The San Francisco Botanical Gardens are located within Golden Gate Park in the Richmond district of the city. The garden is about 55 acres and houses approximately 8,000 varieties of plants from around the world. The park is organized into mini-gardens that are themed by plant type (Redwood Trail), climate (California natives), country/continent of origin (South African garden), or specialty (Garden of Fragrance - my favorite).
Construction on the gardens began in 1926 and they officially opened in 1940. The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society continues to update the collections and educate the public on the plants located within its walls. They are also replacing the old greenhouses with a Center for Sustainable Gardening to promote green building and gardening practices.
I spent about two hours in the gardens. I may or may not have gotten a little turned around on the winding paths and trails, and that may or may not have attributed to the additional half hour I added to my planned visit time, but that is neither here nor there. I fell in love with the gardens and hope to come back many times in the future.
I'm including a few (thousand) of the photos I snapped today. I'm still learning how to use my camera, so this gave me lots of subject matter!