|San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum|
|Location||Golden Gate Park|
|Area||55 acres (22 ha)|
|Operated by||San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department|
|Visitors||Over 450,000 Annual Visits|
|Status||Open year round|
|Public transit access|
The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum (formerly Strybing Arboretum) is located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Its 55 acres (22.3 ha) represents nearly 9,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, with particular focus on Magnolia species, high elevation palms, conifers, and cloud forest species from Central America, South America and Southeast Asia.
San Francisco's County Fair Building is located near the main entrance to the Garden.
Plans for the garden were originally laid out in the 1880s by park supervisor John McLaren, but funding was insufficient to begin construction until Helene Strybing left a major bequest in 1927. Planting was begun in 1937 with WPA funds supplemented by local donations, and the Arboretum officially opened in May 1940. As a part of Golden Gate Park, it is officially managed by the city of San Francisco, but the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society plays an important role in providing educational programs, managing volunteers, curatorial staff, and more. Formed in 1955, the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (formerly the Strybing Arboretum Society) operates the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, Garden Bookstore, and monthly plant sales, and offers a wide range of community education programs for children and adults. The Society also raises money for new projects and Garden renovations.
In 2004, Strybing Arboretum changed its name to San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, and the Arboretum Society followed suit, becoming San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum.
The gardens are organized into several specialized collections:
- California Native
- John Muir Nature Trail
- Redwood Grove
- South Africa
- Mediterranean Basin Region
- Mild-temperate climate
- New Zealand
- Moon-viewing Garden – a Japanese design
- Temperate Asia Garden
- Montane tropic
- Specialty collections
McBean Wildfowl Pond and Primitive Plant Garden at SF Botanical Garden
Pond at Dwarf Conifer collection of SF Botanical Garden
Nodding Pincushion Protea Flower Bud
Stones from the Spanish monastery Santa Maria de Ovila can be found in the library reading patio, the Rhododendron pavilion, and the Garden of Fragrance.
Verbascum at San Francisco Botanical Garden
Meadow at San Francisco Botanical Garden
Cassia in San Francisco Botanical Garden
Aloe at San Francisco Botanical Garden
Pagoda at San Francisco Botanical Garden
- California native plants
- List of botanical gardens in the United States
- North American Plant Collections Consortium
- 49-Mile Scenic Drive
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- San Francisco Botanical Garden homepage
- "Pianos take over SF botanical gardens for 'Flower Piano' event" KTVU, July 2018
- "SF Botanical Garden digs its volunteers who get hands dirty" SF Gate, June 2018
- "The Bay Area’s Largest Plant Sale Returns to Golden Gate Park" SF Station, April 2018
- "How the Wealthy Stole 55 Acres of Golden Gate Park" Medium, July 19, 2013