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Top garden recommendations from locals

Art Museum
“The de Young often features traveling exhibits from all over the world. It's in a fantastic modernist building which has a tower that you can go up (free of charge) for a great view of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding city.”
  • 473 locals recommend
“If you love flowers and tea and/ or are looking for a romantic date idea, this is place is lovely!”
  • 139 locals recommend
“Its free, inside it is a relaxing place with an array of flowers and plants. ”
  • 125 locals recommend
“Who wouldn't love a beautifully located rose garden, adjacent to exquisite tennis courts? Across the road is Codornices Park, another local fave, with long meandering walks that go up into the hills...”
  • 63 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Free to San Francisco residents, Feb marks the start of the magnolia walking tours: magnolias. Camellias and rhododendrons are in full bloom.”
  • 77 locals recommend
“Wonderful inner city park, with lawns, waterfalls, a tea house etc. Right across from SF MOMA”
  • 62 locals recommend
“If it's the season, you can follow your nose to the garden and stay for the vibrant colors. Easy walk and good, quite spot to do some reading or art work.”
  • 37 locals recommend
“Right in Hayward’s hectic downtown is this sanctuary where you can take a minute to reflect. The Japanese Garden was the Bay Area’s first to be designed according to strict traditional guidelines. Typical for this style of garden the beds with 70 different tree and plant species have been meticulously tended to resemble miniature landscapes and on a visit you’ll pass through pavilions, cross a bridge over a koi pond fed by a waterfall and see a Japanese teahouse”
  • 15 locals recommend
“Views of the Golden Gate Bridge. See if you're lucky enough to be there late afternoon in the summer with the fog rolling in. Historic WWII airfield”
  • 16 locals recommend
“Our family loves this place no matter the time of year. Paths take you through all kind of California native plant gardens (from desert plants to the redwoods). ”
  • 8 locals recommend
“Lovely little Japanese garden in the midst of GG Park. Nice place to relax in the afternoon. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Super fun slides for little and big kids! Shh..The neighborhood's best kept secret..”
  • 21 locals recommend
“Bonsai trees from forever-ago. This place is so underrecognized, in my humble opinion. Beautiful collection of carefully curated trees. I was shocked the first time I came through and saw that one of the trees dated back to the 1800s.”
  • 8 locals recommend
“2 miles away. In Golden Gate Park, the National AIDS Memorial Grove is a living tribute to all whose lives have been touched by AIDS, and a dedicated space where people can gather to heal, hope, and remember. Its purpose is to ensure that those who have suffered from the AIDS epidemic — both those who have died and those who have shared their struggle — are not forgotten. It is a place for quiet reflection among the rhododendrons and redwoods, where people can seek out solitude or gather in groups for memorial services, celebrations, and picnics.”
  • 14 locals recommend
“For those of you interested in gardening this is the garden started by Alice Waters that is incorporated into the local middle school curriculum. Best to go on weekend or after school hours.”
  • 6 locals recommend