Gardening Resources

Display Gardens Featuring California Native Plants

The Bay Area has several public gardens that display California native plants.  Here is information on their location, hours and admission policies. 

San Francisco

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboreteum

The Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants is especially beautiful in the Spring when the native meadow is in full bloom and when the musty fragrance of pink-flowered currants (Ribes sanguineum) permeates the garden.

Location: on Martin Luther King Drive in Golden Gate Park near the intersection of 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA 94122

Plant Sale at nursery: 10 am -1 pm one Sat in March, April, June, July, August, September, October and November; large annual sale first weekend in May. Plants available at The Arbor adjoining the Bookstore, daily from 10 am – 4 pm, closed major holidays.

Telephone: (415) 661-1316

Hours: Open daily from 7:30 am until 1 hour after last entry, which varies seasonally between 4 and 6 pm.

Admission: $7 Adults, $5 Youths 12-17 and Seniors 65 +, $2 Children ages 5-11, Free to Children 4 and under. Free to San Francisco residents and SFBG members, and daily between 7:30 and 9 am, as well as all day the 2nd Tuesday of each month and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

East Bay

Regional Parks Botanic Garden

Devoted to the collection, growth, display, and preservation of the native plants of California with plants from differents areas of the state grouped together.

Location: Wildcat Canyon Road at South Park Drive, just east of the Brazil Room for directions see map of Tilden Park

Telephone: (510) 841-8732

Parking: Free lot across from garden entrance on Wildcat Canyon Road

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free Tours start at the Visitor Center, usually at 2 p.m., on most Saturdays and Sundays. Please call to confirm. Garden Tours for Groups are available by appointment.

Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Admission: Free

For more information on the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, visit the web site of the Friends of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden.  

University of California Botanical Garden

 Location: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley CA 94720

Spring plant sale in late April, plants also available at store.

Hourly $ parking across the street.

Hours: Garden open 9 am – 5 pm, store open 10:30-4:30 pm daily

Closed: First Tuesday of every month; Christmas

Admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors 65+ and college students; $2 Children ages 5-12; Free for children ages 4 and under, and UCBG members.  Free docent tours on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm.Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily.

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