AAA Editor Notes
UC Botanical Garden is at 200 Centennial Dr., about midway between UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium and the Lawrence Hall of Science. This scientific research and display garden has a collection of plants from around the world, grouped according to origin in nine major geographic regions. One of the most interesting sections is New World Desert, which contains a variety of cacti, succulents and other desert dwellers.

Another fascinating collection, Southern Africa, explodes with color in spring when such perennials as Cape cowslips, Cape marigolds and proteas are in bloom. The California collection showcases the state's diversity of native flora, including a redwood forest and such wildflowers as the California poppy (the California state flower), which blooms from February through June.

There's also a garden with rose cultivars from the 19th and early 20th centuries, a Chinese medicinal herb garden, and greenhouses containing cacti, tropicals, orchids, ferns and carnivorous plants. The hillside location, surrounded by woodlands, is serene and lovely.

Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.

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