Native Plant Garden at Tilden Regional Park

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Entrance to the native plant garden at Tilden

 

Located up in the Berkeley hills is Tilden Park, a great place for hikes and picnics.  The ten-acre garden is nestled in the park and provides a glimpse at several different California native plant communities, some of which cross over to the PNW. There are gravel trails which are fairly walkable though non-slip, sturdy shoes are recommended.  Here is a map of the garden.

 

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Map courtesy of Regional Parks Botanic Garden

 

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Fremontadendron at entrance

 

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Deer Brush (Ceanothus integerrimus)

 

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Pacific Coast Iris

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Carpenteria californica (Bush anenome)

 

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Ooh, I want one of these.

 

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Ceanothus foliosus x C. griseus ‘Joan Mirov’

 

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Hairy Manzanita (Arctostaphylos columbiana)

 

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Native iris in a scree area

 

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Carpet of Oxalis oregana in Redwood section

 

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I like this carpet of Oxalis and am attempting to achieve the same under my Coastal Redwoods.

 

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Rhododendron macrophyllum (Pacific rhododendron)

Onward to Manzanita territory.  The trunks were so dark they looked black at a distance and I thought there might have been a fire. Upon closer inspection they were a deep burgundy color.  This area was packed with Manzanita varieties.

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Moving towards desert area.

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Apricot Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua).

I am smitten with this Apricot Mallow.  Xera Plants carries a variety that does better in our climate.

 

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Channel Islands area

 

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I neglected to write down the name of this little plant. UPDATE: I’ve had two emails stating this is a variety of the California fuchsia (Zauschneria or Epilobium). Narrowed it down to Epilobium canum ssp canum.

 

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Prickly poppy

 

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Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea)

 

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Fremontodendron, cacti, and red monkeyflower (?)

This brings us to the end of our walk around the native garden. While many plants were still in bloom it seems we had just missed the main flush due to an early spring. Plan to spend at least 90 minutes or more to walk around and view the plants. There are lots of benches are available to rest and take in the views.

If you go:

Admission is free

Location: Shasta Road, Berkeley CA 94708. (Type in Regional Parks Botanic Garden for Google Maps). Parking lot is at the intersection of Wildcat Canyon Rd. and South Park Drive.

Hours: 8:30 AM – 5 PM (in summer the garden closes at 5:30 PM)
Closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Cell phones do not work in that area.
Not great for for baby strollers – baby backpacks best.

Plant Sales and Seed information here.
For detailed information visit the garden website.

Consider making a day trip and include visits to the Berkeley Rose Garden and the UC Botanical Garden ($12 fee per person).

Next post will be on a private native/drought tolerant garden in the hills between Vacaville and Winters CA.

 

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