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Berkeley Horticultural Nursery

Grab a couple of pastries from Hopkins Street Bakery around the corner, then wile away a sunny morning fantasizing about planting your own personal Eden at this expansive nursery, which occupies almost an entire Berkeley block.. The vibe is tranquil, with trickling fountains, dozing cats, and serene bearded guys in overalls happy to offer advice on Jester flax, Australian tea trees, or growing cape gooseberries from seed. A sniff-worthy citrus section, filled with exotics like yuzu, pummelo, and Persian sweet lime, will make you forget all about workaday Meyer lemons. Under the shade canopy, the huge selection of Japanese maples, camellias, hydrangeas, and rhododendrons emboldens anyone who has struggled to liven up a dark and dreary spot. The yard-less among us can choose from plenty of container-loving plants and herbs that will be happy to occupy a spot on a patio or windowsill. Don't leave without visiting the weird albino fallopia japonica; its giant cotton-candy pink stems and white leaves look like something out of Dr. Seuss.

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