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Welcome to San Francisco Botanical Garden, one of the most diverse gardens in the world. The Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Entry Garden. Photo by Saxon Holt

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Entry Garden. Photo by Saxon Holt.

The Bay Area's mild temperatures, wet winters and dry summers, coupled with San Francisco's famous coastal fog, provide a range of climatic conditions that exist in few other botanical gardens in the world. These unique conditions allow it to grow and conserve plants from all over the globe, including plants that are no longer found in their native habitats.

With its unique microclimate, San Francisco Botanical Garden is able to recreate conditions of the high elevation tropical cloud forests of Central and South America and Southeast Asia. Rare high elevation palms as well as plants from New Zealand and temperate Asia also thrive here. Largely due to these natural advantages, San Francisco Botanical Garden is known for its unique, diverse and significant botanical collections. The extensive Magnolia collection, for example, attracting visitors with its dazzling display of winter flowers, is recognized as the world's fourth most significant collection of Magnolia for conservation purposes, and the most important outside China*, where a majority of Magnolia species are found.

San Francisco Botanical Garden Vision Statement

San Francisco Botanical Garden will be cherished locally and recognized internationally for beauty, diversity of plant collections, educational programs and dedication to conservation.

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society Mission Statement

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society builds communities of support for the Garden and cultivates the bond between people and plants.

View of meadow near Moon Viewing Pond. Photo by Richard Lo

View of meadow near Moon Viewing Pond. Photo by Richard Lo.

San Francisco Botanical Garden offers a place where visitors can experience nature, learn about plants and the environment in an 'outdoor classroom,' relax and seek respite from city life in an urban sanctuary, 365 days a year. We aim for our visitors to connect with and more fully understand the need to protect nature, whether they are dedicated gardeners or admirers of the planet's diverse beauty.

Come explore the Botanical Garden's beauty, including the California Native Garden and Redwood Grove; Succulent Garden; Garden of Fragrance; Andean Cloud Forest and Chilean Garden, Mesoamerican and Southeast Asian Cloud Forests; Rhododendron Garden; Ancient Plant Garden; Moon Viewing Garden, Conifer collection and, of course, our magnificent Magnolia collection.

We invite you to return again and again throughout the seasons.

 
San Francisco Botanical Garden and San Francisco Rec & Park Department: Working in Partnership since 1955.

San Francisco Botanical Garden is a collaboration between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and San Francisco Recreation and Parks. San Francisco Botanical Garden Society has been supporting the continued development of the Botanical Garden and its educational programs since 1954. We welcome visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and all over the world.

 

*Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), June 2008, Global Survey of Ex situ Magnoliaceae Collections

ADMISSION  FREE for all SF City & County Residents, Members & School Groups     /     $7 Non-residents     /     Discounted fee: Seniors & Children

LOCATION Entrances at the corner of 9th Ave at Lincoln Way & at MLK Jr. Dr. off the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park

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