Visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park
The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park is a must visit for plant lovers, those who enjoy gardens or just enjoy being outdoors and visiting a beautiful botanical garden. With all these wonderful Mediterranean and unique gardens of the world to explore, the San Francisco Botanical Garden has everything to see. Main highlights to visiting include the Mediterranean zones, the cloud forest gardens biblical gardens, the Prehistoric garden with some of the most unique and unusual plant genres you’ll come across in your visit here.
History of the San Francisco Botanical Garden
The collections of gardens originally called the Strybing Arboretum is now known as the San Francisco Botanical Garden and is a world class garden to visit especially when the different areas of the gardens are in their blooming cycles from spring to late summer time frame. Locally the gardens are just referred to as ‘the arboretum’ and explore on your own or even on a wonderful guided tour of the park grounds.
The park is over 55 acres of grounds and hosting over 8,000 species of plants from around the world and broken down into the major garden zones to include:
California native plants
Australia and New Zealand
South Asian Cloud Forest
Meso-American Cloud Forest
Andean Cloud Forest
It’s fun to walk around the major pathways with just blend into each other seamlessly in a very cohesive and natural fashion even though there are so many different garden zones of the world to explore here.
Gardens at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens
These are the major gardens to explore at the botanical garden now. Although there are things blooming year round in the gardens, it is good to pick up a map at the main gate
Covering a vast array of Mediterranean zones from California regions, to South Africa, Chile, Australia and other Mediterranean zones, the gardens are a nice representation of beautiful gardens to visit around the world.
Cloud Forest gardens
Colder and mountain forest areas showcase the beautiful trees, shrubs and flowering plants in the mountain areas of the world to explore. This includes the rain forest areas of Southeast Asian cloud forest, the Meso-American Cloud forest and other Rain forest areas of the world
There are so many unusual and interesting areas of the botanical garden to explore that focus on more unique aspects of the plant world to include:, Cactus and succulent areas, A Japanese garden and ponds, a herb and biblical garden, alpine zone, Dry Mexico and even Dwarf Conifers and Redwood grove, and the unusual plants of the entry garden gate areas. Newer entries into fun places to explore at the botanical garden includes: a moon garden, fragrance garden, rhododendron and camelia garden the ancient prehistoric plant zone.
Other places to explore around the Botanical Garden
Gift shop – a fun place for garden inspired art, objects, books, plants and other souvenirs
The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture – a place for more detailed studies, research and finding inspirational gardens and books to enjoy and in a beautiful setting
Relax and picnic on the expansive grass lawn entry to the park grounds
Go on a docent tour of the gardens with a guide that will show you the best of the best in the gardens and what is blooming now.
For quiet relaxation and contemplation, enjoy the Japanese garden and gazebo that overlooks the pond areas with some turtles and wildlife that frequent the area.
Relax and enjoy the outdoor gardens right off the main library area with Mediterranean plantings.
Directions to the San Francisco Botanical Garden
The San Francisco Botanical garden is located in Golden Gate Park and the main entrance is located off Ninth avenue and Lincoln Way. Follow the pathways through the street and into the gated entrance to the botanical garden.
Prices: $12 on Weekends, $9 for adults $6 for ages 12-17 and seniors 65+ with ID
Free garden days daily from 7:30 -9am when you enter the main gates
Hours: The Garden is open daily, starting at 7:30 a.m.
Visit their website here for more details to visiting
Visit these other fantastic gardens and places around Golden Gate Park
Explore the exotic and well maintained Japanese Tea Garden
Visit the beautiful glass conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco
Stroll or boat around the Stow Lake area
Enjoy the lovely Dahlia Garden by the Conservatory of Flowers
Conclusion to visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden
So, these are all the most popular and well-loved parts of Golden Gate Park that locals and visitors enjoy including the San Francisco Botanical Garden. If you have been here, we would love to hear your thoughts or inside tips to visiting the area.
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