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Bay Area Gardens

Strybing Arboretum

A mild Mediterranean climate provides the San Francisco Botanical Garden the right conditions to grow and conserve plants from all over the world, including plants that are no longer found in their native habitats. There are 55 acres of sanctuary – landscaped gardens and open spaces – and over 7500 varieties of plants from around the world!

Conservatory of Flowers

The Conservatory of Flowers is a spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants, including palms, orchids, bromeliads, carnivorous plants and much more.

UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

This worldwide collection features plants of documented wild origin from nearly every continent, with an emphasis on plants from Mediterranean climates (California, Mediterranean Basin, Australia, South Africa, and Chile). The arrangement of the outdoor collections is primarily geographic by continent of origin or by region including Asia, Australasia, California, Eastern North America, Mediterranean, Mexico/Central America, New WorldDesert, South America, and Southern Africa. The Garden holds one of the largest and most diverse collections in the United States.

Nearly all specimens in the garden have been brought in from the wild. Detailed records are kept concerning their place of origin, which enhances their scientific and educational value considerably. Each accession is accompanied by a public display label including accession number, family name, scientific name, and place of origin, and where appropriate, common name.

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

Gardening resources

Dave’s Garden

A large and very active community of gardeners and farmers, sharing information, seeds, and plants.

Garden Digest

List of links of all things gardening and more!

Butterfly Gardening

Butterfly gardening has become one of the most popular hobbies today. What could bring more joy than a beautiful butterfly fluttering around your garden?! Here are some tips to make your garden especially butterfly-friendly.

Gardening in San Francisco

Water Issues

Garden and yard chemicals can pollute the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean when they are washed off lawns and gardens into street drains caused by rainy weather and over watering. Once in the underground sewer system, these products may pass through the treatment plant and end up in the Bay and Ocean harming fish and wildlife.

San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners

Billed as one of the nation’s largest urban-gardening programs and arguably one of its most creative, SLUG is not only responsible for some 100 neighborhood gardens all over San Francisco, but it has also added on strong economic-development and job-training components and is rapidly coming up with more.

Educational Resources

San Francisco State University- Biology Department

City College of San Francisco- Environmental Horticulture Program

Environmental Horticulture is more than making the world around us a beautiful place. It’s about creating environments that function practically, aesthetically and in harmony with nature. Environmental Horticulture means growing the plants, designing the spaces and installing the landscapes. It’s working with people to maintain and improve the parks, gardens and spaces that make our communities great places to work and play.

California Academy of Sciences

Explore the natural world within the halls of the California Academy of Sciences, now located at 875 Howard Street, between 4th and 5th Streets, in San Francisco. The Academy is open 10 am to 5 pm every day.

Informational Resources

CalPhotos: Plants

This form accesses 59,005 images of plants. A variety of organizations and individuals have contributed photographs to CalPhotos.

San Francisco Flora Biblography

Another form-driven search for a vast database of plant images.

Internet Directory for Botany – Alphabetical List

A directory of botanical interest sites on the internet. Nice.

Botanical Societies

California Native Plant Society

The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.

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