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About fromthethicket

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

Corpse Flower Blooms Again in the Golden Gate Park Conservatory of Flowers

Common Name: Corpse Flower, Titan Arum Family Name: Araceae Native to: Sumatra, Indonesia WHAT TO KNOW Corpse Flower omits a “foul odor of rotting animal flesh” and only blooms for a few days every 7-10 years, according to the Conservatory. … Continue reading

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Golden Gate Park fly-fishing club celebrates 85th anniversary

‘Back in the 1960s, when Armando Bernasconi first walked past the three sparkling blue pools tucked away in Golden Gate Park, he thought he had found a swimming spot that just never had any swimmers.  But Bernasconi soon discovered that … Continue reading

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Central Park Goes Car-Free Forever on June 27

If New York can do it, surely we can too!! ‘The campaign for a car-free park has lasted more than half century and involved thousands of people. Today’s historic announcement by Mayor de Blasio belongs to all of them. Central … Continue reading

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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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