One of San Francisco’s most breathtaking natural marvels, the annual bloom of nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias with trees reaching 80 feet, is typically at its peak from mid-January through March at the SF Botanical Garden.
2019 Update: First Blooms are Here! Peak in Early Feb – As of February 7, more and more Magnolias are blooming every day. With above average temps and no rain, this should make for an epic Magnolia season. Check Facebook for updates.
Velvety silver buds on the often bare branches of these elegant trees, many rare and historic, open into dazzling pink, magenta, and white flowers, filling the wintery garden with dramatic splashes of color and sweetly fragrant scents.
Are the magnolias blooming right now? Please note that weather may affect the blooms and at the beginning or end of the season, there may be fewer blooms than expected.
> Magnolia Tip: Always check the SF Botanical Gardens on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter before heading out for the latest updates on how things are blooming.
– FREE for SF residents with proof of ID – FREE daily from 7:30-9 am
– FREE all day on second Tuesdays of the month – $9 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors, Families & Children
Annual Magnolia Plant Sale
Saturday, March 2: Magnolias & Companion Plants
From 10 am-2 pm in the Entry Garden near the Main Gate and Bookstore
Visitors to the garden can pick up a free Magnolia Highlights Map at the visitor services kiosk to help you tour and identify the highlights of their collection. The map corresponds to pink identification signs that will be placed throughout the Garden.
San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to the most significant magnolia collection for conservation purposes outside China, where the majority of species originated. Its current collection includes 51 species and 33 cultivars including many prized examples from Asia.
Enjoy a stroll through the SF Botanical Gardens on Valentine’s Day to see the peak of the annual Magnolia Bloom. Admission is free for SF residents (with proof of residency). Free guided tours at 1:30pm at the main gate, or use a map for a self-guided stroll and have a romantic picnic on the grounds.
Last Entry to the gardens is 5 pm (and the gardens close at 6 pm)
*San Francisco Residents: Free with proof of residency. Non-residents: $9 general, $6 youth 12-17 & seniors; $2 children 5-11; children 4 and under free; families of 2 adults and one or more child pay just $19. The Garden is free daily from 7:30-9 am.