Thursday March 27, 5:30-7:30pm
Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience an after hours twilight cocktail party. Enjoy cocktails garnished with magnolia petals in a relaxing secluded garden. Nibble on cheeses and Wander through the lovely hidden nooks of the Exhibition Garden, or stroll up to Heidelberg Hill and gaze at the moon. Learn more from our docents about the Garden's magnificent magnolias.
More about the Magnolia Collection
San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to the most significant magnolia collection for conservation purposes outside of China*, where the majority of species grow. Long considered the signature flower of the Garden, nearly 100 magnolias, many rare and historic, erupt in a fragrant riot of pink and white from mid-January through March. Our 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.
Photo by Andrew Sieving