Category Archives: san francisco botanical garden

the “museum of plants” in the park

searching for spanish monastery stones in golden gate park

Walking in Golden Gate Park you may notice some ornately carved stones, segments of fluted pillars, arches, sculptural reliefs worn smooth by time.  These are remnants of  a medieval Spanish monastery, now scattered throughout the park and put to various … Continue reading

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the vigor of weeds: got to admire them!

Working at the San Francisco Botanical Garden nursery, repotting native plants for the past few weeks in preparation for the annual plant sale, I’ve noticed a miniature battle going on in the pots.  It’s actually the same battle that goes on … Continue reading

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botanical garden: california section prime time

The next couple of weeks are going to be prime time for California wildflowers in the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.  You can wander through drifts of irises and poppies, with backdrops of ceanothus and currant  .  .  . … Continue reading

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california lilacs: brilliant shades of blue!

Ceanothus plants are brilliantly blooming throughout Golden Gate Park right now.  The Ceanothus genus, of which there are 50-60 species ranging from low-growing shrubs to small trees, belongs to the buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae).  These iridescent blue-flowering plants stand out from … Continue reading

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magnolia walk: precocious blossoms harbingers of spring

Take a magnolia walk in the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park this month!  Yesterday afternoon, on a docent-led tour we learned many interesting facts about the magnolias in this world-renowned collection, recently listed as the 4th best … Continue reading

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free admission?

On August 7 this year, the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park began to charge admission for the first time since it opened to the public seventy years ago.   Nobody likes to have to pay for something that was … Continue reading

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