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Blake Garden, Berkeley

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Blake Garden is a teaching facility for the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design in the hills of Kensington, California, a census-designated place of the East Bay region of the Bay Area in Northern California, approximately 4 mi (6.4 km) north of the main University of California, Berkeley campus. It was originally designed by landscape architect Mabel Symmes for the estate owned by her sister and brother-in-law, Anita and Anson Blake; the trio lived in Blake House, a mansion on the estate designed by architect Walter Danforth Bliss and completed in 1924. The Blakes deeded the grounds to their alma mater, the University of California, in 1957, which took full control after Anita's death in 1962, implementing a redesign by Geraldine Knight Scott starting from 1964. Blake House served as the official residence of the President of the University of California from 1967 to 2008. Since 2009, Blake Garden has been open to the public on weekdays.
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  • Another Berkeley favorite. A beautiful garden. Never crowded. Open weekdays only. great for short hikes, tea ceremonies, picnics, living the hygge life. Close to home for us, so we're frequent flyers....  more
    Another Berkeley favorite. A beautiful garden. Never crowded. Open weekdays only. great for short hikes, tea ceremonies, picnics, living the hygge life. Close to home for us, so we're frequent flyers....  more »
  • This is a pleasant garden and green space in the middle of the built-up city and a good place to get some peace and quiet. 
    This is a pleasant garden and green space in the middle of the built-up city and a good place to get some peace and quiet.  more »
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  • Free (apart from the Uber rides) and big enough to get kind of lost in. Take a photo of the map at the entrance gate, it will help a lot to make sense of things. (Also to find the bathroom.) It's amazing how in short order you can go from organized garden to redwood forest to Mediterranean dell.
  • A wonderfully fragrant garden. Not a very large property, but nonetheless full of many different plants. Dogs are welcomed👍👍👍. Great view of the Bay

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