The Garden is Open

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Garden! You will notice a number of changes to better control the flow of visitors and facilitate six feet physical distancing guidelines. Changes you may notice include: modified hours, reservation for admission, some closures and adjusted services, and relocation of plant sales.

Hours

The Garden is open by reservation only

Modified Hours:
Open Daily, 12 – 5 pm

Nursery Hours:
Open daily, 12 – 4 pm with admission
Public Nursery-only Open Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, through August, 10 – 11:30 am

Plants for sale on the Tour Deck with a focus on California natives, cacti, and succulents. More info.

Temporarily Closed:

  • Indoor Garden Shop
  • Redwood Grove
  • Glasshouses
  • Water Fountain
  • Picnic Tables

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 login 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. Members must login to receive their free admission. You are limited to 6 total tickets per reservation.

Aug 5 Aug 6 Aug 7 Aug 8

Aug 9 Aug 10 Aug 11 Aug 12

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW CAN I VISIT THE GARDEN?

The Garden is only open to card holding UCBG Members starting July 14th through the 20th. Not a member yet? Become a member today

Members will receive information on how to login to our reservation system, and they will then reserve in advance for a timed entrance slot.

The Garden will be open to the public beginning July 22nd.

WHAT WILL I NEED FOR MY VISIT?

Please bring your ID or Garden membership card. Face coverings and physical distancing measures will be required.

I AM A ROAM/NARM/APGA MEMBER. CAN I RESERVE A TICKET AT THIS TIME?

The Garden is open to UCBG members only July 14th through July 20th. We look forward to seeing all of our affiliated partner members starting July 22nd!

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: Redwood Grove, indoor Garden Shop, Glass Houses, Water Fountain (bottle filling station open), and Picnic Tables. 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 will be 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 6 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!