San Francisco Botanical Garden has undergone steady development since its opening in 1940, and as a living museum, continues in that tradition. Every year brings newly designed gardens and an ever-changing collection of plants. Here are some of our current projects:
Nursery: Center for Sustainable Gardening
The proposed Nursery: Center for Sustainable Gardening (CSG) will replace the existing rundown, temporary nursery facilities that were built in the 1960's in the coldest part of the Garden. A new highly-efficient building will enable both the Recreation and Park Department and Botanical Garden Society staff and volunteers to maintain and expand plant propagation and growing activities in a safe and improved work environment.
Laura Hartman, of the architectural firm of Fernau & Hartman, talks about the Center for Sustainable Gardening, and offers her vision of what sustainable gardening might look like.
Southeast Asian Cloud Forest
Vireya rhododendron. Photo by James Gaither
This garden in development is the first of its kind and is currently being planted with specimens from cool moist cloud forests located between 7,000 and 12,000 feet in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and New Guinea. Temperatures in San Francisco are similar to these mountainous habitats and thus can sustain the Botanical Garden's collection, including Himalayan fishtail palms and orchids. This garden is noted in particular for its preservation of rare and endangered plant species.
Andean Cloud Forest
Bomarea spp.. Photo by James Gaither.
The Andean Cloud Forest collection, recently developed, represents a key biodiversity hotspot of plants rapidly disappearing in the wild. The cornerstone is the most comprehensive collection of high elevation palm species known in any botanical garden in the world. There are new and established high-elevation palms, including Ceroxylon quindiuense (Andean wax palm), the tallest palm in the world, from the Colombian Andes. More recent palm plantings include Parajubaea torallyi, the highest-elevation palm that grows at 11,000 feet in the Bolivian Andes. The border of this new collection will be bookended by two small groves of Araucaria species (Araucaria angustifolia and Araucaria araucana). When mature, these trees will create a striking vista as their umbrella-shaped canopies reach up and over the collection.
Golden Gate Park Master Plan provides a vision to preserve and enhance Golden Gate Park to ensure it will continue to serve future generations. Master Plan information pertaining to the Botanical Garden can be found in the Special Area Plan section on page 13-8.