Take a trip around the world without leaving San Francisco. The Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park takes the phrase “garden variety” to a whole new level with 55 acres of flora from—New Zealand to the Mediterranean and every place between. Over the next few weeks many parts of the garden will be reaching their peak. Check out the California Native Garden’s awesome display of Douglas iris (pictured), poppies, azaleas—and the ever-popular California Glory. The garden is also home to the biggest poison oak plant we’ve ever seen (set behind a wooden fence). Then stroll through the century-old Redwood Grove that could pass as a slice of Muir Woods. You’re admiring some of the tallest Sequoia sempervirens in San Francisco! Next door the Succulent Garden is packed with agave and aloe. Garden aplenty!
BONUS: The Botanical Garden hosts a Wildflower Craft Cocktail and Twilight Tour on April 18 ($35). There’s also Yoga in the Garden on the first and third Tuesdays at dusk (currently 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. ($10).