San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Gardens
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Welcome to San Francisco Botanical Garden, one of the most diverse gardens in the world. The Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,500 different kinds of plants from around the world.
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my89bnz
Phoenix, AZ18 contributions
Couples
Beautiful botanical gardens - different regions highlight the different plants in that region. Beautiful areas for sone great picture taking. The gardens are quiet & nice for walking or serenity
Written 16 September 2022
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Sherri F
Langley, Canada197 contributions
We visited the Gardena nd enjoyed lovey stroll though the grounds, most specimens
were well labeled. (Not all bathrooms were open!) Interesting to know that this entire portion of San Francisco was originally ALL sand and that all of the trees and shrubs were PLANTED there as a public space for the citizens of SF to enjoy.
Would recommend and would happily re-visit!
Written 4 September 2022
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MaiaTheTraveler
San Francisco, CA19 contributions
IF you're thinking of visiting the arboretum and you can come between Sept. 16 -20, 2022** you'll be treated to something unique and beautiful. It's called "Flower Piano."

Pianos are tucked away in various beautiful spots in the garden, and anyone who wants to can play. It's lovely to hear melodies wafting through the trees, and to hear the kinds of music chosen by each pianist. (There are varying skill levels, but enthusiasm is universal among these musicians.)
(**Dates may change due to weather , etc.)

If you are a serious horticulturalist or somebody who just likes plants, there is a library in the botanical garden open to the public, free of charge, no reservation necessary.
Across from it is a small bookstore (plus). Both are located near the main gate. (Consult your map, or ask a stranger.)
Written 27 August 2022
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,124 contributions
This is a beautiful and diverse botanical garden. There is just so much to see here in this large (55 acres) area in Golden Gate Park. With 9,000 different plants from around the world, it is impossible to see everything in a couple of hours but it is very possible to enjoy this place.
Written 20 August 2022
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Arun K
Nagpur District, India2,930 contributions
Couples
A unique area within Golden Gate Park offering both landscaped & open spaces garden with 8000 plants from around the world.
The unique climate of San Francisco allows plants from all over globe to grow & conserve .
The main attractions are Australian , Chile, New Zealand , California native, South African, Temperate Asia etc.
Ancient plant , Fragrance & Celebrations gardens are special.
Visiting hrs : 7.30 am to 5.00pm
Admission fees : Nominal
Free for SF residents & veterans
Written 18 July 2022
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OSiddons
Miami Springs, FL24 contributions
Do not miss this, but remember it is closed on Monday! Something our RED HOP ON HOP OFF tour didn't tell us!!!!!
Written 20 June 2022
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Katherine K
Little Egg Harbor, NJ265 contributions
We wandered over from Golden Gate park and easily spent a couple hours just walking and relaxing. Bring lunch, plenty of nice spots.
Written 20 June 2022
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3536Arlene
The Villages14 contributions
I took pictures of most plants that were blooming and many that were only very large leaves. Most plants I was not familiar with, thus making it more interesting.
Written 15 June 2022
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GitchSup
Duluth, MN1,465 contributions
Because we are a member of the American Horticultural Society many of the entry fees for gardens and such are waved so we decided to check this one out since we were near the Palace of Fine Arts. I was not expecting it to have as many diverse areas with paths that meander through the park. It was absolutely stunning and well worth our time, even if we would have paid an entrance fee. There was a lot of wildlife as well as quite a few plants we had never seen, including some new to us species of Calla Lilies. The paths are dotted with places to sit and it's really peaceful for being so close to the city, we spent quite a bit longer than we planned because we enjoyed it so much.
Written 4 June 2022
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michigansurveys
Norfolk, VA105 contributions
Family
Just a wonderful place to visit in the city. Lots of well maintained paths, open areas and the flowers! Just amazing. Thumbs up for me.
Written 4 June 2022
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  • Sun - Sat 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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