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.
Ooh, I want one of these.
I like this carpet of Oxalis and am attempting to achieve the same under my Coastal Redwoods.
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.
Moving towards desert area.
I am smitten with this Apricot Mallow. Xera Plants carries a variety that does better in our climate.
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.
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.
Next post will be on a private native/drought tolerant garden in the hills between Vacaville and Winters CA.