Photo of the Week: International Botanical Garden

A wonderland of plant life from around the planet

Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs

Pam in front of a totara in Berkeley

In the delightfully named Strawberry Canyon high above the university campus, is the Botanical Garden of Berkeley. It’s located in a micro-climate facing northwest and operates as a living museum.

It’s unique feature is the world-wide plant life set out in appropriate zones: Southern Africa, Asia, Mediterranean, South America, Deserts of the Americas. Eastern North America, Mexico and Central America, California, and …. Australasia.

It was wonderful to see a rimu, two totara, pongas, pittosporum and other Kiwi favourites here in California.

This garden is magnificent and the range of plants is extraordinary. Not surprisingly, it attracts large numbers of researchers, students and tourists.

It’s about a 2km walk up hill from the main part of UC Berkeley, however if you want a ride up, shuttles operate on a regular basis from the campus’s Evans Hall.


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