From the Associate Curator
'There's an App for That'
Use Your Phone to Learn About our Plants
If you have been to the Garden in recent months and went looking for our In Bloom plant of the month, you might have seen one of the new smart phone Plant Tags. These tags are a square-shaped bar code that can be scanned by any smart phone with a camera.
How it Works
- download the free app by visiting gettag.mobi on your phone's web browser.
- Locate a plant sign with a Plant Tag (map below)
- Open the app on your phone and scan the barcode.
- Your phone sends you to a page on our site with all the details!
You find find historical, botanical, and horticultural information at your fingertips along with other locations in the Garden and stunning photos.
A new tag is added each month and starting April 1, a map of all the Plant Tags will also be available at the ticket kiosks (click on the image below to download.)
Plant Tags are just one of many ways we are embracing and utilizing technology in the garden to get more plant information to our visitors. Go ahead, give it a try the next time your are strolling through the garden. It's a fun, convenient and high-tech way to learn more about these plants while you discover them in the Garden – just one of the many ways we are embracing technology to make a stronger connection between people and plants.
Associate Curator, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
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