SF Botanical Garden’s new nursery will cover about 34,000 square feet.
SF Botanical Garden recently broke ground on a brand-new plant nursery, due to open in spring of 2022! As the city’s authority on countless types of plants, the Garden is a must for both locals and tourists, and this is absolutely fantastic news for San Francisco’s gardening enthusiasts. The nursery will feature a greenhouse, a headhouse, storage, expanded growing grounds, and more.
The small existing nursery space has hosted many plant sales over the years, but it is overdue for an update as it suffers from poor drainage, uneven paving, insufficient storage facilities, and more. The new nursery, designed in collaboration with award-winning architects Siegel & Strain, will solve these problems and bring in even more services.
Facilities will be updated and improved in order to cultivate cuttings from other public gardens, propagate unique and rare plants, and help conserve endangered plants that are under threat in their native habitats. The new headhouse and greenhouse will be the center of these operations. The nursery will also grow backup populations of certain plants, including threatened species, in its expanded growing grounds. Staff and volunteers will benefit from improved infrastructure, storage, and organization, so as to provide even better service to the Botanical Garden’s many visitors.
As a result of these improvements, visitors to this world-class Garden will have access to an expanded plant selection in the nursery, including more rare plants that are difficult to find anywhere else! The Garden will also more effectively work towards its goal of improving plant biodiversity. After providing decades of quiet refuge for generations of San Franciscans, it’s high time the Garden gave itself some TLC!
The San Francisco Botanical Garden is a beautiful, relaxing green space with 7,700 types of plants across 55 acres. It’s free to visit for all SF City and County residents with proof of residency. The general public can get in for free before 9am daily and on the second Tuesday of every month. Find it at 1199 9th Ave in Golden Gate Park.
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