San Francisco Gardens to Visit
Garden Design's self-guided day trip to 3 beautiful Bay Area gardens
A horticulturally diverse oasis created from a vast windswept expanse of sand dunes, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco offers visitors a picturesque setting with lakes, picnic spots, trails, and gardens.
Local landscape designer Kelly Kilpatrick suggests leaving the car behind for the day, as each of these gardens is within easy walking distance of one another. Start your day at the Conservatory of Flowers, where there is always something new to see. From there, it is just a short, flat walk to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Complete your tour with a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden.
Should you have a little extra time Kelly suggests walking across to the de Young Museum and heading up to the public observation tower, where you can enjoy panoramic views across the city and park.