In observance of the Alameda County Public Health Department order to shelter in place, UCBG is closed – and all programs suspended – until further notice. We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation and follow updated recommendations as they become available. Please check our website and calendar for the status of future scheduled events. We look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen.

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 Garden Calendar 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.

Please see the bottom of this page for Redwood Grove closure times due to event schedule.

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 on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month.

The Garden Shop and Plant Deck are open 10:30 am – 4:30 pm every day. We have a variety of 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:


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

Game Days

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.

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Grove Closures

Rental events in the Grove are one way we raise needed funds to operate the garden and support our education, conservation, and horticulture programs. The Grove is regularly open from 9 am – 4 pm. On the following dates, the grove will be closed at the time listed through the end of the day.

Saturday, March 14th at 1:00 pm
Thursday, March 19th, opens at noon
Friday, March 27th at 4:00 pm