New Nursery for San Francisco Botanical Garden
“The Heart of the Garden”

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San Francisco Botanical Garden Nursery Groundbreaking Celebration

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
2:00pm - 3:30pm 

Program and remarks at the nursery construction site
Reception and refreshments to follow in the Redwood Grove adjacent to the nursery site


Please join us as we celebrate this momentous milestone for the new plant nursery at San Francisco Botanical Garden. Thanks to donors, we have reached our fundraising goal including a generous $2 million matching challenge from Delle Maxwell & Patrick Hanrahan.

As we begin construction on the new nursery, we want to thank all those who have made this moment possible. Our new nursery will greatly enhance our conservation efforts and help us protect global biodiversity, engage volunteers, and steward our living plant collections.​​

  • Scheduled to open in Spring 2022, the new complex will be approximately 34,000 square feet. It will enable us to fulfill our vital role as a world-class Botanical Garden, in service to the public while also supporting global conservation efforts.

  • Garden staff partnered with award-winning design firm Siegel & Strain to develop this new nursery replacement and consolidation project.

  • The new facility will allow us to:

    • Welcome plants from other institutions and care for rare, endangered, and unique species

    • Implement best practices for plant propagation and overall nursery operations

    • Improve safety and workflow to support our dedicated staff, horticultural team, and volunteers

    • Modernize our retail operation to offer noteworthy plants not commercially available

    • Enhance maintenance, security, and efficiency with centralized storage for equipment, tools, materials, and vehicles used throughout the Garden

  • The efforts of long-time volunteers to cultivate plants in the current facility are deeply appreciated. Everyone is encouraged to continue volunteering at the Garden during and after the transition. Until the nursery re-opens, volunteers may choose to support other plant nurseries in San Francisco, including the Nursery in Golden Gate Park at 100 MLK Drive, San Francisco.