Berkeley Botanical Gardens

dodgerdudetteJune 12, 2009

I have included captions on these and hope you can see them, I love Picassa to manage my photos but the slideshow on the web album needs improvement ! This is only a slim fraction of the photos I took, and I tried to select those that made me think the most of my 'imaginary friends'.

Hope you enjoy

Kathy in Napa

Here is a link that might be useful: UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

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gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Oh what fun!!!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 10:25PM
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triple_creek(z5)

Kathy,these were so different from what we are used to seeing. I really enjoyed them. And you even thought of me. How nice. It's hard to believe that the dogwoods are now blooming there in a warmer climate than mine.
Gteart job photographing. norma

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 11:39PM
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saucydog(z5MA)

That was fun! You are really good with your camera!

That is an observation hive in the greenhouse. My neighbor has a smaller version and is letting me borrow it to bring to school....I'm slightly nervous about it.

Thanks for sharing!

Saucy

    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 7:37AM
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deanneart(z5Southern NH)

How wonderful!!!!! Thanks for taking us on the tour with your terrific photographs. I just love everything about this garden. So very many unique and beautiful things.

Deanne

    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 2:06PM
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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

Definitely fun. I didn't recognize much! It's a whole different world out there....

    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 5:20PM
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michelle_zone4

I think I've only scratched the surface of the plant world. Thanks for the fabulous pictures Kathy.

Michelle

    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 11:27PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Finally got around to checking out the Botanical Garden. Different in spades. Quite far from my ideal English garden dreams, but I guess that's what makes it so interesting. Photo #5 is artistic in it's composition. Just love the texture. The water in #7 is so clear!! It looks so natural. The photo of the Dogwoods also very nicely framed! They look like a Dove tree for some reason. Are the dogwoods there a different variety than ours here in the East? I didn't realize it was on the water, did you sit for awhile at that high point and enjoy the view? What an impact that Alstroemeria makes and I love the apricot shades. Much prettier than what you find at the supermarket. Another interesting photo of the cactus among the flowers. I never thought that conservatories had indoor bee hives, how neat! Thanks for taking us along, I'm not sure I will ever get there otherwise. :-)

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 2:13PM
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dodgerdudette

PM, there are Dogwoods here that are native to our Redwood and mixed conifer forests, but the Dogwoods at the garden could have been from anywhere really, since the garden has native plants from all over the world, many of which are not typically seen in cultivation. The garden is not really on the water, it is in the hills above the university , with the city of Berkeley and Interstate 80 between it and the San Francisco Bay.

Thank you and everyone for the nice comments about my photos, I have very much been inspired by Deanne and Marie to improve -it helps to have a really nice camera too, lol !

Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 7:49PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

So much for my powers of observation. I can't believe I thought the Botanical Gardens were that large! lol

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 6:07AM
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chloehoover(z6b VA)

Terrific fantasy world, Kathy -- your photos are wonderful -- and I recognized almost nothing -- as Michelle said, I think Im ignorant of too many items in the plant world! Very cool stuff you saw.

-cindy

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 1:13PM
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denisez10(SoCal)

What a great field trip, and is that a spiral aloe in bloom?! Beautiful photos.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 1:28PM
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chelone

Fantasy plants from FanatasyLand; like Woody there wasn't much I recognized. I love the viewable bee hive and the shot of the cactus was just mind blowing for me (here in the New England version of the Panamanian rainforest).

    Bookmark   June 21, 2009 at 8:16AM
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