San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden, a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.


The San Francisco Advantage:

The Bay Area’s mild temperatures, wet winters and dry summers, coupled with San Francisco’s famous coastal fog, provide a range of climatic conditions that exist in few other botanical gardens in the world. With its unique microclimate, San Francisco Botanical Garden is able to recreate conditions of the high elevation tropical cloud forests. Largely due to these natural advantages, San Francisco Botanical Garden is known for its unique, diverse and significant botanical collections.


San Francisco Botanical Garden Vision Statement
San Francisco Botanical Garden will be cherished locally and recognized internationally for beauty, diversity of plant collections, educational programs and dedication to conservation.

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society Mission Statement
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society builds communities of support for the Garden and cultivates the bond between people and plants.

In 1890, John McLaren selected the location for a future botanical garden, based on the presence of “a variety of soil and exposure, sloping, dry and sunny hillsides, sheltered spots and rich, low or marshy land.” The Garden finally became a reality in 1926 when Helene Strybing, the prosperous widow of a San Francisco merchant, funded the project.


What To Explore:

The Botanical Garden’s beauty includes the California Native Garden and Redwood Grove; Succulent Garden; Garden of Fragrance; Andean Cloud Forest and Chilean Garden, Mesoamerican and Southeast Asian Cloud Forests; Rhododendron Garden; Ancient Plant Garden; Moon Viewing Garden, Conifer collection and, of course, our magnificent Magnolia collection.


Rebecca’s Tip:

San Francisco Botanical Garden offers a place where visitors can experience nature, learn about plants and the environment in an ‘outdoor classroom,’ relax and seek respite from city life in an urban sanctuary, 365 days a year.

It also offers beautiful outdoor spaces for a wide range of events. The San Francisco County Fair Building can also be rented for indoor events with both small and large spaces available. Available spaces include County Fair Building, Demonstration Garden, Fountain Plaza, Garden of Fragrance, Great Meadow, Redwood Grove, Rhododendron Pavilion, Zellerbach Garden of Perennials

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