The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the world’s gardens that I fully intend to visit again and again. Oddly the same amount of space as The Butchart Gardens, it is 55 acres of gardens and open space within the Golden Gate Park of California. In this post I am specifically featuring the Dahlias I met there many years ago. I have deemed October “Dahlia Daze” and am creating a delicious new collection of these beauties from around the world! I am very excited to share with you another decadent set of dahlias in this series this month!!

“The Bay Area’s mild temperatures, wet winters and dry summers, coupled with San Francisco’s famous coastal fog, provide a range of climatic conditions that exist in few other botanical gardens in the world. These unique conditions allow it to grow and conserve plants from all over the globe, including plants that are no longer found in their native habitats. With its unique microclimate, San Francisco Botanical Garden is able to recreate conditions of the high elevation tropical cloud forests of Central and South America and Southeast Asia. Rare high elevation palms as well as plants from New Zealand and temperate Asia also thrive here. Largely due to these natural advantages, San Francisco Botanical Garden is known for its unique, diverse and significant botanical collections. The extensive Magnolia collection, for example, attracting visitors with its dazzling display of winter flowers, is recognized as the world’s fourth most significant collection of Magnolia for conservation purposes, and the most important outside China*, where a majority of Magnolia species are found.”

Jay and I were celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary that trip! Just babies!

If you have a chance to visit even for a couple of hours, I cannot recommend this garden enough. Wishing you love and joy this week!


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