SF Rec & Park Celebrates New Year with Free Admission to San Francisco Botanical Garden

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department is pleased to celebrate the New Year with free admission to San Francisco Botanical Garden on January 1, 2017. The Botanical Garden, which is open 365 days per year, is always free to San Francisco residents, as well as school groups and members, but is free to all on New Year’s Day.

The official Magnificent Magnolias start date is Friday, January 13, but there are already some early blooms. The Garden’s magnolia collection is the most significant for conservation purposes outside of China. The Cloud Forests are finishing their season strong with tree daisies and many other flowers still in bloom. The aloes are also blooming en masse in the Succulent and South Africa Gardens. (See photos attached).

The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of beautiful gardens displaying over 8,500 different kinds of plants from around the world. In addition to the magnolias, seasonal highlights include: Mesoamerican, Andean and Southeast Asian Cloud Forest collections, as well as the California Native Garden and a century old Redwood Grove.

Established in 1940 originally as Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco Botanical Garden is a collaboration of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the non-profit San Francisco Botanical Garden Society. In addition to New Year’s Day, The Botanical Garden is free to all: daily from 7:30-9a.m., the second Tuesday of each month, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and for children 4 and younger.

For more information, visit: http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/

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