Posts Tagged ‘strybing’

Boy, Our SF “City Family” is Really Counting on Stealing the Oakland Warriors from Oakland – “LET’S GROW WARRIORS?”

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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:

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What’s next, “Let’s Grow Niners?”

Low Turnout Mars 75th Anniversary Celebration of Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park

Monday, June 1st, 2015

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:

Antietam at the Arboretum – Public Meeting at Strybing a Kind of Civil War

NY Times: Charging Fees to See the Trees

How the Wealthy Stole 55 Acres of Golden Gate Park

The big question is whether Strybing is for:

People

or

Trees

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:

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The bulk of the crowd was in the Great Meadow:

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Very bored bartenders. Just one would have sufficed, prolly.

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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!

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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!

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And look at all the bikes parked at expensive, SFGov-mandated(?) SFBC-approved “valet” bicycle parking:

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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?

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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.

Cherry Blossom Viewing Picnics Continue on into April Near the Japanese Tea Garden, Rain or Shine

Monday, April 6th, 2015

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):

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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:

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And then, when you pass by again, it’s a full-on party under El Sol:

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Right? After all, these blossoms aren’t going to watch themselves.

See you next year!

A Graffiti Artist Took a Dim View of All the Rules at the Former Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Of course, you gotta have rules:

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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.

Houses of the Holy – What are These Stones from an 800-Year-Old Spanish National Monument Doing in Golden Gate Park?

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The answer is nothing much.

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All the deets here and here and here.

Here’s a stonemason’s mark, the cross you can see in the middle:

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This is sort of kind of what it looked like, back 800 years ago.

These stones shouldn’t just be sitting around Golden Gate Park, but that’s where they’ll stay…

The Only Thing Sadder Than the Street Corner Christmas Trees of January is This Sad-Sack Lebanese Cedar in GGP

Friday, February 6th, 2015

So I see this tree in Golden Gate Park and I’m like, “What is you? Is you a tree?”

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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:

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I’m amazed.

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”

Instead of an Orange-and-Black Hoodie Saying “Go Giants,” How About a Orange-and-Black Hoodie Saying “Grow Giants?”

Monday, June 30th, 2014

As seen at the former Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park:

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And oh yes, rest assured that this pullover was “PRINTED IN THE HAIGHT ASHBURY.”

A mere $45…

This is What the San Francisco Tourist Agency Does with Our Money, Our Tens of Millions

Monday, May 26th, 2014

It sends youthful orange-shirted attractivas with iPads out to approach tourists in Golden Gate Park.

Feigned excitement: “Oh it’s your birthday tomorrow!?”

We can’t afford to operate the Strybing Arboretum without soaking the tourists, but we can afford this?

What’s going on, SFGov. Do you do everything a special interest tells you to do?

Birds vs. Spiders, the Never-Ending Battle: Hummingbird in Alamo Square, Scrub Jay in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Ouch:

And in Golden Gate Park:

And leave us not forget, the Bohemian Club in Union Square.

The Last Fox I Saw in Golden Gate Park – This One was Either Poisoned or Run Over by a Car on Crossover Drive

Monday, July 15th, 2013

At the time, employee(s) / gardeners of the former Strybing Arboretum were feeding this particular critter from cans of dog food they would carry around for the purpose,

Also at the time, poisoned pellets were put out for “vermin.” One theory is that this vixen ate the pellets and died.

Also at the time, there was a report that a fox was run over on nearby Crossover Drive. But of course that could have been a coyote IRL, or it could have been a different fox.

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Anyway, this was the last fox I saw in GGP.