SF Botanical Garden is almost a secret in the city. It’s snuggled on the northern edge of Golden Gate Park near 9th Avenue at Lincoln. Most people walk right by it on the way to the more popular museums like the DeYoung or Academy of Sciences.
I wish I had a green thumb. I try and try to grow a beautiful garden but it never really works out. Luckily, the SF Botanical Garden has plant sales throughout the year. I can easily replenish when something doesn’t survive.
Walking the grounds is peaceful and inspiring. It’s one of the few places that is free for locals but the low admission fee is worth it if you’re visiting and interested in native and imported plant-life in San Francisco. The redwood grove is very nice. Docent tours are available to lead you through the gardens or on a guided bird tour.
This urban oasis is one of the most diverse and interesting gardens in the world. It’s a great place to get lost for a day.