Botanical Gardens

We went to Berkeley Botanical Gardens last Sunday. It was an opportunity to take lots of pictures. The Gardens cover 24 acres and feature over 13,000 different kinds of plants.

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However, this post is not so much about the Gardens, as the parking for the gardens. There is a small pay car park across from the entrance. I saw machines, so assumed it was a pay and display, where I would need to get a ticket and place it in the window of the car. I walked across to the machine and read the instructions.  These required you to enter the number of the bay in which you were parked. This presumably means that parkers do not need to return to their car once they have paid, as there is no ticket for the window. Since, I had no idea that was how it worked, I had left my camera in the car and had no idea of the number, so a return trip was going to be needed.

I can see why this is seemed like a good idea to the planners, but if you are going to require people to enter the number of the place they parked, it helps if you repaint the numbers from time to time.  The numbers were no longer legible. We were forced to take a guess based on the vague shapes left on our slot and the ones other side.

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