The San Francisco Botanical Garden is a beautiful, relaxing green space that provides refuge in the city for tourists and long-time residents alike. If the Garden’s 8,000+ plants across 55 acres weren’t enough, they are bringing in an extra-special addition from September 16-20. That’s right, Flower Piano is back! A number of public pianos will be placed around the gardens so you can enjoy lovely music in an even lovelier setting. Hot tip: the event is free for SF residents.
This year Flower Piano will debut a special new opening event called Fall and Fly on September 14 from 5-6:30pm, in which 12 pianists will play 12 different grand pianos in unison for a special commissioned work by Benjamin Gribble. The experimental work will take place on SF Botanical Garden’s Great Meadow in addition to the regularly scheduled programming from September 16-20.
Flower Piano has had 6 successful years at San Francisco Botanical Garden, despite a break in 2020 due to the pandemic. The Garden usually puts up 12 beautiful pianos around the area, which are free for the anyone to play during the week, and reserved for professional performances on weekends. The Botanical Garden works in collaboration with Sunset Piano, a local artist duo known for placing beautiful, sculptural pianos around the Bay Area.See the full program here.
Pianos will be located in the following gardens:
- Great Meadow
- Celebration Garden
- Garden of Fragrance
- Rhododendron Garden
- Ancient Plant Garden
- New Zealand Collection
- South Africa Collection
- California Native Plant Garden
- Redwood Grove
- Conifer Lawn
- Moon Viewing Garden
- Zellerbach Garden
Featured image: Courtesy of SF Botanical Garden