5 Of The Most Unique Gardens In San Francisco

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

5 Of The Most Unique Gardens In San Francisco

These gardens are sure to get you out of the house.

San Francisco is home to plenty of memorable gardens, but the most unique ones can take some digging to find. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of interesting and unforgettable spots for you to get a breath of fresh air.

1. Living Roof at the California Academy of Sciences

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The best gardens are sometimes found in the most unexpected places. The living roof atop the California Academy of Sciences is a marvel of building design and green energy. Not only does it insulate the building below, but this beautiful canopy of 1.7 million plants plays home to local birds and insects. Visit for stargazing, eclipse watching, and other learning opportunities.

Location: California Academy of Sciences,  55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

2. Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden is one of Golden Gate Park’s most iconic destinations, and for good reason. The tea house, or ochaya, dates back to 1894, making it the oldest ochaya in the United States. Take a stroll through the pagodas, stepping stone paths, native Japanese plants, and more. Remember to visit in March and April for a glimpse of the cherry blossoms.

Location:  75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

3. Ancient Plant Garden

Many of the plants in this unique garden date back to the times of dinosaurs, earning them the name of “living fossils.” The Ancient Plants Garden features plants from the early Devonian through the Cretaceous period. Who knew you could time travel right here in the San Francisco Botanical Garden?

Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122.

4. Garden of Fragrance


Enjoy dozens of beautiful scents at the Garden of Fragrance, including lavender, mint, rosemary, and much more. The San Francisco Botanical Garden dedicated this peaceful space in 1965 for visually impaired and handicapped visitors. Since then, they’ve expanded into a full experience designed specifically for your senses of smell and touch.

Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122.

5. Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers 

The Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers, better known as the Shakespeare Garden, is a must-see for literature lovers. This romantic garden is home to over 200 unique flowers and plants, all of which are mentioned in Shakespeare’s works. Whether you’re a diehard literature fan, or just looking for a pleasant picnic spot, it’s certainly worth a visit. Bring your favorite play and watch the imagery jump off the page.

Location:  335 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118


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