Top public gardens near San Francisco

After spending a lot of time packing and moving into one of the homes for sale in the Bay Area, sometimes you'll need a little rest and relaxation. A public garden is the perfect area for an afternoon stroll, full of vibrant plant life and sweet scents and smells. Luckily, San Francisco is near two well-known public gardens that can be enjoyed by any resident of the city.

San Francisco Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Located at 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way, this is the most well-known of botanical gardens in San Francisco, and it is situated in the heart of Golden Gate Park. The gardens open every day of the year at 9 a.m. and close at varying times depending on the seasons. Here, 55 acres of land contain over 8,000 plant species from around the world, including some that are no longer found in their native climates. Tours are offered every day.

University of California Berkeley Botanical Gardens

Residents of San Francisco can simply drive across the Bay Bridge to Berkeley to enjoy the expansive public gardens at the University of California campus there. 9,670 species of plant life from across the globe are featured in one of the largest collections in the United States.

Tilden Park Botanical Gardens
Also in Berkley is the Regional Parks Botanical Garden, located in Tilden Park. This 10-acre garden hosts a wealth of diverse flora, including some of the state's rare and endangered flowers, trees, shrubs, bushes and grasses. If you love plant life, you can volunteer at the Garden. Volunteer duties range from leading tours around the garden and caring for the many different plants. Tilden Park also hosts a number of special events and classes. Take a look at their latest summer offerings on the official website.