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Friday, March 29, 2013

Coming up: SF Botanical Garden Family Fundays

The San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park is getting set for the annual native plants flowering season. Plus they have some Family Fundays with special activities. We'll start with those, then move on to the every day activities you can do during flowering season.

Family Funday on SundayEnjoy a story in the library at 10:30, followed by a guided walk at 11 through the Garden of California Native Plants, where the guide will connect the morning’s story to living plants. Drop by the garden activity station between 11:30-1:30 to create a garden craft project to take home. 
For: Families with children ages 3-10.
When: Sundays, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19; 10:30-1:30
Cost: FREE (admission required for docent walks and craft activities following story readings – free for San Francisco residents with proof of residency)
The rest of the time - you can enjoy the seasonal flowering of California native plants - the state has almost 6,000 native ones, more than all other states combined, says the Botanical Garden. The 4 acre Garden of California Native Plants blooms April through mid-May, and there are hundreds of  species on view. You'll see blue wild lilac, golden poppies, white and yellow meadowfoam, purple irises, and more. Check out the Garden’s arroyos, ponds and woodlands. 

Then go to the Garden’s famed Redwood Grove to see the century-old grove, with towering Coast Redwoods, shade-loving ferns, flowering currant, western azalea, huckleberry, and more than 100 species of plants that make their home in the redwood forest.

WhenApril 1 – May 15, 2013; open every day

Time: 9-6 (spring and summer – closing times vary in other seasons)
WhereSan Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Tickets: SF residents: FREE with proof of residence (CA ID with SF address, or photo ID and utility bill); Non-residents: $7 general, $5 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $2 children 5-11; FREE for children 4 and under; families of 2 adults and one or more child pay just $15
More info: here or call, (415) 661-1316

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