Spring is upon us and that means the flowers are blooming and it’s the perfect time to get outdoors to soak up the sun. If you’re a nature enthusiast like me, you’re probably always looking for the next botanical garden or flower field to explore. However, rose gardens are always at the top of my list starting early May since it’s the perfect time to see the roses in full bloom.
The San Francisco Bay Area has quite a few rose gardens but today I’m going to give you the ins and outs of the Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden located in the hills of Berkeley, California and is directly across the street from Codornices Park. The address is 1200 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, CA and getting there is fairly easy. It is open from dawn to dusk and is a must-see if you’re in the area. If you choose to drive there, there is free parking on both sides of the street. The sidewalks are pretty slim so just be cautious if you’re traveling with your little ones.
The garden is semi wheelchair and stroller accessible. There are ramps and smooth paths but they can be steep and are not throughout the whole garden. To access the majority of the roses, you’ll have to use the stairs. The stairs are well maintained and are not too steep. There is a small trail that loops around the west side of the garden that can be more difficult to navigate but there aren’t any roses along that path. However, the path is nice to explore as it is in the shade and there are a few small bridges to cross – perfect for a busy toddler to explore.
There are plenty of benches throughout the garden, as well as a picnic table. There is a restroom and even a few tennis courts so you can get your Venus and Serena on. Upon entry into the gardens, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge!
The roses themselves are beautiful. As soon as you enter the gate, you can smell the beautiful fragrance of the fresh roses. Each rose has a name and are all very unique. The garden is maintained by volunteers so it’s always in tip-top shape. You can visit all year round but the best time to go is early May to really get the full experience. The rose garden isn’t too big and you can expect to smell all the roses under an hour. Please refrain from picking the roses even though it may be tempting because they look so beautiful.
If you have your little ones with you, they can enjoy running around the garden and you’ll pretty much be able to see them from all angles. There is a small creek at the bottom of the gardens that you’ll want to watch out for though. There is no entry fee and you can stay as long as you like…well until the sun goes down. Be sure to bring water and snacks if you plan on staying long as there are no grocery stores or food vendors within close proximity.
Overall, the Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden is a great location for all ages. It’s free, easily accessible, and smells good – what more could you want.
Check out the Rose Garden’s website at: https://www.cityofberkeley.info/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=12048
Enjoy your spring 🙂
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