Lively up yourself, Mon.
(I suppose that Strybing has a new name these days, but I don’t approve of the change (and also the new paywall – up to $8 per capita these days), so oh well. Hey, is Strybing for People Who Visit or is it a vehicle for some garden “society” to, somehow, attain “world class” status – that’s the choice, it seems.)
I ‘member when just a few geese would hang out in GGP year ’round, back in the 90’s. Well, that was then and this is now:
Now IDK if numbers are up over the past decade or so, but what I’ve never seen is goose poop all over the Great Fountain. I expect to see poo on the lawns, but not up here, is what I’m saying.
In the words of one tourist, “Eight bucks for this?”
This little critter startled me the other day, as it’s in the same bush where I saw a roof rat a few weeks back.
Dese boids generally have an all-carbs diet, but sometimes they need a little protein. This the last thing some spiders see:
Sort of looks like a bat to me.
But now it’s time for costumes. This little feller’s mantle is saying, “Hey ladies, look at me!”
(Hey, you know, speaking of scary, area Republican Ron Conway, through his interest in Pinterest, has made more money off of this shot than I have. Taken more than a decade ago with a $4500 camera and $4500 worth of glass it was. I’m in the wrong “business.”)
Price for admission at all these places was $7 in 2014, but now in 2015 it’s $8? News to me.
I suppose Rec & Park doesn’t make a big deal about raising prices, or maybe they did and I just missed it. IDK.
All the deets:
Strybing Arboretum, aka San Francisco Botanical Garden
Is there anything wrong with leaving the Golden State Warriors in Oakland?
Anyway, here’s the scene in Golden Gate Park – I can’t imagine this arboreal/sports clothing line program “makes money” for our City Family, but rich like having fun too, and this is one way for them to do it:
What’s next, “Let’s Grow Niners?”
Let’s see here, it’s been 75 years since we got a botanical garden up and running, thanks to Helene Strybing? OK, then let the party begin. But first, here’s a little background on the toll gates that went up (“temporarily” – IRL permanently, but oh well) a few years back, along with a few other issues:
The big question is whether Strybing is for:
The answer lately is that Strybing is not for people, but it is for trees, or tree people, anyway. But isn’t it sad how few people venture pass the toll gates and the minimum wage-ish toll takers these days?
And then when the Society actually wants people to come, to an anniversary party, NO ADMITTANCE FEE REQUIRED, people stay away anyway, well, isn’t that kind of sad?
Here it is from the Friend Gate on the busiest day Strybing has seen in years:
The bulk of the crowd was in the Great Meadow:
Very bored bartenders. Just one would have sufficed, prolly.
Were there more performers, bartenders, security guards, Strybing Society leaders, Phil Ginsburgses, Strybing gardeners, bored food truck cooks simply walking around at 12:30PM, and Task Rabbits than Actual Visitors yesterday? I know not.
But hey look, PERFORMANCE ART!
I’ve never seen a Rec and Park event with sufficient garbage cans and port-a-pottys like this one, in all my quarter century in the 415. The toilets had no smell – they were unused. Imagine that!
And look at all the bikes parked at expensive, SFGov-mandated(?) SFBC-approved “valet” bicycle parking:
Oh, here are the bikes, self-parked where you’d expect them. So what’s the valet for? Were you expecting a lot of people?
Why don’t we simply sell Strybing to the people who want to run Strybing? That way, tax and fee payers would save a lot of money and then the Tree Society people could be even more unfettered – a win-win, IMO.
Anyway, if you alienate the Public, don’t be surprised if they no-show your big birthday party, even if you paid a lot of money for it and you opened the tolls gates to allow FREE ADMITTANCE.
First is was all like this, in early April 2015 across the street from Friend Gate of the Strybing Arboretum (which used to be popular until the $7 paywall went up):
These people were optimistically setting up in the rain. But then, weather started “improving” – the rain stopped and the fog came back and you could actually see Sutro Tower a little bit:
And then, when you pass by again, it’s a full-on party under El Sol:
Right? After all, these blossoms aren’t going to watch themselves.
See you next year!
Of course, you gotta have rules:
Strybing used to be free but now there’s a paywall, except the place still takes up our tax money, which doesn’t really make sense.
The crew that runs this place wants the former Strybing to be a “world-class” facility, whatever that means.
The crew that runs this place likes plants but not people, cause people cause problems.
Which is fine, they want to have a paywall, but why are we still supporting this place, I don’t get it.
So I see this tree in Golden Gate Park and I’m like, “What is you? Is you a tree?”
If you want your own Cedrus libani Pendula, just cut up a Christmas tree and throw all the branches in a pile, cause that’s pretty much what this bush thing looks like:
“A spectacular large shrub featuring beautiful dense horizontal and weeping branching with stunning bright green new foliage; ideal for form and texture in the shrub garden and worth seeking out”