Part of my continuing series on our October trip to California…
The San Francisco Botanical Garden is located in Golden Gate Park. One of the best things about it is the cost of admission…nothing! The gardens are free. If you have more patience than we did you might even score a free parking space on the street. Makes for a very affordable outing, yes?
The negative? It’s free. So perhaps it suffers a bit from lack of funding for upkeep and care. Things were less than crisp and the overall design seemed a little incoherent, trails rambled and I was never sure where I was going and what I missed. If I hadn’t printed a map of the gardens I never would have found the Succulents area (which was only the MOST IMPORTANT PART!) as it was hidden between the Children’s Garden and the Redwood Trail.
You are greeted by a row of signs. These were my favorite. No tromping on the flowers and no picking the flowers. Darn.
We were there on Columbus Day, which evidently is a major holiday as the tiny bookstore was closed. Too bad.
Tall Aeonium Schwarzkopf by the front entrance.
Beschorneria Albiflora from Mexico. Very exciting to see as I have one of these that I purchased last spring. I had no idea what it could become!
Banksia Serrata…very cool as is, imagine it in full bright bloom!
On a host plant ("stump")…
There were so many enormous Echium. I was drooling and determined to overwinter mine. They were huge! Look at those Echium bloom skeletons (the grey spikes)! They must have been amazing.
Fish tail palm…huge and remarkable.
Little plantlets on a fading bloom soike of Furcraea Roezlii. Cool!
Leucadendron argenteum of the Protea family, common name: Silver Tree…
Protea flower. Amazing to see in “real life” growing on a plant, as I normally buy these as cut flowers.
Monterey Cypress. I am in love. One of many large Cycads.
Datura… Squirrels. OMG…they are everywhere! I swear they were following us and Looking at waiting for the right moment to pounce and, well, it wouldn’t be pretty. Restio Rhodocoma capensis mikado stems, amazing!
Araucaria Heterophylla also known as Norfolk Island Pine, isn’t it beautiful? The perfect Christmas Tree.
Chilean Rhubarb Gunnera tinctoria, described as a primitive looking Chilean plant with rough textured leaves that can grow to five feet in diameter…yep!
And there was this sign. Just in case you were thinking of stealing something…
Telanthophora Arborescens Tree Groundsel.
We came a across a sign that offered a bit of history on the beginning and location garden……”In the 1860’s San Francisco was a booming city fueled by the Gold Rush and the first transcontinental railroad. Civic leaders envisioned a large park and arboretum similar to those in European cities and the eastern United States. Skeptics argues that the proposed location in the western part of the city consisted mainly of windswept, shifting sand dunes and was therefore and unwise choice.”
Tomorrow the succulent garden and the aloes… (the best part!). And don't worry, it's shorter than Part 1.