If you live in San Francisco, you’ve most likely heard of microclimates: a bizarre combination of the Bay area’s topography, water and wind currents that make some parts of the city cold and foggy and others warm and sunny. So from your hipster pad in the Mexican Mission, you’ll see the fog rolling downhill but it won’t likely reach your sunny backyard.
But the San Francisco Botanical Garden takes that to an insurpassable level. Its 55 acres are home to carefully curated microclimates, from a Succulent Garden to a Redwood Forest. Within just a few steps, you find yourself on a different continent. I truly think it’s the most magical place in San Francisco. And, dear SF residents, it’s free with a California ID!
Here’s a blurb from the SF Botanical’s website explaining what makes this magic possible:
The Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.
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.
Words surely don’t do it justice, so without further ado: