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Spring of 2007 may not be a great wildflower season. But you could still enjoy the blooming in 40 public gardens listed in below. Most plants are tagged to help you learn and key the species. Most gardens have webpage. Please click the name to check more info.

Thanks to sunnydavid for patiently locating each garden in the interactive map. I labeled it with numbers in the flat one in below: (Some browser doesn't show the numbered bullet so I add it after the garden name.)

    Mendocino County

  • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 1
    Hours: 9am-5pm, Mar-Oct; 9am-4pm Nov-Feb.
    Admission: $7.50/Senior & youth discounts
    18220 North Hwy. 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
    (707) 964-4352
    This garden fronting directly on the Pacific coast includes woodland, perennial, rhododendron, dahlia, and camellia gardens, a fern canyon, and a pacifica iris collection. Photos, visitor information, and event calendar.

  • Fetzer Vineyards 2
    Hours: 8am-6pm, daily.
    Admission: Free self-guided tours daily. May-Sept: weekend guided tours at 10:30am and 2:30pm include wine & garden tasting, $6.
    13601 Old River Road, Hopland, CA 95449
    (800) 846-8637
    The seven different theme gardens, all with an organic focus, are a kaleidoscope of color, frangrance and flavor, and teem with life. From the formal, to Mediterranean, to vegetables, herbs, and plants for wildliife, the garden provides an array of sensory experiences. Call or visit website for info, tours, cafe, wine tasting, B&B, or events.

    Sonoma County

  • Cornerstone Gardens 3
    Hours: Apr 16-Oct 31: 10am-5pm, Tue-Sun. Noon-4pm Mon.
    Nov 1-Apr 15: call or see website for hours.
    Admission: $9 Adults; $7.50 Seniors (65+), $6.50 Students, $4 Children (5-12).
    23570 Hwy121m Sonoma, 95476
    (707) 933-3010
    Series of walk-through gardens in Sonoma showcasing innovative designs by various landscape architects. Information about the designers, events, and exhibits.

  • Luther Burbank Home & Gardens 4
    Hours: Gardens open year-round, 8am-dusk.
    Gift shop & museum open Apr-Oct, 10am-4pm;
    Tours Apr-Oct, 10am-3:30pm.
    Admission: Free admission to gardens, gift shop & museum. Docent-led & audio tours $3-4.
    Santa Rosa Ave at Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa, 95404
    (707) 524-5445
    Luther Burbank creations like the Shasta daisy, Paradox walnut, Santa Rosa plum, and Burbank potato are on display at this "living museum." The 1889 greenhouse and more than an acre of gardens include Victorian plants, medicinal herbs, bird and butterfly attractants, decorative grasses, and many unusual plant varieties.

  • Quarryhill Botanical Garden 5
    Hours: Docent-led study tours by appointment only, Mar-Oct.
    Admission: $15 general tour, $10 groups, $5 students/seniors.
    P.O. Box 232, Glen Ellen, 95442
    (707) 996-3802
    Quarryhill Botanical Garden inhabits 40 acres of rolling hills above the pastoral vineyards of Sonoma Valley. It houses one the largest collections of scientifically documented wild-source Asian plants in North America.

    Yolo County

  • UC Davis Arboretum 6
    Hours: Gardens always open; office open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm, except Univ holidays.
    Admission: Free guided tours. Check website for schedule.
    University of California
    One Shields Avenue, Davis, 95616
    (530) 752-4880
    Living museum, outdoor classroom, and public garden with thousands of tree and plant species adapted to a Mediterranean climate. News, information about visiting, and calendar of events and programs.

    Contra Costa County

  • Blake Garden 7
    Hours: 8am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri, except Univ holidays.
    Admission: Free
    70 Rincon Road, Kensington, 94707
    (510) 524-2449
    Estate garden of 10.5 acres at the official residence of the President of the University of California, located in Kensington. Sections include a greenhouse, a mediterranean garden, herb garden, and formal garden.

  • Gardens at Heather Farm 8
    Hours: Office: 9am-1pm, Mon-Fri
    Gardens: dawn-dusk.
    Admission: Free
    1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, 94598
    (925) 947-1578
    Nonprofit education center in Walnut Creek serves as a living museum, a wildlife habitat, an outdoor classroom, and a place of beauty and enjoyment. Photos, information about membership and events.

  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum 9
    Hours: Garden open sunrise-sunset. Exhibit Hall featuring live non-releasable animals.
    School year: noon-5pm, Tue-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat & Sun
    Summer: 10am-5pm, Tue-Sun.
    Admission: Garden: Free. Exhibit Hall: Fee.
    1931 First Ave, Walnut Creek, 94597
    (925) 935-1978
    The seven gardens at Lindsay Wildlife Museum reflect healthy gardening practices and the museum's theme of living with nature. The gardens have elements that can easily be incorporated into residential yards including drought tolerant and native plants as well as colorful and fragrant plants that attract birds, butterflies and beneficial insects.

  • Markham Nature Park and Arboretum 10
    Hours: 8am-sunset.
    Admission: Free
    1202 La Vista Ave, Concord, 94521
    (925) 281-2968
    A 16-acre sanctuary, bisected by Galindo Creek, for the demonstration, collection and preservation of plants adaptable to our inland region. Under development are an international garden plus specialized gardens for camellias, roses, herbs, mixed borders, natives, and riparian plants.

  • East Bay Regional Parks: Tilden Botanic Garden 11
    Hours: 8:30am-5pm, daily.
    Admission: Free
    Wildcat Canyon Road & South Park Drive, Berkeley, 94708
    (510) 841-8732
    Features representatives of nearly all the state's conifers and oaks, large collections of California manzanitas and ceanothuses, native bunchgrasses and aquatics. Description, map, information about native plant sales are available in this lovely 10acre garden.

  • Ruth Bancroft Garden 12
    Hours: Docent-led and self-guided tours Fri-Sun, call or visit website for reservations.
    Group tours available.
    Admission: $7; members/children under 12 free.
    1500 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, 94598
    (925) 210-9663
    Private 3-acre garden in Walnut Creek exemplifying a water-conserving design, featuring dramatic succulents, cacti, and arid-climate trees. Limited visiting hours. Photo gallery, visitor information, history and plant profiles.

    Alameda County

  • Kaiser Center Roof Garden 13
    Hours: 7am-6pm, Mon-Fri.
    Admission: Free
    300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, 94612
    (510) 271-6100
    The largest continuous roof garden in the world when it opened in 1960, this garden is a beautifully designed, horticulturally rich, 3.5-acre oasis in an urban setting.

  • University of California at Berkeley Botanical Garden 14
    200 Centennial Drive, #5045, Berkeley, 94720
    (510) 643-2755
    A 34-acre garden features one of the most diverse plant collections of 12,000 species in the United States, famous for its rare and endangered species. Information about collections, education, events, mission, and history.

    San Francisco County

  • Conservatory of Flowers 15
    Hours: 9am-4:30pm, Tue-Sun. Closed non-holiday Mondays.
    Admission: $5 Adults; $3 Seniors (65+), Youth (12-17), Students w/ID; $1.50 Children (5-11); Children 4 and under free.
    100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 94117
    (415) 666-7001
    The oldest existing public conservatory in the western hemisphere, located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Information on tours, plants, and using the facility for events.

  • San Francisco Botanical Garden 16
    Hours: 8am-4:30pm, weekdays; 10am-5pm weekends & holidays.
    Admission: Free, donation encouraged.
    9th Ave at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 94122
    (415) 661-1316
    Mediterranean gardens at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park presents mission and visitor information, detailed map, course catalog, and plant sale schedule.

  • National AIDS Memorial Grove 17
    Hours: Dawn-dusk.
    Admission: Free
    Bowling Green & Middle Drive East, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
    (415) 750-8340
    The only federally designated memorial honoring all lives touched by AIDS, the Grove was created and is now maintained primarily through private funds and volunteer labor. An award-winning example of urban park restoration and public-private partnership, the Grove signifies that the global tragedy of AIDS will never be forgotten.

  • San Francisco Zoo 18
    Hours: 10am-5pm.
    Admission: $10 Adults, $7 Youth (12-17), $4 Child (3-11), $7 Seniors. Zoo Members are free, discount for SF residents (check website).
    Parking: $5 per vehicle in the parking lot near Main Entrance.
    1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, 94132
    (415) 753-7080
    Sits on 120-acre site adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. Has various specialty gardens, site-specific habitats for animals, Native Dunes and water-wise gardens.

    San Mateo County

  • Filoli Center 19
    Hours: Feb-Oct: 10am-3:30pm, Tue-Sat. Closed most federal holidays.
    Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Students w/ID, $1 Children (7-12), Children under 7 free. Group rates are available.
    86 Canada Road, Woodside, 94062
    (650) 364-8300
    This 654-acre Bay Area estate garden represents the Golden Age of American Gardens, with house and gardens designed as complementary units. Events and educational programs, garden overview.

  • San Mateo Arboretum 20
    Hours: 10am-3pm, Tue, Thu, Sun.
    Please call in advance for available hours.
    Admission: Free
    101 9th Ave, San Mateo, 94401
    (650) 579-0536
    Victorian and Rose Gardens, Garden Shop and Greenhouses. Kohl Pumphouse available for rental for small groups.

  • Sunset Publishing Headquarters 21
    Hours: 9am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri.
    Admission: Free
    80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, 94025
    (650) 321-3200
    A true behind-the-scenes experience of Western gardening, Sunset's self-guided walking tour leads visitors through the renowned demonstration and test gardens, where garden staff test their ideas year-round.

  • Woodside Library Native Plant Garden 22
    Library Hours: 11am-7pm, Mon-Thu; 11am-5pm, Fri & Sat.
    Admission: Free
    3140 Woodside Road, Woodside, 94062
    (650) 851-0167
    Half-acre garden with California native plants.

    Santa Clara County

  • Elizabeth Gamble Garden 23
    Hours: 365 days a year during daylight hours.
    Office hours: 9am-noon, Mon-Fri.
    Admission: Free
    1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, 94301
    (650) 329-1356
    Palo Alto community horticultural organization tends a property with a historic home, and formal and demonstration gardens. Virtual tour, featured plants, and information about events, education, and children's programs.

  • Hakone Gardens 24
    Hours: 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri; 11am-5pm, Sat & Sun.
    Admission: $7 per car.
    21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, 95070
    (408) 741-4994
    Japanese gardens built in 1918 in Saratoga, featuring koi pond, Zen and tea gardens, and a bamboo park. Photo gallery, visitor information.

    Santa Cruz County

  • Arboretum at the University of California, Santa Cruz 25
    Hours: 9am-5pm, daily except Thanksgiving & Christmas. Call or check website for guided tour schedule and events calendar. Norrie's Gift Shop epen daily 10am-4pm.
    Admission: Free, $3 donation encouraged.
    1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, 95064
    (831) 427-2998
    Features plants grouped by geographic origin: Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and California, including a large collection of genus Erica. Visitor information, plant photo gallery, and event calendar.

    Monterey County

  • Monterey Museum of Art at La MIrada, La Mirada Gradens 26
    Hours: 11am-5pm, Wed-Sat; 1pm-4pm, Sun.
    Admission: $5 general admission; &2.50 students; children under 12 free.
    720 Via Mirada, Monterey, 93940
    Monterey Museum of Art at La MIrada is a beautiful old estate with a home that has been converted into an art museum, surrounded by acres of gardens, the most notable one being the rose garden.

    More Bay Area Public Gardens

  • Ardenwood Historical Farm 27
    34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, 94555
    (510) 796-0663
    Hours: 10am-4pm, Tue-Sun. Admission: Varies
    Victoria-era ornamental gardens, butterfly garden, heirloom vegetable garden, herb garden, and cutting garden.

  • Berkeley Rose Garden 28
    1201 Euclid Ave & Bay View Place, Berkeley, 94074
    (510) 981-5150
    Hours: Dawn-dusk. Admission: Free
    Hillside garden with view, blooms May-Sep, reservable for weddings.

  • Cabrillo College Horticulture Facility 29
    6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 95003
    (831) 477-5671
    Hours: 9am-5pm. Admission: Free
    New horticultural teaching facility that includes a state of the art greenhouse complex, a student-run nursery, and significant collections of native plants, salvias, and succulents.

  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 30
    - Rose Garden
    Located on John F, Kenndy Drive
    (415) 831-2700
    Hours: 6am-10pm. Admission: Free
    The roses are in full bloom in the spring and early summer. Dozens of hybrids are on display, from heirloom varieties to exotic and rare blooms.
    - Japanese Tea Garden
    Located near the Music Concourse
    (415) 752-4227
    Hours: 8:30am-5pm, Nov-Feb; 8:30am-6pm, Mar-Oct.
    Admission: $3.50 Adults; $1.25 Children (6-12) & Seniors. Free first and last hour of each day.
    The Tea Garden landscape was designed and constructed by Makado Hagiwara, and was created as a rural-style garden using the "Hill and Water" concept. The garden includes an extensive bonsai collection, a large bronze Buddha statue circa 1790, and authentically crafted gates.
    - Queen Wilhemina Tulip Garden
    Located at the west end of the park near the Great Hwy.
    (415) 831-2700
    Hours: 6am-10pm. Admission: Free
    Nestled in the shadow of an immense Dutch Windmill, this seaside heaven for colorful bulbs bursts to life in the spring. The garden is a riot of color with over 10,000 tulip bulbs planted each October.

  • Guadalupe River Park & Gardens 31
    715 Spring Street, San Jose, 95110
    (408) 298-7657
    Hours: Dawn-dusk. Admission: Free
    Three-mile ribbon of park land along the banks of the Guadalupe River in downtown San Jose, featuring rose and rock gardens, sister city tributes, and a historic orchard.

  • Hayward Japanese Garden 32
    22373 North 3rd Street, Hayward, 94541
    (510) 881-6700 (Garden is next to Hayward Senior Center)
    Hours: 10am-4pm. Admission: Free
    A combination of structure, pond, and stone designed to capture the illusion of tranquility.

  • Lakeside Park Garden Center 33
    666 Bellevue, Oakland, 94610
    (510) 238-3208
    Hours: 10am-3pm, Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun, May-Oct. 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun, Nov-Apr. Admission: Free
    Home of Golden State Bonsai Collection, Palmatum, Cactus and Succulents, and Demonstration Composting Gardens.

  • Marin Art and Garden Center 34
    30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, 94956
    (415) 454-5597
    Hours: Dawn-dusk. Admission: Free
    Mature gardens, large specimen trees, private glens, and dells for quiet reflection.

  • Gardens of Monterey State Historic Park 35
    20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, 93940
    (831) 649-7118
    Hours: 10am-4pm. Admission: Free
    Due to Monterey's mild climate, flowers can be found blooming much of the year. Ten gardens including designs by Florence Yoch and the Olmsted brothers.

  • Native Plants Garden, Sonoma State University 36
    1801 East Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, 94928
    (707) 996-3802
    Hours: Dawn-dusk. Admission: Free; call ahead for tours.
    Four-acre arboretum designed to demonstrate California's major plant communities.

  • Oakland Museum of California Gardens 37
    1000 Oak Street, Oakland, 94607
    (510) 238-2200
    Hours: 10am-5pm, Wed-Sat; noon-5pm, Sun; closed Mon & Tue.
    Garden Admission: Free
    Dan Kiley-designed terraced roof gardens.

  • Bamboo Garden At Foothill College 38
    12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, 94022
    (650) 949-7777
    In-depth information about the collection of 70 bamboo varieties grown in a two-acre garden in Los Altos. The plants are evaluated for their adaptability to the San Francisco Bay Area climate. Visitor information, events.

  • Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden 39
    Benicia State Recreation Area, 801 Southampton Road, Benicia, 94510
    (707) 648-1911

  • Labadie Arboretum 40
    Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, 94619
    (510) 436-2418
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wow, so many gardens!!!
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What a dazzlingly green! Why not see it on map?! Cool
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make a new year resolution and visit them all in a year? Mr. Green
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What a dazzlingly green! Why not see it on map?! Cool

Many thanks. I was 后知后觉 until not long ago that you have added a jewel to this page. I inserted a copy at top.
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If you scroll the page up to the section between the "event announcement area" and the "forum discussion area", you will see a link of "Bookmark me (加入书签)". Here is a screen shot:


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qiyushen 写到:

If you scroll the page up to the section between the "event announcement area" and the "forum discussion area", you will see a link of "Bookmark me (加入书签)". Here is a screen shot:

谢谢,终于找到了。还附有screenshot, 你真是个做事仔细的人. Smile
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