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About fromthethicket

I'm a landscape historian and professor emeritus of landscape architecture, UC Davis. I live in San Francisco.

Revealed: Golden Gate Park is the Most Valuable Green Space in the World

    A recent study, published in the London Evening Standard last week, compared 12 iconic urban parks in the world in terms of the value of the real estate they occupy.  The results:   Golden Gate Park in San … Continue reading

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Coyotes: Beyond the Howl, An Educational Exhibit by Janet Kessler | Coyote Yipps

In the past I’ve written on this blog about coyotes in Golden Gate Park, and Janet Kessler’s wonderful photographs of urban coyotes.   Now I’d like to give a shout-out to an exhibit of her photographs opening this Sunday at … Continue reading

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S.F. breaking ground on wastewater recycling plant

The sprawling lawns of Golden Gate Park and two major San Francisco golf courses are very thirsty places, and in the coming years, recycled wastewater will satisfy that thirst, thanks to a new treatment plant being built by the city’s … Continue reading

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Loving Golden Gate Park – San Francisco Women Artists

    IN THE GALLERY: “Loving Golden Gate Park” An exhibit of art about Golden Gate Park, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love.  San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, 647 Irving St. @ 8th Ave., Oct. 3 – … Continue reading

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Solar Eclipse 2017: Life Responds | California Academy of Sciences

In case the clouds part and you want to experience the eclipse in Golden Gate Park, here’s a citizen science project that you can participate in, thanks to the California Academy of Science: “The next solar eclipse is crossing the … Continue reading

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Metson Lake

Metson Lake, south-east of the Polo Field, is an out-of-the-way gem in Golden Gate Park.  Built in 1908 and intended as a reservoir to hold irrigation water for the park,   it opened in conjunction with the Murphy Windmill, a … Continue reading

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Eucalyptus at Dusk

One of my favorite times to walk in Golden Gate Park is at dusk.  The great, old trees stand tall, silhouetted against the sky, each one uniquely contorted and top-heavy in a delicate balancing act compensating for limbs lopped off … Continue reading

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