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75th Anniversary Community Day: May 31, 10am-5pm
Community Day Schedule
10–11 Reflective Hour

Guided Walking Meditation Tour
McBean Fowl Lake

Bird Walk
Information Station near Main Gate

Yoga Class
Zellerbach Garden – All levels welcome, led by Jane Austin and Matt Champoux of Yoga Tree

11–5 Ongoing Activities

Nature Activities
Great Meadow East – Enjoy nature crafts and activities for all ages

Library Used Book Sale
Library Terrace – Find the perfect addition to your gardening library

Interpretation Stations
These engaging stations are opportunities for all ages to learn about the Garden's collections

Roving Docents
Throughout the Garden – Look for the Docent badges for answers to your Garden-related questions

Tea Rituals
Fragrance Garden – Experience the beauty and fragrance of healing herbs

Community Partner Presentations
Great Meadow – Learn how to best arrange your flowers or the art of juice preservation among other mini demonstrations with local partners who will share their tips and techniques

Photo Booth
Base of Heidelberg Hill – Capture a fun moment with friends & family

Beverage Area Opens
Fountain Plaza – Enjoy local beer, wine or specialty botanical cocktails

11:15–12 Australian Garden Tour

Meet at the Tour Meet-Up Location

11:20 Welcome by KALW Host

Ashleyann Krigbaum – Great Meadow Stage

11:30–12:15 Nature Sing-A-Long with Toni Mikulka

Puppeteer, storyteller and singer Toni Mikulka kicks off the day's performances with a sing-a-long for nature lovers of all ages.
Great Meadow Stage

12:15–12:30 Opening Remarks

Great Meadow Stage

12:15–12:45 Family Garden Tour

Meet at Main Gate Information Station

12:30–1:15 Xitlalli Danza Azteca, Traditional Ceremonial Ritual

Xitlalli Danza Azteca blends music, choreography, spoken word and theater through La Danza Azteca, a modern mystic folk dance tradition of Central Mexico based on the cultural legacy of the "Aztecs," their enemies and their descendants.
Great Meadow Stage

1:15–2 MesoAmerican Cloud Forest Garden Tour

Meet at Main Gate Information Station

1:30–2:15 China Dance Theatre Chinese Ethnic Dance Troupe

Enjoy a new and innovative performance by China Dance Theatre's young students, featuring the rich and colorful heritage of Chinese classical, ethnic and folk dance.
Great Meadow Stage

2:15–2:45 Family Garden Tour

Meet at Main Gate Information Station

2:30–3:15 Batsumi, South African Dance Group

The well-known South African dance Gumboots is front and center, demonstrated by San Francisco-based South African Moeketsi Gibe.
Great Meadow Stage

3:15–4 South African Garden Tour

Main Gate Information Station

3:30–4:15 Grupo Samba Rio, Brazilian Carnaval

It's a festive finish, as Grupo Samba Rio offers a Brazilian Carnavale performance, bringing authentic samba from Rio de Janeiro to the Great Meadow!
Great Meadow Stage

4:15 Closing Remarks

Great Meadow Stage

4:15–5 Nature Reading

Redwood Grove – Delight in old and new writings about nature led by SF writers Bruce Snider, Rachel Levin, and James Nestor

2015 marks 75 years since San Francisco Botanical Garden opened to the public as a place of beauty, learning and inspiration. To honor this anniversary, we've designed a free day just for you.

An Overview of the Day

Begin by immersing yourself in the beauty of this urban sanctuary with a meditative walking tour, a bird walk or yoga class. Kids of all ages can enjoy a nature sing-a-long in the morning and explore the Garden through an array of activities all day long.

Community Day Events

In the Great Meadow, enjoy family-friendly performances that reflect the Garden's global collections, specifically its South African, Temperate Asian and Cloud Forests. Then travel the world within our 55 acres with docent-led tours, and roving docents who are available to answer questions all day long, so don't be shy!

Community Day

Visit the Eastern end of the Great Meadow and the Library for more activities for adults and children. Indulge in multicultural cuisines at Off the Grid food trucks, and enjoy local beer, wine and specialty cocktails around the Fountain Plaza. Visit the Garden Bookstore and Plant Arbor, as well as our Community Partners for an interesting array of Garden-related products, services and demonstrations – more information on Community Partner activities coming soon! Complete your day with some Nature Readings in the Redwood Grove or a calming Tea Ritual in the Fragrance Garden.

See column on the right for a more detailed schedule of the day.


Join the Garden Community

Join the Garden Community

In addition to joining us at Community Day, here are lots of ways to get involved with the garden year-round.

Become a member or donor and support the Garden's botanical collections, outreach activities and educational programs.

Volunteer, gain new skills and make friends. Guide visitors and school children, staff special events, help maintain the gardens, assist in the Bookstore, Plant Arbor, Library and offices.

Participate in an array of classes, workshops, events and walks designed for exploration into the world of plants.

Take the Garden home with a stop at the Garden Bookstore and Plant Arbor or shop at monthly plant sales for an outstanding selection of Bay Area-friendly plants and seasonal specialties seldom found in commercial nurseries.

Sign up for the monthly e-newsletter and follow the Garden on social media to get the latest on classes, events, plant sales, art shows and what's in bloom.


Transportation & Parking

In effort to make Community Day as environmentally responsible an event as possible and deal with limited parking resources in and around the Garden, we encourage all guests to consider walking, biking, or utilizing public transportation or ride sharing services.

First-time Lyft users, get your first ride free up to $20. Simply download the app, create an account and enter the code SFBG75 in the ‘Payment’ section. AND the Garden gets $10 for each new user that enters the code and takes their first ride! How cool is that!?!

Bike Valet available at the Main Gate.

The Golden Gate Park Shuttle will be running this day, as well.


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