Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco Botanical Gardens at Strybing arboretum’

Budget and Legislative Analyst Harvey M. Rose Calls Revenue Forecasts at Strybing Arboretum “Highly Optimistic”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

SF Crime Examiner Thomas Pendergrast has pretty much all you need to know about the plan to make permanent the access fees at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

And looky here, here’s a pdf from Budget and Legislative Analyst  Harvey M. Rose, CPA:


Ouch, that’s got to hurt.

When an accountant calls your forecasts “highly optimistic,” what’s he really saying?

Oh well.

I guess the BOS will soon vote to make the temporary boycott of the San Francisco Botanical Garden a permanent boycott.

Oh well.

As seen last Saturday:

Oh, and look what else is coming up:

“Thursday, April 7, 2011
2:00 p.m.
City Hall, Room 416
Discussion and possible action to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve an ordinance amending Park Code Article 12 authorizing the Commission to discount admission fees for the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden as part of a Golden Gate Park Access Pass. (ACTION ITEM) Staff: Brent Dennis.

Hey. what’s a GOLDEN GATE PARK ACCESS PASS? We’ll find out soon enough…

Oh well….

Arboretum Fees Don’t Even Pay the Bills

Keep the Arboretum Free

Keep the Strybing Arboretum (Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park) Free!

Debate Over the Garden Fee

Admission Fee Protest at Strybing Arboretum: A Large Crowd Gathered at the Main Gate of the Botanical Garden Today

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Let’s call it a crowd of 150 today that gathered at the Main Gate of Strybing Arboretum to protest the permanent imposition of admission fees.

See it for yourself – you can catch Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi offering his thoughts:

Quintin Mecke was on hand representing Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s office and somebody else spoke for Supervisor John Avalos. Noticed Aaron Peskin in the audience as well.

All the while, there was absolutely nobody on or near the Main Lawn just inside the admission gate. Presenting your empty Strybing Arboretum:

Click to expand

But that’s the way the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society likes it.

You see, they love plants but they hate people.

Oh well.

Arboretum Fees Don’t Even Pay the Bills

Keep the Arboretum Free

Keep the Strybing Arboretum (Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park) Free!

Debate Over the Garden Fee


What Happened to the Fences at Strybing Arboretum?

Monday, December 1st, 2008

This is the scene at the western end of popular San Francisco Botanical Gardens at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. Officially, we only have the Main Gate and the Friend Gate for people to get in, but these days there are a few areas of squashed cyclone fence that function as open gates.

From an area near the Children’s Garden. Click to expand:  

Should “Thou Shalt Not Enter But Through Designated Entrances” be added to the Ten Commandments of Strybing?

Of course it could be that recent pruning has revealed fence holes that have been there a while, and it would be impossible to keep determined people out of the gardens at night anyway. But a solid foundation would seem to be called for here when repairs are made.

The people at the Botanical Gardens have a great 2009 shaping up anyway it looks like, with the “Echoes of Darwin” watercolor exhibit starting up next year. See details below. It’s all a part of Strybing’s involvement with mysterious Evolve2009, which is also sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and the California Academy of Sciences.

You’ll find out more about Evolve 2009 once they get the website at (how cheeky!) fully operational. Here’s a preview:

Five Misconceptions about Evolution 

Evolution is a Fact and a Theory

God and Evolution: Can you accept both?

(Nothing controversial or anything!) 

Here are the details of the watercolor show, and check out the December 2008 schedule for Strybing after the jump.

See you there! Keep a lookout for the geese, and the foxes, and the quail, and the…

What: “Echoes of Darwin” an exhibition of watercolors by the San Francisco Botanical Garden Masterclass Artists 

When: The exhibit is open to the public January 2 through March 31, 2009
            Library Hours: 10am-4pm, Open Daily

           Artists’ Reception celebrating Darwin’s 200th Birthday:
             5-7pm, Thursday, February 12, 2009
Where: Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture
               San Francisco Botanical Garden At Strybing Arboretum
               Golden Gate Park
                9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco