New York City’s Central Park is known for its beautiful foliage when the leaves turn every Fall. And while San Francisco is often written off as “not having seasons”, the Botanical Gardens are proof that we do have some pretty beautiful changes that occur every autumn.
Spokesperson Nina Sazevich tells us the next two weeks are the best time to view the gardens at their autumnal peak.
“The Garden offers one of the nicest in the city when its Moon Viewing Garden and Temperate Asia Garden begin to turn,” Sazevich says.
In the Moon Viewing Garden, visitors can step out over the water on a wooden deck and immerse themselves in a mosaic of reddening leaves.
The gardens are also dotted with Gingko Biloba trees and Chinese tulip trees which are really pretty this time of year. Even though the ginkgo trees drop their berries, which when squashed, can give off a rather, shall we say, vomit-ous odor. So use your eyes, not your nose 😉
The 55 acres San Francisco Botanical Garden is located in Golden Gate Park. It’s open every day of the year from 7:30am until last entry at 4pm. Admission for SF residents is free (with proof of residence, e.g., CA ID with SF address, or photo ID and utility bill).