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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Coming Up: San Francisco Botanical Garden 75th Anniversary Celebration - Free

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is turning 75! Join them in celebrating at their Community Day at the San Francisco Botanical Garden on May 31.

They're having family-friendly activities including giant puppets and a sing-a-long, a variety of docent-led walking tours, a special stage featuring world music and dance performances, a photo booth and more. You can also buy picnicking items at food trucks from Off the Grid, and beverages of all kinds, including alcohol.

A little history from the Botanical Garden: "in the 1870s, William Hammond Hall tamed the dunes and, planting 66,000 trees, transformed a “howling waste of sand” into San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Hall, the Park’s first superintendent, created the original survey and master plan for the Park, which included a modest 12-acre arboretum.
But it was his successor, John McLaren, with the financial support of a prosperous widow named Helene Strybing, who ultimately crafted a vision for a grander arboretum and botanical garden in Golden Gate Park and carried it out. Work began during the Great Depression with the help of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and in 1940, the 55-acre San Francisco Botanical Garden opened to a public eager to see its unfamiliar and alluring collections. Now, this living museum is home to over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the globe including many that are rare and no longer found in the wild. The Garden is a cherished oasis in the heart of the city and a vital resource for conservation and education."

What: Community Day - San Francisco Botanical Garden's 75th Anniversary Celebration (family activities, performances, special tours, demonstrations and more)
When: Sunday, May 31, activities from 10-4 (garden hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Where: San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park
Cost: free

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