Gardens in San Francisco

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Gardens in San Francisco

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  • Scott
    San Francisco, CA5,045 contributions
    Freaking amazing botanical garden. Tons of variety in an easily walkable space. My favorite is the garden of fragrance. I visited on a cool November afternoon. I recommend the San Francisco botanical garden for tourists and locals.
    Written November 17, 2022
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  • Lottelli
    Wirral, UK2,429 contributions
    We were lucky enough to arrive as a free tour was about to begin so we joined that. We heard things we wouldn’t have known and it really made us appreciate the garden more. It is a lovely garden, well presented. The tea room was quite full - I had it in my head it would be really tranquil there but it was just too busy!
    Written November 5, 2022
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  • star_happylife
    Sunnyvale, CA17 contributions
    Amazing place..a true delight with so much variety and unique indoor plants ..took about an hour to complete the tour. There is a small table with plants for sale towards the end (where indoor plants were kept). Dahlia garden outside the conservatory is not to be missed. Parking was available close by friday afternoon near tennis center on the side street. Can't believe, I had not visited this place yet...true hidden gem.
    Written August 28, 2022
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  • Ruhungrytientien
    San Francisco, CA25 contributions
    It’s by accident that I discovered this hidden garden and steps in the sunset section of San Francisco. It’s only 2 blocks away from the famous 16 ST tile steps by the Grand view Park. The path up is the narrow and about 160 steps to the top, I was amazed by the pattern, details of the tiles. And at the bottom left by the entrance , you have cute color bench which matched the overall steps pattern. It’s a amazing sights. With the gardens on both sides, I felt like a little kid wander in the Alice wonderland. You need to see this one for your self. It simply breath taking.

    You bus take Muni bus 28 and N train to get here. Remember look for Grand view park & 16th street tile steps. And hidden garden is just 2 blocks north.

    ruhungrytientien
    Written December 4, 2021
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  • Lottelli
    Wirral, UK2,429 contributions
    We went here as part of fleet week as a brass band was playing. Lovely open green space. Plenty of benches, nice water feature. The band played on the band stand which was central
    Written November 5, 2022
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA175,384 contributions
    Its always fun to see the wind mills when in San Francisco. They are located in Golden Gate Park and is close to the beach area. In the spring its a good place to see tulips.
    Written December 23, 2019
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA7,633 contributions
    A beautiful space with amazing views, a spot where locals play tennis and exercise their dogs.

    But the park has a Hollywood connection. The grand staircase was used in the film "What's Up, Doc?" and the damage done by four vehicles driving down the steps is still visible in 2022. It also appeared in the Coppola film "The Conversation."

    The architecture of the area is wonderful, none more impressive as the Alta Plaza Apartment Co-op that borders the park. Built in a long ago era, when buildings towered upwards, it's a remarkable example of the opulence of the 20's. The building was designed by local architect Conrad A. Meussdorffer, and is an absolute jaw dropping gem.

    Nearby, the hill drops down into the Marina, quite an experience for new riders to the 22 Filmore bus, who don't realize the bus turns away from the steep incline.
    Just.
    Written March 18, 2022
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  • jehenson81
    Washington DC, DC22,147 contributions
    This garden sits right next to the California Academy of Science on the Western side. It is a quaint little spot even in the rain. The only fault I could find is that there was no pathway from the entrance area to the Shakespeare bust unless it was in the area roped off due to replanting. I think on a sunny day it would be a lovely place to sit under the shade of trees.
    Written March 14, 2019
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  • Sandra F
    East Kilbride, UK483 contributions
    Visited this garden on our first day in San Francisco and it was beautiful, so much so that a wedding party were having some photos taken. What a lovely moment.
    Written June 16, 2019
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  • AB_US
    Dallas, TX434 contributions
    Gorgeous Rose garden in the middle of the Golden Gate Park. Large variety of beautiful roses. Garden is easily accessible via public transportation and in walking distance to other attractions from the Park.
    Written July 31, 2019
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  • Pavel B
    Oslo, Norway96 contributions
    Very nice little garden on several levels, and the new innovative garden on the flat roof of the bus terminal is very close.
    Written November 29, 2019
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  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, CA3,357 contributions
    I stopped by Fay park on the way to Lombard street. It is tiny, but pretty. There are beautiful flowers though.
    Written June 28, 2019
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  • Sarah S
    6 contributions
    A "must see" from July through October when the blooms are off the charts (Aug. and Sept. is the peak time). It's location makes it a perfect stop near the Conservatory of Flowers, AIDS Grove, deYoung, etc. Run entirely by the all-volunteer SF Dahlia Society. The dahlia is the official flower of the city of San Francisco. Absolutely worth the effort. Added bonus: It's free and part of a lovely stroll in a scenic part of GG Park.
    Written October 5, 2021
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