With 55 acres of lush greenery in the middle of Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the largest and most diverse gardens in the world. Consisting of both meticulously landscaped areas and wild, open spaces, the garden gives a sense of the variety of plants and flowers that grow in the many climates of the world. In total there are more than 50,000 plants growing on the property with more than 8,000 different species.
Regions across the globe are represented, including the Mediterranean, Australia and New Zealand, South America, South Africa, Asia, and California native plants and trees. Specialty collections include gardens of succulents, ancient plants, magnolias, dwarf conifers, and aromatic plants at the Gardens of Fragrance. Of particular note is the cloud forest collection of trees from Southeast Asia and Central America. Paved paths and fountains throughout add to the peaceful atmosphere of the gardens, which are lovely to stroll through.
The San Francisco Botanical Garden is located in Golden Gate Park, near the corner of Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way with its main entrance on Ninth Avenue. Admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and youth aged 12-17, $2 for children aged 5-11.