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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
“Great for kids aged from 2 to 10. One of our favorite places to visit on a weekend afternoon.”
  • 59 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
“One of the Very Best Rose Gardens in the US. Huge municipal park and garden.”
  • 45 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
“A rose by any other name smells just as sweet! If you love and appreciate the beauty of this wonderful floral specimen, a trip to the Rose Garden is a must. Bring a picnic basket! The garden is maintained by volunteers year round and their dedication is shown in the manicured grounds and the well-tended plants. This is the perfect place to see the different varieties and assorted colors of this showy bloom. It is located in the Rose Garden district of San Jose in the 95126 zip code residential neighborhood.”
  • 31 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
Sculpture Garden
“The Rodin Sculpture garden on Stanford Campus is amazing. It is one of the largest exhibits of Rodin sculptue anywhere and most of the sculpture is outside of the Stanford Art Museum and some is scattered around Stanford campus.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Historic Site
“World famous horticulturist Luther Burbank brought us the Shasta Daisy , the Santa Rosa plum and dozens more hybrid plants! It’s wonderful to visit where he lived and worked! You can arrange a guided tour of the home or just visit and wander through on your own.”
  • 29 locals recommend
“Hakone Gardens is a traditional Japanese garden in Saratoga, California, United States. A recipient of the Save America's Treasures Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it is recognized as one of the oldest Japanese-style residential garden in the Western Hemisphere, and an enduring American treasure. Notable features include a bamboo garden, a Zen garden, a strolling garden (the Hill and Pond Garden), tea houses, and the Cultural Exchange Center, which is an authentic reproduction of a 19th-century Kyoto tea merchant's house and shop.”
  • 18 locals recommend
“Taste wine at a handful of tasting rooms offered on their grounds, grab a bite to eat, walk through their beautiful botanical garden, shop around their local boutiques, and check out their distillery for yummy concoctions and shuffle board!”
  • 29 locals recommend
“Soak in some history and culture. Enjoy a stroll through the sculpture garden. Visit the art museum next door. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Historic Site
“175 acre park grounds, Hiking trails, Botanical gardens and Art center. Within walking distance of 1.2 Miles.”
  • 14 locals recommend