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for the glowing review! "Go ask Alice ... where all the best vineyard gardens are. She's an erudite charmer; you'll have fun!"

Botanical Gardens

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers: Glorious, Historic Greenhouse

Potted Plants Gallery © Alice Joyce

A detailed restoration true to the roots of its historic architecture sets apart the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, a glorious structure standing as the country’s oldest public glass and wood greenhouse. You’ll doubtless find it easy to spend hours roaming through the Lowland Tropics and Highland Tropics rooms teeming with rarities both towering and tiny. Tropical specimens in the moist environs of the lowland gallery include a 100 year-old philodendron and ‘economic’ plants

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San Francisco

San Francisco Welcomes .. the Garden Bloggers Fling!

SanFrancisco Tiled Steps Photo © Alice Joyce

The Garden Bloggers are coming to town!

After the bloggers have visited a trove of the Bay Area’s great gardens, all lined up in a stellar itinerary that includes Filoli to the iconic landscape of the Ruth Bancroft Garden and The Wave Garden,

Wave Garden Vista View © Alice Joyce

… there are a few more special settings the bloggers might consider

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San Francisco

San Francisco Mosaic Tiled Steps

SanFrancisco Tiled Steps Photo © Alice Joyce

A community effort to beautify a neighborhood has turned into a popular tourist attraction in San Francisco. There were quite a few shutterbugs from distant lands snapping away on the day I visited. You’ll find the project at 16th and Moraga ~ the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood, which to a non-San Franciscan (c’est moi!) appears to be on the edge of the Inner/Outer Sunset as defined by the 19th Avenue boundary line. The design emerges on the step risers, revealed in the photos taken when I was walking up the steps.

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