Magnificent Magnolias at San Francisco Botanical Garden

During the grayest days of winter, nature stages a one-of-a-kind blooming disruption every year at the San Francisco Botanical Garden as nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias defy the gloom and erupt into a riot of pink and white blossoms.

Don’t miss the blooming magnolias at San Francisco Botanical Garden. It's a seasonal spectacle.  Photo: Kathryn Rummel

Don’t miss the blooming magnolias at San Francisco Botanical Garden. It’s a seasonal spectacle. Photo: Kathryn Rummel

Velvety silver buds on the often bare branches of these elegant trees open into saucer-sized, vibrant flowers, filling the wintery Garden with dramatic splashes of color and sweetly fragrant scents. The breathtaking annual floral spectacle, with trees reaching 80 feet, is at its peak from mid-January through March. Visitors to the Garden can take advantage of complimentary Magnolia Walk maps, docent-led tours, special signage, and more, as well as unique classes and activities to celebrate and learn more about these magnificent magnolias.

Magnolia campbellii  Photo: Tom Karlo

Magnolia campbellii Photo: Tom Karlo

San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to one of the world’s greatest magnolia collections. It is the most significant for conservation purposes outside China, where the majority of species originated. The Garden’s current collection includes 51 species and 33 cultivars, including many prized examples from Asia.