The start of the New Year in San Francisco offers a chance to be tickled pink by one of the city’s most breathtaking natural marvels as nearly 100 magnolias at San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park burst into bloom. Velvety silver buds on the often bare branches of these elegant trees, many rare and historic, open into dazzling pink, magenta, and white flowers, filling the wintery Garden with dramatic splashes of color and sweetly fragrant scents.
The annual floral spectacle, with trees reaching 80 feet, is at its peak this year from mid-January through March, and visitors to the Garden can take advantage of free Magnolia Walk maps, docent-led tours, special signage, a magnolia mobile app, and more to celebrate and learn more about these magnificent magnolias.
San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to the most significant magnolia collection for conservation purposes outside China, where the majority of species originated. Its current collection includes 44 species, 42 cultivars and 16 hybrids or varieties, including many important specimens from Asia.
Annual Magnolia Bloom at San Francisco Botanical Garden – A not-to-be-missed floral spectacle as nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias at San Francisco Botanical Garden burst into vibrant pink and white bloom.
January 15 – March 31, 2016; open every day, Visitors can track the progress of the bloom on the Garden's social media channels to help plan their visit.
7:30am to 4pm (January)
7:30am to 5pm (February – early March)
7:30am to 6pm (2nd Sunday in March – April)
San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
San Francisco Residents: FREE with proof of residency
Non-residents: $8 general, $6 youth 12-17 & seniors; $2 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE; families of 2 adults and one or more child pay just $17
The Garden is free daily 7:30-9am and all day on second Tuesdays of the month
www.SFBotanicalGarden.org, (415) 661-1316
RELATED FAMILY PROGRAMS
Children’s Story Time in the Library and Family Garden Walk
Sundays, January 15; 10:30 – 11:30 AM
FREE (admission required for docent walks following story readings)
Families will love January’s Children’s Story Time theme, Blooming Branches, which will feature magnolias and other flowering trees. After the story, the guided Family Garden Walk will also explore the magnolia bloom. Best suited for families with children aged 4-8.