The Giants’ opening day is on its way (April 10!). Before the baseball team, came the original San Francisco Giants: coast redwoods, the tallest living things on earth! Old-growth coast redwoods once flourished in great numbers here until logging altered the landscape. Thankfully there’s still a way to take a walk among the redwoods in the city.
Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden is home to the century-old Redwood Grove, splendored with these fog-loving beauties. The grove could double as Muir Woods, but you’ll be in San Francisco admiring some of the tallest Sequoia sempervirens. Spring wildflowers are also abloom at the gardens, including irises, poppies, and succulents. Don’t miss the magic dogwood, distinguished by its abundance of lantern-like flowers. Home run!
Full Moon & Beer Bonus: Ready for the triple play? The garden has partnered with Fort Point Beer Co., for a full moon walk on the WILD Side, this Sunday, April 9, from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. See the garden under the full moon, with a beer in hand! ($35). Full moon walks occur monthly, with different themes. Heavy rain cancels.
Admission to the Botanical Garden is free for residents of SF (with proof of residency) and $8 for non-residents. The San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park has entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) and at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse (Friend/North Gate). The Redwood Grove can be found on the south side of the garden by the California Natives. No dogs.