San Francisco Botanical Garden
Located within the Golden Gate Park, the 55-acre San Francisco Botanical Garden is an urban oasis. With over 8,000 plant species from around the world, visitors are treated to a stunning display of flora in landscaped gardens and open spaces. With San Francisco’s unique microclimate the botanical gardens are home to numerous plant species that are no longer growing in their native habitats, thus making the gardens play an important role in plant conservation.
As a living museum of plants, the San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to several plant collections. Flora collections include magnolias, cloud forest species, a Redwood Grove, California natives, Mediterranean climate habitat and high elevation palms. The magnolia collection features nearly 100 magnolias with 51 different species and is the most significant collection of magnolias for conservation efforts outside of China. The cloud forest collection features species from the tropical mountains of Mexico, Central and South America, with plants thriving in the Bay Area’s moist air and year-round mild temperatures. The Redwood Grove has century-old Coast Redwoods that tower above visitors and provide shade and protection for smaller plant species at their base. I love seeing the Redwoods and share my enthusiasm for the trees with a big tree hug! The Mediterranean climate habit features plant species from Australia, Chile, the Mediterranean, and South Africa. The high elevation palms collection features palm species that can grow up to an elevation of 11,000-feet in their native habitats. A pair of palms that were planted in 1983 and are still immature at 70-feet tall! Nature lovers will be inspired by the unique collection of plant species in this urban sanctuary!
Although the weather was gray and cloudy, the vibrant colors of the flora seemed to make the gray skies disappear as I was walking through the labyrinth of gardens! The San Francisco Botanical Garden is the perfect urban oasis featuring a variety of plant species that thrive in the Bay Area’s mild climate. To plan your visit to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, please visit www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.
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It is too long ago since I visited San Francisco and this place looks like another great reason to go back. It truly looks wonderful and considering how large it is it would make a wonderful and peaceful distraction from the city. Thanks for sharing your experience with us Heather.
Thanks for visiting the blog! It is so lovely to stroll through the beautiful San Francisco Botanical Garden, such a peaceful oasis! San Francisco is a wonderful city, I hope you can return one day soon! Safe travels! 🙂