The San Francisco Botanical Garden staff LOVE New Zealand. There are a few subtle hints pointing to this fact and I’m here to blow this conspiracy wide open.
The public garden, which costs $8 for adults, less for children and residents, is situated so that it offers a range of climates perfect for plants from across the world. It’s organised by region and what sits smack in the middle? That’s right: New Zealand.
I’ve got nothing against our neighbours across the “dutch” (that was an NZ joke. Because they say “dutch” instead of “ditch”… nevermind) but surely we’ve all come to the conclusion that Australia is the undisputed Queen of Oceania. That takes into consideration all definitions of the word. But we’ve been snubbed. Thrown into a corner next to an exit.
Alright, I can’t keep up this ridiculous faux outrage. All I know is that I’m a stickler for getting lost and every time I tried to find my way to the Australian garden, I ended up in New Zealand. It must be a special maze put in for the cartographically-challenged Australians. I just found out that cartography is the art of drawing maps, not reading them. This just gets worse and worse!
In any case, I visited the San Francisco Botanical Garden a few weeks ago to see the “Magnificent Magnolias”, which were listed on the website as being in bloom now. They weren’t then. But they could be now.
Out of the 23 mapped Magnolia trees, there were buds on just one (that I saw, forgive me if I missed a few). But it’s a garden, nature doesn’t work like clockwork, sometimes they’re going to bloom, sometimes they’re just going to sit there looking at you while internally chanting “you can’t tell us what to do”.
I wasn’t disappointed, there was heaps to keep my somewhat-feeble attention span when it comes to plants. The gardens are split into groups depending on climate and are easily traversed in a few hours. Or bring a picnic and stay a little longer.
I could talk about a place like this all day, but let’s be honest, a photo is way more interesting and less time consuming for you. I may have gone a bit overboard in the photographic stakes. It was fun and I was testing out a Google Pixel. Enjoy!