Menzies Garden Tour in SF Botanical Garden

Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Golden Gate Park at 9th Ave. and Lincoln Way

  • Azaleas

This spot is San Francisco’s premier native plant garden with arroyos, ponds, woodlands, redwood grove and a wildflower meadow. It’s also the former proving grounds of the chapter’s native plant sage of Ortega Street, Jake Sigg.

The Botanical garden website exclaims, “There is no denying the beauty and diversity of California’s landscapes, and as a result, its flora is the most diverse in the United States at over 6000 species. A dedicated garden to showcase California native plants was in the original bequest from Helene Strybing when establishing the Garden. A visit to our native garden is equally diverse with experiences as well. A walk in our coast redwood grove (Sequoia sempervirens) will humble you with their size and tranquility. Alight your senses in the Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants with the blazing colors of wildflowers, distinctive sweet smells of plants like our many sages (Salvia spp.), or listen to the busy activity of native insects and birds.”

ASLA Northern California Chapter Honor Award for Design in 1990.

Designed by
Lutsko Associates Landscape

Heavenly scent
Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale)

Best wildlife sighting now that quail are no more
Lazuli Bunting swaying on the stalk of a California native bunch grass.

Featured plants
Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale), manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.) Douglas iris (Iris douglasiana), checker bloom (Sidalcea malviflora), fringecups (Tellima grandiflora), common meadowfoam (Limnanthes douglasii), common yarrow (Achillea millefolium).

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