We often recommend a 2-hour visit with the expectation that you will return again and again. With our 12,000 different kinds of plants, a 2-hour (120-minute) visit would require that you see 100 different kinds of plants per minute to experience our entire collection.
Always check the before your visit for details on special closure days, events and programs. The best way for first-time visitors to see the Garden is with one of our expert docents. Docent tours (free with Garden admission) are available to the public at 1:30 PM on Thursday – Sunday year-round.
In order to minimize the impact on the plant collection and ensure the safety of visitors, we do not admit groups on our “First Free Wednesdays.”
The UC Botanical Garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month
The Garden Shop and Plant Deck are open 9:00 am -4:30 pm everyday. We have a variety gifts and plants for every visitor.
While in the Garden, please note: The Garden is a living museum for the public to enjoy and respect. Please stay on the paths and out of the Garden beds. Do not pick or tamper with any plant material or items in the Garden. The Garden is a research facility with many ongoing projects that must not be disturbed. Smoking and pets (with the exception of trained service animals) are prohibited.
Pets are not allowed in the Garden due to the sensitivity of our plant collection. However, trained service dogs are allowed, and the Garden follows these guidelines: http://access-guide.berkeley.
The Garden is committed to making its grounds and facilities throughout its 34 acres accessible to all who visit. However, the layout of some areas of the Garden may prove difficult for those with mobility challenges. The grounds are accessible by paved pathways throughout the Garden but certain paths may be narrow, rough, uneven or steep. Only trained service dogs are allowed to enter the Garden grounds. There are two parking spots available for people with mobility issues in the main Garden parking lot. If you have further questions, please contact us at 510-643-2755 or garden.berkeley.edu.
Directions to the UC Botanical Garden may be affected by football games at California Memorial Stadium. Centennial Drive below the Botanical Garden is closed 3 hours prior to kickoff. Centennial Drive from Grizzly Peak to the Garden remains open. For a list of upcoming game days and times, visit the Cal football website.