Located within Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Botanical Garden showcases a variety of landscaped gardens and open spaces featuring more than 9,000 different kinds of plants from all around the world. Its mission is to cultivate its beautiful collection of Mediterranean, mild temperate, and tropical cloud forest plants as a natural sanctuary for all visitors to enjoy. The garden seeks to create a lasting bond between people and plants, encouraging a deep appreciation for conserving the Earth's biological diversity. As a public garden, it's accessible to all people who wish to visit.
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The Garden first became a reality in 1926 when Helen Strybing, a wealthy local widow, donated the initial funds. In the 1930s, the project finally broke ground. Much of the construction and planting was carried out with the help of the Depression-era Work Progress Administration (WPA), a federal program that provided jobs to the unemployed. After a decade and a half of work, the garden was opened to the public in 1940. Since then, a number of expansion projects have taken place from the 1990s to the present.
Admission to the Garden is free for all members, school groups, and San Francisco City & County residents. Residents need proof of residency, such as a driver's license. Walking tours of the Garden are offered daily at 1:30 p.m. and last 60-90 minutes. No registration is required, and tours are free with regular admission to the garden. Private tours can also be arranged. For more information about hours, ticket prices, and special events at the Garden, tap the link below!
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