Entry to the garden. Photo by David Kruse-Pickler
Hundreds of native wildflowers bloom with life as the meadows awaken at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. A colorful show for any botanic enthusiast, we have 5 reasons to further persuade a trip this spring, just be careful not forget your heart in San Francisco when you leave.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’ is the largest magnolia at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, towering over 80 feet. Photo by Auweia
In February, the San Francisco Botanical Garden becomes the ideal setting for a romantic rendezvous. It’s the time of year when the velvety silver buds on the branches of the garden’s magnolia trees burst open into pink and white flowers that fill the garden with soft pastel colors and sweet, fragrant scents.
Cypress shadow, Great Meadow, by Stephen Kane
“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” This exaltation, expressed in words by Joyce Kilmer, is conveyed visually in a new photography exhibit on display at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture in San Francisco.
Rushing past my flat in San Francisco's Mission District, there is a double-lane stream of freeway-bound traffic. Until recently, a solid concrete median, about 2 feet wide, kept northbound and southbound cars apart. Though this is a residential area filled with families, it felt like a freeway onramp.
The emphasis was on design —? from austere modernism to funky psychedelic — at San Francisco's annual Flower and Garden Show in March, but there were also plenty of plants — from gaudy orchids to dramatic succulents —? to admire and buy. Here are just a few highlights and observations:
Visitors walking through the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park will discover a tranquil environment of both natural beauty and artifice. Every turn of the stone pathway unveils a splendid surprise: the 9,000-pound Lantern of Peace, a large bronze Buddha and a clipped hedge in the shape of Mount Fuji. Enhancing the garden’s large collection of sculpture and stone are the plants, shrubs and trees that have been carefully selected and arranged within the landscape.