As you explore the beauty of Golden Gate Park, there is an undeniable appeal associated with the natural surroundings uncovered in every nook and cranny. As we enter the homestretch of the winter season, you can’t help but to take in the refreshing relief of clean air and fresh blooms when taking a stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden or visiting one of the many displays of color at every turn. The weather of San Francisco is no threat to year-round planting, as practically no frost and enough rain contributes to an impressively nurturing environment.

So, while there are plenty of destination gardens scattered about Golden Gate Park (like the interesting Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers) – keep in mind that traveling off the beaten path presents a whole new world of nature to discover. Do you know how many rare and exotic plants call the park their home? Not to mention all of the migrating and resident birds decorating the skies and trees with their colorful and unique presence. Ten Golden Gate Park lakes also provide an opportunity to relax, enjoy romantic picnics, and take in the vibrant greenery.

As always, keep on top of the annual exhibits and colorful display of blooms revealed at the Conservatory of Flowers. Mark your calendars for the Lunar New Year Floral Display held in the Potted Plants Gallery, starting on January 29th and continuing until March 2nd. The Art of Penjing also begins on January 29th (until April 27th), where mini-plant landscapes blend visions of trees, water, and land into exquisite works of art. Don’t miss this 2000-year tradition that brings Japanese bonsai to life – a pleasure for visitors of all ages!

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