Tour the SF Botanical Gardens & Horticultural Library - Atlas Obscura

San Francisco, California

Tour the SF Botanical Gardens & Horticultural Library

Join us for a special private docent tour of the hidden corners of the San Francisco Botanical Gardens followed by an introduction to the amazing collections at the Helen Crocker Russell Horticultural Library

The 55 acre Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park is the largest garden of its kind on the West Coast. Over 7,500 types of plants are carefully cultivated from around the world by the garden's small staff, from exotic rare passion flowers to California Redwoods. Hidden throughout the garden are sacred stones from the Spanish monastery purchased by William Randolph Hearst and left in Golden Gate Park.

The diminutive Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture may be the park's best hidden resource. With over 27,000 volumes dedicated to all areas of plant expertise as well as botanical art and files detailing the history of the park - not to mention a reading room with a view of the Botanical Gardens - it is well worth getting to know.

We've teamed up with their amazing staff for a special introduction to the wonders of the gardens and the library.

Details/special instructions:

  • Saturday November 10, 3-6pm
  • Address: San Francisco Botanical Gardens: 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
  • Come prepared for lots of walking over uneven grounds. Weather may be damp so bring an umbrella and waterproof shoes.
  • Meet in front of the gates by the docent/ticket stand at the main entrance to the gardens.
  • IMPORTANT: San Francisco residents - please bring valid ID with showing your San Francisco address

 Tickets at $18, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to support the ongoing work and projects at the Botanical Gardens.