San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park

My husband, a 5th grade teacher, is now on vacation for the summer.  We celebrated the beginning of the season with a family trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, located in Golden Gate Park.  Neither my husband nor I had been here before, so we were excited to explore.  The second Tuesday of each month is free, so that’s when we went!  Note that the garden is ALWAYS free for residents of San Francisco and San Francisco county.

If I were a city resident, I’d be here all the time!  The gardens were filled with parents with children, enjoying picnics on the lawn or pushing strollers around the paved paths.  Also throughout the garden, we came across individual musicians relaxing on benches playing their guitars, many foreign tourists strolling the grounds, and others of all ages enjoying the beauty of the plants and soaking in the warm weather.

Photos from our visit…

Interested in visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden?  Visit their website for more information (hours, directions, entry fee, etc.)… www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

17 Comments

  1. I was last at the Botanical Gardens right after a huge windstorm had destroyed much of Golden Gate Park. I think that was 1995.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Wow, that must have been fascinating! It’s interesting to see places right after some kind of natural phenomena occurs.

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      1. The park lost something like 50 or 60 of the monster trees that were over a hundred years old. It was sad, but Mother and Father Nature pretty much know what they are doing. Got to clear out the old to make way for the new.

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        1. A Nature Mom says:

          At least the trees were taken out in a natural way… can’t mess with the power of nature!

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          1. It reminded me of all the hurricanes I went through in Texas, and they said the winds were hurricane force that night.

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  2. Andrew says:

    I love that garden!

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      It’s a pretty one! Though I haven’t met a botanical garden yet that I didn’t like!

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  3. George says:

    It is CRAZY that you have to go on a free day when every day was free before the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to a lobbyist to make sure that they get their $7.

    It is CRAZY that San Franciscans have to show an ID to enter Golden Gate Park! And to pay a rapacious “nonprofit” that is planning to build a $15-million office building in the Arboretum absolutely does not deserve anyone’s support.

    The gates behind the Hall of Flowers are open most days before three. Then you can walk on roads that your State Bond money tax dollars are paying for!

    Absolutely outrageous!

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  4. Oster's Mom says:

    We have been to the Golden Gate Park many times. Even spent the day there. We have yet to travel inside the gardens. Thanks for giving us an inside look into it; we’ll be sure to make there next time we go.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Same for us. Glad to have finally went! It’s well worth a visit.

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  5. Yes, I’m interested! We’re visitng San Francisco soon, and I’d love to visit the Botanical Garden while we’re there. Thanks for the info.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      It’s lovely! And the Japanese Tea Garden is right next door… another beautiful garden. I wrote a post about it a few months ago…

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      1. Pefect! Thank you. 🙂

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  6. frankoshanko says:

    Cool! You just flashed me back to the Butchart Gardesn in Victoria, BC and Manito Park in Spokane, WA. I LOVE places blessed with plants and flowers and fresh air and smiles! ( :

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      I love botanical gardens, too!

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