Visit the UC Botanical Garden

Hours

The Garden is open by reservation only

Modified Hours, Open Daily:
Members Hour, 10 – 11 am
General Admission, 11 am – 5 pm
Closed the First Tuesday of the month

Visit our calendar for holiday and special closures.

Temporarily Closed:

  • Glasshouses
  • Water Fountains

Please note that there will be path disruptions throughout the Garden, as we manage visitation flow and allow for important horticultural projects.

Restrooms, benches, and water bottle filling stations will be available.

Admission

Online advanced admission tickets are required for all visitors, including members

See dates below to make your reservation. Members must Sign in to receive their free admission.

Adult $15
Seniors (65+) $12
Juniors (7– 17) $7
Children 6 and under Free
Non-UCB Students $12
UCBG Members; UCB faculty, staff, & students; LBNL staff; UCOP staff Free
NARM/ROAM/APGA Members Free

Visit Reservations

Reservations are required to enter the Garden. Reservations must be made online via a timed-ticketing reservation system before you arrive at the Garden. You are limited to 8 total tickets per reservation.

Members must login to make reservations for Members Only hour and to receive their free admission. Not a member? Join online today!

Saturday, April 10 Sunday, April 11 Monday, April 12 Tuesday, April 13

Wednesday, April 14 Thursday, April 15 Friday, April 16 Saturday, April 17

Sunday, April 18 Monday, April 19 Tuesday, April 20 Wednesday, April 21

Reservation slots are released every Friday for the following Wednesday to Wednesday week.
For ticket/visit questions: email garden@berkeley.edu or call 510-643-2755

Visit Guidelines

While at the Garden, the following guidelines must be followed by all visitors. Per California Health and Safety Code § 120295:

Face Coverings Required

Face coverings are required for visitors over the age of two. Those with medical, safety, and disability exceptions are not required to wear a face covering.

Physical Distancing in Effect

Please keep 6 feet of distance between you and other visitors who are not in your social group.

Wash Your Hands

Please wash your hands, refrain from touching your face, and use hand sanitizer often.

Rules of the Road

Walk on the right side and pass on the left single file. Please do not step off the paths.

While UCBG has taken necessary safety protocols and procedures, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Please stay home if you are sick.

For a complete list of Garden Rules for visitors, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW CAN I VISIT THE GARDEN?

The Garden reopened to UCBG Members on July 14th and to the general public on July 22nd. You may visit the Garden by purchasing timed admission tickets in advance.

Members need to Register with the reservation system and Sign In to receive their free tickets. Choose regular priced tickets and they will be discounted to free at the check out window.

Not a Member yet? Become a member today

WHAT WILL I NEED FOR MY VISIT?

Face coverings are required for all visitors above the age of two. Bring your ID or card affiliation for all ticket price types requiring verification at the Kiosk during check in. These including students, ROAM/NARM/APGA  members, and Cal affiliates.

UCBG Members have already been verified when Signed in during ticket purchasing.

WHAT IF I ARRIVE LATE?

We may not be able to accommodate late entries over 30 minutes. If you need to reschedule, please contact us at 510-643-2755.

CAN I GET A TICKET AT THE ENTRANCE?

With some special exceptions, all tickets are sold online only. We will not process ticket reservations at the entrance until further notice.

CAN I MAKE A RESERVATION OVER THE PHONE?

Yes. For assistance with reservations, please call 510-643-2755.

I’M HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE REGISTER SECTION OF YOUR SITE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you are Member and having trouble Registering on our site, or if it is not recognizing your membership package for free admission, please email our membership department at gardenmembership@berkeley.edu

HOW DO I KNOW MY RESERVATION WENT THROUGH?

You will know if your reservation went through ONLY if you received a confirmation email.

DO I NEED A RESERVATION FOR MY CHILD?

Yes. All children will need to be included in your reservation.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION/EXCHANGE POLICY?

If you find you will be unable to make your timed entrance, please call 510-643-2755 to reschedule. If you are not feeling well, please do not come to the Garden.

IS PARKING AVAILABLE?

Limited parking is available at the UCBG parking lot, which is located across Centennial Drive from the Main Garden entrance. The rate is $1/hour payable by credit card or cash at a pay station or via the parking app. Parking is not guaranteed.

WHAT SERVICES/AREAS OF THE GARDEN ARE BEING AFFECTED?

  • Temporary Closures: Glass Houses and Water Fountain (bottle filling station open). Please note that there will be path disruptions throughout the Garden, as we manage visitation flow and important horticultural projects.
  • Temporarily, we are not offering the Plants of the World Tours or onsite public programs.
  • Restrooms, benches, and water bottle filling stations are available.
  • The lawn is open but please no picnicing.

HOW MANY TICKETS CAN I RESERVE?

In order to reduce group sizes, we are limiting reservations to 8 tickets. Members will receive the number of free admission tickets associated with their Membership level. Visit our website for more information about membership level packages at botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/membership.

WHAT IS THE GARDEN DOING TO ADDRESS SAFETY?

You will notice a number of changes to the Garden entrance/ exit and check-in areas, restrooms, and other typically high-traffic areas of the collection to better control the flow of visitors and facilitate 6-ft physical distancing guidelines.

NOTE: While the Garden is taking measures to adhere to local and state guidelines, there is an inherent risk with visiting a public space.

MY TICKET HAS AN END TIME, CAN I STAY LONGER?

We are using timed-ticketing as a way to achieve the need for physical distancing, particularly in and around our entrance/exit. You must arrive at or near your timed admission start time to be admitted. You can stay beyond the two hour reservation time, but please be sensitive to other visitors time in the Garden.

WE ARE OUTSIDE. WHY DO I HAVE TO WEAR A FACE COVERING AT ALL TIMES?

We are following the City of Berkeley mandates and California Health and Safety Codes. Face coverings protect fellow visitors and unseen staff members and volunteers working within the Garden. Let’s all protect each other!

ARE DOGS ALLOWED?

Pets are not allowed in the Garden due to the sensitivity of our plant collection.  However, trained service dogs are allowed. The Garden follows these guidelines: http://access-guide.berkeley.edu/animals-accommodations.

CAN I HAVE MY PHOTOSHOOT AT THE GARDEN?

Due to the City and County mandates, all visitors to the Garden have to keep their masks on at all times (except to eat or drink), we cannot host photo shoots/sessions. If taking any photos in the Garden, everyone has to keep their masks on at all times.

CAN WE PAY FOR ADMISSION AND HAVE A SMALL WEDDING/IMPROMPTU CEREMONY AT THE GARDEN?

Unfortunately, no. You must reserve a venue and date through the rental department: botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/rentals.