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Native Plant Gardens and Nature Walks in San Francisco

Learn more about native plants, including what grows in different microclimates in San Francisco. The following gardens or natural areas include plants that are used as native habitat. 

California Native Plant Garden (in the SF Botanical Garden)

The California Native Plant Garden is one of many gardens within the SF Botanical Garden.
Open daily, starting at 7:30am. Last entry changes seasonally (between 4pm-6pm).
Free to San Francisco residents and school groups.

Land's End Trail (in Golden Gate National Park)

Got sandy soil? Find out the native plants that grow well in San Francisco's sandy dunes.  Walk the Land's End trail above the Cliff House to experience native habitat that has been carefully restored by volutneers.
Public transportation: Take the 38 Geary bus West to the end of the line. 

Dolores Pollinator Boulevard (on Dolores & Market Street)

The Dolores Pollinator Boulevard is a streetside demonstration garden in the street median of Dolores Street and Market (south-west side of the street). 

Habitat Gardens (at San Francisco State University)

The San Francisco State University sustainability project has a habitat garden on campus.

The Bee Farm (with San Francisco Bee-Cause)

The Bee Farm has volunteer work parties on the third Saturday of the month at San Bruno Ave and Ordway.


Related Content
Find the Wild - natural areas where you can discover birds, butterflies, and wildflowers. Some of these nature spots have native landscaping. 

Additional Resources
Public Native Plant Gardens - map and photographs of native plant gardens in San Francisco
California Native Plant Garden at Berkeley - Botanical Garden at University of California Berkeley

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