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Stroll through the famed, century-old Redwood Grove – an otherworldly sanctuary of coast redwoods towering over an understory of more than 100 species of lush, shade-loving plants – without leaving San Francisco! Along the way, be sure to explore the award-winning Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants with summer bloomers such as Clarkia, California Fuchsia and Matilija Poppy attracting people and pollinators alike.


Native Walks & Tours

Free Redwood Trail Guide
Download and print this handy guide to walk you through the Redwood Grove – or pick one up at the admission kiosk on your next visit.

Free California Natives Map
Pick up a special FREE California Natives Highlights map at the ticket kiosks (or download one here) to help you tour and identify the highlights of our collection. The map corresponds to green identification signs throughout the Garden.

Free Redwood Grove and Native Plant Docent Tours
Saturdays, April 6–August 31, 2pm
from the North Gate.

Interpretation Stations
Sundays, June 1–August 31
Docent-staffed stations situated in the Redwood Grove from 1:30-3:30 to answer visitors' questions about the Grove.

Sundays, April 7–May 19
Docent-staffed stations situated in the California Native Garden offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about these special plants.

Native Garden Tours
Saturday, April 13 & April 20 10am–12pm
Curator Dr. Don Mahoney will lead a tour through the Arthur L. Menzies California Native Garden and speak about the history of this truly magical garden.
$10 Members/$15 General

Wildflower Craft Cocktails and Twilight Tour
Thursday, April 18, 7–9pm
Soak up spring in the California Native Garden with signature cocktails crafted with gathered ingredients as well as a twilight guided tour of this spectacular garden and its riot of color.
$30 Members/$35 General; 21+ only

Natives by Moonlight
Thursday, April 25, 7–8:30pm
Take a docent-led tour of the Garden of California Native Plants by the light of the full moon and experience a luminescent kaleidoscope of colors in the peak of the wildflower bloom.
$10 Members/$15 General

California Wines in the Redwoods: A Summer Solstice Twilight Discovery Walk
Friday, June 21, 6:30–8:30pm
Celebrate the longest day of the year, sipping California wines, nibbling local cheeses and enjoying a guided tour through the grove as the sun goes down.
$20 Members/$25 General; 21+ only

Honey Tasting & Pollinator's Tour
Saturday, June 22, 12–2pm
In celebration of Pollinator's Week, join us in the Native Garden stone circle for an array of honey flavors and textures harvested locally by Robert Mackimmie of City Bees, a guided pollinator's garden tour, and a discussion of urban beekeeping.
$10 Members/$15 General

Classes & Events

Classes & Events

Native Plant Basket Weaving I: Overview of Basketry Plants and Techniques of Central California Indians
Saturday, April 20, 10am–12pm
Learn about a wide range of shoots, roots, and plants used in basketry and cordage, gathered and processed in time-honored ways. With plants and baskets at hand, instructor Charlie Kennard will discuss a variety of weaving techniques, and help participants split willow shoots.
$20 Members/$30 General (OR $75/$90 for both Parts I & II. It is not necessary to sign up for both.)

Native Plant Basket Weaving II: Tule Twined Baskets
Saturday, May 11, 9:30am–3:30pm
Well-known local basket weaver Charlie Kennard helps participants use different weaves to make a lightweight tule basket, suitable for gathering berries or holding small fruits, which may then be finished with a cordage handle.
$60 Members/$70 General (OR $75/$90 for both Parts I & II. It is not necessary to sign up for both.)

The Shapes in the Redwood Grove
Friday, May 17, 6–8pm
Enjoy an intimate acoustic concert in San Francisco Botanical Garden's century-old Redwood Grove with Santa Cruz based beach-folk musicians, The Shapes.
$20 Members/$25 General

Redwood Grove

About the Redwood Grove

While at the Botanical Garden, visitors should not miss the opportunity to stroll into the famed Redwood Grove to appreciate one of the most remarkable and unique plant communities in the world. This century-old grove, full of towering coast redwoods, is an otherworldly sanctuary filled with lush shade-loving ferns, flowering currant, western azalea, huckleberry, and more than 100 species of plants that make their home in the redwood forest. This very special plant community can only thrive near the Pacific Coast where near constant cool and foggy weather protects tall trees from frost and drying winds.

California Native Plants

About the California Native Plant Collection

The Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants features arroyos, ponds, and woodlands, but it is the wildflower meadow that draws crowds of admirers every spring. Densely flowered to rival any natural setting, the meadow brings together a diverse variety of plant communities found throughout the state into one stunning display. Growing among native bunch grasses like needlegrass and fescue, the wildflowers have room to flourish. Here visitors can take in the contented buzzing of bees and other pollinators as they wander amongst the flowers. In addition to the highlights pictured above, towards the end of the spring blooming season, the meadow takes on a pink palette as the summer flowers of Clarkia begin.

Family Activities


Family Funday on Sunday!
First and Third Sundays, through September
Enjoy a special story in the library at 10:30am, then take a guided walk at 11am through the Garden of California Native Plants, connecting the morning's story to living plants. Wander out to the Children's Garden between noon and 3pm to create a garden craft project to take home. For families with children ages 3-10.
FREE (admission required for docent walks and craft activities following story readings–free for San Francisco residents with proof of residency)

Instagram Photo Contest

Photo Contest

We Have a Winner!
Many thanks to all who helped to capture the California Native Garden spring bloom in the Instagram Photo Contest. We got some amazing entries! Congratulations to @thewoodlands, who won two of our popular "Grow Giants" sweatshirts for the winning entry. We appreciated @thewoodlands numerous beautiful, macro shots but were won over by the enthusiasm and creative collage showcasing four unique blooms in the California Native Garden toward the end of the period. Here's the winning entry and a few other favorites. Thank you again to all participants for their beautiful entries! Please follow us on Instagram @sfbotanicalgarden.

Discounts and Resources

Discounts &

Members Benefit
Become a San Francisco Botanical Garden Society Member and reap the benefits! Get discounts on native plant tours and classes (see individual listings) and 10% off California native plant-related items at the Garden Bookstore through September.

At the Garden Bookstore
Enjoy special discounts on California native plant-related items at the Garden Bookstore.

Library Resources on California Natives
Find hundreds of native plant related items in The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, Northern California's most comprehensive horticultural library. Free bibliographies for children and adults are available on a variety of native plant-related themes.

SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $8 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors, Families & Children

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