March 25 7-9pm
Meet at the Main Gate.
Check-in begins at 6:30PM.
Event starts at 7:00 PM.
Last Entry at 7:10.
[This tour takes place in our unlit Garden, and for safety reasons we cannot accommodate late arrivals. There is no way to join the tour once it has left the gate]
Roam the moonlit paths of the Garden, marveling at the magnolia blossoms overhead, reflecting on the silvery moon and taking in their lovely fragrance. You will be guided by a San Francisco Botanical Garden naturalist to the Moon Viewing Pond where you will enjoy hot, aromatic tea and home-made cookies. Bring a flashlight. Heavy rain cancels.
You must register online in advance to attend. Rain cancels.
About the Magnolia Collection
San Francisco Botanical Garden's magnolia collection includes 51 species and 33 cultivars, including many prized examples from Asia. This unique and long-standing collection began in 1939 with Eric Walther, who planted the very first magnolia in the Garden and continued to introduce species and cultivars throughout his tenure as the first Garden Director. One of the most famous species he planted was the cup and saucer magnolia or Magnolia campbellii, the first of its kind to bloom in the United States in 1940, attracting huge crowds of excited and curious visitors who stood in long lines to see the magnificent large pink blossoms of this lovely magnolia that still stands in the Garden today. More than a dozen other M. campbellii can now also be found throughout the Garden.