Strybing Arboretum

Dave and I decided to welcome the new year with a visit to Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. The Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum has thousands of varieties of plants from all over the world. We didn’t see any orchids, but we enjoyed some of the other sites of the park.

First, there’s a beautiful Princess Flower against a background of ferns. In the middle, this great Heather shrub is a South African native. On the right, a large bromeliad sports a bright red bloom.

Princess Flower and fern in Golden Gate ParkHeather flowers at Golden Gate ParkBromeliad flower at Golden Gate Park

I don’t know what this flower is on the left, but I loved the shape and structure. The aloe in the middle is another fascinating South African native, with a hypnotic spiral growth pattern. On the right, a bed of ferns adorns the base of the new de Young Museum.

Flower at Golden Gate ParkAloe at Golden Gate ParkFerns at the DeYoung in Golden Gate Park

A young boy walking near us at a pond thought this was an evil red-eyed duck. I’m not very good at identifying birds, but I think it’s a coot. It could still be evil, though. On the right, 2 park residents warm up in the winter sun.

Coot at Golden Gate ParkTurtles at Golden Gate Park

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2 Comments on “Strybing Arboretum”

  1. Hanley Says:

    Thanks for the beautifull pictures. I have always wanted to visit San Francisco and see Golden Gate Park. I didn’t even know there was botanical garden there. Now I have even more reason to visit.

  2. nancy Says:

    that coot really looks evil to me