Gardens & Climates
San Francisco Botanical Garden is a living museum of plants located within Golden Gate Park. The mild mediterranean climate provides the right conditions to grow and conserve plants from all over the world, including some no longer found in their native habitats. Plants are organized primarily according to geographic areas, with a focus on mediterranean, mild-temperate and montane tropic climates. Our collections are organized as follows:
Characterized by warm dry summers and mild wet winters, this climate is similar to that of San Francisco and is found in five major locations around the world, namely in Coastal California, Central Chile, the Cape Province of South Africa, Southwest Australia, and the lands around the Mediterranean Sea. Plants from this climate are an emphasis of the Botanical Garden.
with year-round rainfall and a change of season represented in the Garden by collections from Eastern Asia, New Zealand, and South America. These plants/collections are maintained in our gardens by watering during the dry summer.
A moist tropical cloud forest climate typical of high mountain slopes that are kept cool by cloud cover. San Francisco's summer fog and moist mild winters almost perfectly mimic these conditions. The Garden is unique among botanical gardens in being able to maintain a rich outdoor collection of cloud forest plants.