Skip to Main Content

UC Berkeley Campus Research Guide: Landscape

This is a guide to finding information about the UC Berkeley campus, including individual buildings, features, landscapes, artworks, and plans.

Overall Landscape Architecture

In addition, the California Landscape Architecture research guide may be helpful.

Outdoor Art, Benches, Sundials, etc.

Individual Landscape Sites

Blake Estate and Garden Architect: Walter Bliss. Completed: 1926 

  • Blake Estate Collection. Spans ca.1922-1998 and contains records documenting its history as the private residence of Anson S. and Anita Blake and later as a teaching resource owned and managed by the UCB, Department of Landscape Architecture, now the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. Included are projects by professional architects and landscape architects, as well as design projects by landscape architecture students. Available at CED Archives ARCH 2002-6; call for appointment; view the Finding aid
  • Blake garden (Spring 1987) by Linda Haymaker, Pacific Horticulture, 48(1), p. 8 -13. Discusses early development of the garden and the subsequent work under the ownership of UC Berkeley. Plan and photographs. See: Ref Desk File:UCB Buildings, Landscape, Plans.
  • Blake garden : a history of landscape change (2006) compiled by Linda Jewell, John Norcross and graduate students
  • Return to glory (Summer 1986), by Lawrence Lee, Garden Design, 5(2), p.56-64. Describes restoration of the Blake garden, including plant species. Photographs.

 Botanical Garden Architect: Office of Architects and Engineers. Completed: 1927

 Campanile Esplanade Also called “Sather Esplanade”

The formal open-air setting for the Campanile planted with sycamores, remnants of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition, transplanted after the expo closed. When planted and trimmed in the formal manner, these pollarded trees are called London Plane Trees.

 Campanile Way

Central or Memorial Glade Landscape architect: Richard Haag and Royston Hanamoto Alley and Abey landscape architects. Completed: 1997-1998

The Glade is the topping on the underground layers of the Gardner Stacks in Doe Library.

 Faculty Glade

Goodspeed Natural Area: Sloping grass area between the Faculty Club and Strawberry Creek

 Founders Rock Area

Grinnell Natural Area

A grove of coast live oak, Monterey pine trees, and redwoods near the West entrance of campus, bordered to the north by Strawberry Creek and the Eucalyptus Grove.

 Hearst Mining Circle Architect: John Galen Howard Completed:1914

 Maxwell Family Field

  • An artificial turf multi-use playing field. Formerly Kleeberger Field

Memorial Glade 

  • See Central or Memorial Glade

 North Gate

A pedestrian gate at the north entrance to campus, located at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Hearst Avenue, donated by the class of 1954.

  • The Class of 1954 Gate competition, (1996) University of California, Berkeley. A brief history of the competition and construction of the gate, and reproductions of the finalists' and other entrants' architectural plans.

 Observatory Hill

 Piedmont Way

 Plazas See also individual plazas, by name

 Sather Gate Architect: John Galen Howard. Completed: 1910.

 Sproul Plaza Hardison & DeMars with Lawrence Halprin. Completed: 1961.

 Strawberry Creek