Gardens in San Francisco

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Gardens in San Francisco

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  • B d A
    Athens, Greece958 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The exceptional guide made it all. We comprehended what the tea garden is, the history and the accoutrements, the adventures of the Japanese after the 1942 attack, the transformation from Japanese to Asian, and the concentration camps. The trimming is what makes the garden and the pictorial scenic setting of the plants with symbolically obsessive underpinnings. A lesson for us in Japanese emotional topography and reflective philosophy.
    Written May 4, 2024
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  • Marion G
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views were amazing- there were so many different types of species of plants! There were also indoor rooms where you can see plants- and a pathway/hallway to walk in. There is a restricted area but you can still see the plants. I definitely recommend it!
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • JBoise67
    Boise, ID161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an amazing place, full of so many beautiful flowers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and unique characteristics. I would definitely recommend this place to people of all ages. You can walk through the display in 15-20 minutes if you are in a hurry, or you can slow down and really examine everything there is to see. Besides all of the amazing floral, they have piped in animal/insect sounds to really make it feel tropical. The staff was very friendly and fun to chat with, the price is right, and the displays are amazing. A must!
    Written March 27, 2023
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  • TheShis
    Tel Aviv, Israel40,999 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a lovely park in the middle of the city, surrounded by high-risers and a man-made waterfall.
    Numerous locals come here for tranquil picnics.
    Written June 22, 2023
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  • ElvisAndrus
    Arlington, TX824 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, peaceful and full of life. Crowded enough to enjoy people watching. Spacious enough to remain comfortable. We stayed about 90 minutes, in part to an engaging conversation w8th a stranger but mostly because it was just such an easy place to be
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • Peter Z
    Guelph, Canada92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is one of a few painted steps in San Francisco and we really wanted to see them. We took the N bus to the corner of 16th and Irving and walked uphill the couple blocks to the painted steps. Further uphill there is a secondary steps. Took lots of photos then made our way down to the main part to see Japanese Gardens and Botanical Gardens. A good bit of walking but fun.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA8,602 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful space with amazing views, a spot where locals play tennis and exercise their dogs.

    But the park has a Hollywood connection. The grand staircase was used in the film "What's Up, Doc?" and the damage done by four vehicles driving down the steps is still visible in 2022. It also appeared in the Coppola film "The Conversation."

    The architecture of the area is wonderful, none more impressive as the Alta Plaza Apartment Co-op that borders the park. Built in a long ago era, when buildings towered upwards, it's a remarkable example of the opulence of the 20's. The building was designed by local architect Conrad A. Meussdorffer, and is an absolute jaw dropping gem.

    Nearby, the hill drops down into the Marina, quite an experience for new riders to the 22 Filmore bus, who don't realize the bus turns away from the steep incline.
    Just.
    Written March 18, 2022
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  • gl0baltr0tter
    Shanghai, China1,331 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty garden when tulips are in full bloom, in front of a wooden windmill replica. You could imagine that you have been transported to the Netherland, but then the sight and sound of the Pacific ocean brings you right back.
    Written March 24, 2024
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  • jehenson81
    Washington DC, DC24,906 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This garden sits right next to the California Academy of Science on the Western side. It is a quaint little spot even in the rain. The only fault I could find is that there was no pathway from the entrance area to the Shakespeare bust unless it was in the area roped off due to replanting. I think on a sunny day it would be a lovely place to sit under the shade of trees.
    Written March 14, 2019
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  • AB_US
    Dallas, TX423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Rose garden in the middle of the Golden Gate Park. Large variety of beautiful roses. Garden is easily accessible via public transportation and in walking distance to other attractions from the Park.
    Written July 31, 2019
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  • Pavel B
    Oslo, Norway91 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice little garden on several levels, and the new innovative garden on the flat roof of the bus terminal is very close.
    Written November 29, 2019
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  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, CA3,516 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I stopped by Fay park on the way to Lombard street. It is tiny, but pretty. There are beautiful flowers though.
    Written June 28, 2019
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  • Sarah S
    San Francisco, CA6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A "must see" from July through October when the blooms are off the charts (Aug. and Sept. is the peak time). It's location makes it a perfect stop near the Conservatory of Flowers, AIDS Grove, deYoung, etc. Run entirely by the all-volunteer SF Dahlia Society. The dahlia is the official flower of the city of San Francisco. Absolutely worth the effort. Added bonus: It's free and part of a lovely stroll in a scenic part of GG Park.
    Written October 5, 2021
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