San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2012
San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum is ringing in National Garden Month this April by allowing visitors to meander through their gorgeous grounds for an additional two hours, until 7 pm. The Garden’s longer hours will last through October.
The Bay Area’s largest botanical garden will now be open daily from 9 am until 7 pm, with the last entry at 6 pm, to give garden goers more time to follow the winding, tranquil paths and explore the 55 acres of serene gardens overflowing with more than 8,000 types of plants from all over the world.
Among the numerous plants in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden is the Rhododendron occidentale, or Western Azalea, which is one of the West Coast's showiest shrubs. The large four-inch fragrant flowers on this plant begin to bloom in April, boasting striking white to deep-pink colors with orange-yellow blotched markings on the inside.
Garden visitors can see the Western Azalea in the Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants. The Menzies Garden is at its peak bloom during the months of April and May. Visit soon to view a rich meadow of striking native plants: iris, poppies, lupines, dark blue ceanothus and much more.
Hours of operation at San Francisco Botanical Garden:
Year Round Open daily at 9:00am
Spring & Summer
2nd Sunday in March through September: Last entry at 6:00pm (closed at 7:00pm)
Fall & Winter
October through early November: Last entry at 5:00pm
1st Sunday in November through January: Last entry at 4:00pm
February through early March: Last entry at 5:00pm
(closed one hour after last entry)
About San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society works in partnership with the City of San Francisco/Recreation and Park Department to support San Francisco Botanical Garden, whose 55 acres in Golden Gate Park includes more than 8,000 different kinds of plants native to California and from throughout the world. This tremendous plant diversity, with almost 30 percent of the species wild-collected and many rare and endangered, is displayed in 26 geographic and thematic gardens. The Botanical Garden Society’s mission is to build communities of support for the Botanical Garden and to cultivate the bond between people and plants. With the help of its members, donors and volunteers, the Botanical Garden Society funds Garden improvements, provides curatorial and plant collections management services, propagates plants for the Botanical Garden and for sale to the public, maintains the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, offers year-round educational and community programming, operates the Garden Bookstore and welcomes visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and around the world.
San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. SFBG’s 26 distinct gardens and collections include African plants, Asian plants, and rarities from Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America, plus SFBG’s award-winning California Native Plant Garden, complete with a century-old redwood forest. These collections of rare plants, exotic plants and endangered plants make a trip to SFBG one of the best things to do in San Francisco.
SFBG has daily docent-led San Francisco day tours, and can arrange private tours. SFBG’s daily and monthly plants sales are a unique opportunity to acquire garden plants and plant seeds seldom found in commercial plant nurseries or garden centers. SFBG’s educational programs include gardening classes, educational lectures, guided walks, children’s garden programs, treasure hunts, and other family activities.
The SFBG Bookstore features numerous gardening books and volumes on related subjects including natural science, environmental conservation, horticulture, plant life and gardening tips.
For information about how to become a Society member, or any of San Francisco Botanical Garden Society’s products and services, please call (415) 666-2211 or visit http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.