Tilden, Botanical Garden

The Entry Gate
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The entry gate was across and down the road from the parking lot. This can be confusing when driving because city maps shows the entry on one side of the road but not the parking on the other side. Just be aware that the parking is on Wildcat Canyon Road fifty feet before the entrance when traveling east.

You may also access this botanical garden using an AC Transit 67 line bus. external link Get off at either the Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Shasta Road stop (weekdays) or at the Brazilian Room (weekends).


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Garden Rules
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The garden rules were posted right there at the entrance. They read:

Welcome to the Botanic Garden,
a Living Museum.

Please observe the following rules:

  • Walk on paths or lawns, not on the plant beds
  • No running or playing
  • Climbing trees is prohibited
  • No Collecting plant parts or specimens
  • Do not remove gravel or rocks
  • Dogs are prohibited
  • Park or walk your bicycle
  • Loud music is prohibited
  • Children must be under adult supervision
  • East Bay Regional Park District


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    Smooth Path At The Entrance
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    A smooth path led from the entrance to the Visitor Center. But be aware that this garden was built before ADA rules so sadly is not disability friendly. Beyond the Visitor Center the paths become rougher with stairs and winding narrow trails. Good for walking. Bad for walking aids and wheels.


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    Lots Of Signs
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    This botanic garden employed lots of signs to identify plants. The signs were clear and large, with a big enough font to be easily read.


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    Stone Path
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    A cobblestone path led through one section of the garden, here bordered by a low stone path. Notice California poppies growing wild along the low wall.


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    Like A Fairy Tale
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    Some parts of the garden appeared sliced from a book of faerie tales. Here, a winding path ran through a rich forest scene bordered by a wooden rail fence. Only the frequent signs spoiled the illusion.


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    A Bridge
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    A stone and concrete bridge arched high over a running creek. Two paths parallel each other here. One ran next to the bridge, the other ran over the bridge. The two joined to the right of the bridge perhaps fifty feet distant.


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    Dirt Path
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    The dirt path that ran next to the bridge in the previous shot. It appears to disappear in darkness, but really just curved out of sight to join the path over the bridge.


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    Another Bridge
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    Another bridge over Wildcat Creek was lower and in the distance. Note that Wildcat Creek runs through the Botanical Garden and continues to later arrive at Jewel Lake internal link.


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    Juniper Lodge
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    Juniper Lodge is where the annual plant sale is held in April. It is also where weekly plant sales take place.


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    Redwood Grove
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    The redwood grove is in the upper northwest corner of the garden. It is an amazingly quiet and majestic place to just stand and meditate.


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    Lawn Beyond
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    A wide section of lawn was just beyond the redwood grove. Too bad thickets prevented the direct approach and instead forced a retreat and a roundabout access.


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    Redwood Burl
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    A burl of redwood in the glade had captured a puddle of water. Note that the moist shade allowed moss to grow.


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    Lawn And The Potting Shed
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    Just past the potting shed was an area of lawn. A lovely place to visit with a picnic basket.


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    More Lawn Below
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    Beyond and below the potting shed was another section of lawn. Notice the stone steps in the foreground leading down.


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    The Potting Shed
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    Inside the potting shed were labeled cuttings in trays.


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    A Butterfly
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    A handsome butterfly alighted on flowers next to the lower lawn.


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    Two Manzanita Bushes
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    Two huge Kings Mountain manzanita (Arctostaphylos regismontana) grew alongside the path next to Wildcat Creek. Note that these manzanita are endangered in the wild.


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    Bench Under A Bridge
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    A bridge over Wildcat Creek had a bench under it. There were two bridge arches. The nearest one shown here was over a path. The further one was over the creek.


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    Narrow Flagstone Paths
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    Across the creek, narrow flagstone paths lead step-like up and across the hill. This is why the old-style design of the garden was unfortunately not disability friendly.


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    Moss And Lichen
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    Lichen and moss grew on a wall that ran alongside the creek.


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    The Creek
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    At one place in the garden, the creek ran down a narrow channel. It was in this deeper area where a crayfish was found internal link.


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    Dragonfly
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    A dragonfly alighted on a rock right next to the creek. Another creature seen in the garden was a Junco internal link.


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    Visitor Center
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    The James B. Roof Visitor Center. James Bernard Roof (1910-1983) founded the East Bay Regional Park District's Botanic Garden. Building the garden began on January 1, 1940 and continued with a brief interruption due to World War II because Roof was drafted. (Ref. external link)


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