JULY 30, 2021 MASK UPDATE
Outdoor spaces: No mask required
Indoor spaces: Mask required (Glass Houses, Garden Shop, Restrooms)

Per new Health Orders, please bring a mask and follow posted guidelines.

Visit the UC Botanical Garden

Hours

The Garden is open by reservation only for the general public.

No advance reservation required for Members or UCB affiliates.

New Hours, Open Daily:
Members Hour, 9 – 10 am
General Admission, 10 am – 5 pm

Closed the First Tuesday of the month
Starting October, closed First and Third Tuesday of the month

Visit our calendar for holiday and special closures.

Closed for renovations: Tropical House

The Mather Redwood Grove is closed during wedding ceremonies. Click here for upcoming Grove closures dates/times.

Please note that there may be path disruptions throughout the Garden for important maintenance and horticultural projects.

Amenities: Restrooms, benches, picnic tables, water bottle filling stations, Garden Shop (open 10:30 am – 4:30 pm).

Admission

Online advanced admission tickets are required unless a Member/Cal affiliate

Click dates below to make your reservation.

Adult $15
Seniors (65+) $12
Non-UCB Students $12
Juniors (7– 17) $7
Children 6 and under Free
NARM/ROAM/AHS Reciprocal Members with card Free
— NO RESERVATION REQUIRED —
UCB faculty, staff, & students; LBNL, UCOP staff Free
UCBG Members Free

Visit Reservations

Reservations are required to enter the Garden unless a UCBG Member or UC Berkeley affiliate. Reservations must be made online via a timed-ticketing reservation system before you arrive at the Garden. Click button below to make your reservation. Consider becoming a member online today for free access!

Reservation slots are released every Friday for the following Wednesday to Wednesday week. The Garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month. Beginning in October, the Garden will be closed both the first and third Tuesday.

Button below opens all next available dates starting with today.
Click “Other dates…” and “Other times…” to search.

Tickets for Today through September 22

NOTE: Saturday, Sept 18 is a Cal Football Game. Click here for detour information.

For ticket/visit questions: email garden@berkeley.edu or call 510-643-2755

UCBG Members and UCB & LBNL staff, students, and faculty with ID do not need a reservation but do need to check in at the Kiosk window to be verified for entry.

Members Only Hour is 9:00 – 10:00 am. Members are not required to make an advance reservation.

Visit Guidelines

Visitor Guidelines:

  • Face Coverings are required indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors. Masks are optional outdoors.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are not allowed in the Garden due to the sensitivity of our plant collection. Trained service dogs are allowed. Click here to read the guidelines that the Garden follows.
  • Stay on the Path and Out of Garden Beds. Keep everyone to paths to protect our plants and soil.
  • No Picking/Collecting Plants or Leaves. This is a museum collection.
  • No Recreational Equipment or Running: All recreational equipment, including sports materials, bikes/scooter, frisbees and shade structures, are not allowed as we are a museum.
  • No Instruments or Amplified Sound: Sound from instruments or devices are not permitted while visiting the Garden to maintain the natural ambient sound for all visitors.
  • Professional Photography: Contact our rental department gardenrentals@berkeley.edu.
  • No Impromptu Weddings Allowed Anywhere in the Garden: For event rentals, click here.
  • No Smoking.

For a complete list of Garden Rules and Recommendations, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW CAN I VISIT THE GARDEN?

You may visit the Garden by purchasing timed admission tickets in advance. 

Beginning July 5, UCBG Members and UC Berkeley affiliates do not make advance reservations. Simply bring identification to the Kiosk admission ticket window for verification for entry. Any additional guests outside of your membership level package do still need an advance ticket reservation.

Not a Member yet? Become a member today

ARE MASKS STILL REQUIRED? WHAT IF I’M VACCINATED?

Per the latest update on July 30, 2021, masks are required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors in indoor spaces. These include our glass house collections,  restrooms, and the Garden Shop. Face coverings are optional while outdoors.

WHAT WILL I NEED FOR MY VISIT?

Face coverings are required to enter indoor spaces.

Bring your ID or card affiliation for all ticket price types requiring verification at the Kiosk during check in. These include students, UCBG Members, ROAM/NARM/APGA reciprocal members, and Cal affiliates. Bring your Gust Pass if using one for a guest. 

Note that the Garden Shop has only small packaged snacks and drinks for sale; no other food is available on site.

WHAT IF I ARRIVE LATE?

You must arrive during the time of your purchased admission ticket as we may not be able to accommodate late entries over the 30 minute arrival window. 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. Purchase ticket reservations in advance to guarantee admission. The exceptions are UCBG Members and Cal affiliates who are not required to make a reservation.

HOW MANY TICKETS CAN I RESERVE?

There is a 20 person limit to tickets reservations. If you are looking to bring a group to the Garden, such as a class or tour group, please contact our group scheduler at gardentours@berkeley.edu

Members no longer need an advance reservation for the number of guests associated with their Membership level or when using their Guest Passes. Advance tickets are still required for any guests outside of your membership package that must pay for entry. Visit our website for more information about membership level packages at botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/membership.

CAN I MAKE A RESERVATION OVER THE PHONE?

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

I’M A MEMBER TRYING TO MAKE A RESERVATION BUT IT’S NO LONGER MAKING MY TICKETS FREE, WHAT HAPPENED?

Beginning July 5, UCBG Members no longer need to make a reservation to enter the Garden, so our ticketing system is now for non-member and paying customers only. If you have questions, 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 two available pay stations or via the parking app.  Be prepared to enter your license plate number. This “Hill” parking lot is managed by UC Berkeley. Parking is not guaranteed.

WHAT IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE AT THE GARDEN?

  • Temporarily Closed for refurbishing: Tropical House.
  • Please note that there will be occasional path disruptions throughout the Garden, as we manage important horticultural projects. The Mather Redwood Grove closes temporarily during rental ceremonies.
  • We are not yet offering the Plants of the World Tours or onsite public programs.

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?

 Please contact gardenrentals@berkeley.edu to inquire.

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.