Although I have been to Golden Gate Park before, I had never seen the stunningly beautiful Botanical Garden located there. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of exploring it for the first time.
As you may be able to see from the map, the park is divided into different regions of the world. In each area, you can see flowers, bushes and trees representative of each of the geographic regions. Most regions chosen are ones with mild, wet winters and moderate temperatures the rest of the year. These regions include New Zealand, sections of South Africa, Chile, the Mediterranean and Northern California. No desert or arctic regions represented here.
I chose to go to the garden alone because I thought of this place as spiritual ground, as a holy place, where one could really appreciate the beauty of the earth and give thanks to God for life’s abundance. I felt that engaging in conversation would distract from experiencing the wonder of this garden. Indeed, many others see this garden as a sacred place as there are many benches with memorial plaques located throughout the park. Here is one of them.
So with all this in mind, I want to share with you some of what I saw at the garden. I will start with flowers, then trees, then general scence scapes. I didn’t bother to write down the names of flowers I saw or regions from which they all came. Perhaps I can do this another time. For now, I just wanted to appreciate the beauty and variety of flora that was there.
Flowers are delightful. But so are trees. Here is some of the wide variety of trees you can see in the botanic garden.
Here are some photos to give you a general sense of scene.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to one day check out the San Francisco Botanical Garden for yourself. In the meantime, I have tried to give you some sense of its awesome beauty through sharing my photos.