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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Magnolias Are Blooming at the Botanical Garden!

The Magnolias Are Blooming at the Botanical Garden!

With the caveat that 72-degrees-and-sunny is hardly what a stil-parched California needs in early February, it sure is nice! If you were expecting endless storms off the Pacific this month, you should press your luck and check out San…
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Calendar, Night&Day Shhh


When you live in a bustling metropolis, even one as eco-friendly as San Francisco, the magic of seclusion and returning to the tranquility of nature, resonate deeply. This wonder, entombed in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel The Secret Garden, is the…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Place to Stop and Smell the Lavender

Our favorite flora pleases us on two simultaneous levels (visual and aromatic), which is what makes the Botanical Garden's Garden of Fragrance so captivating. Visually, it's one of Golden Gate Park's most attractive little nooks, a sun-dappled hideaway of winding…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Five Best Picnic Spots

By Matthew Stafford Between the temperate climate, impressive acreage of urban parkland, and global reputation for good eating, San Francisco may be the best city in the country for hamper-packing, blanket-spreading, and al fresco chicken-chomping. Here are some of our…
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Calendar, Night&Day Old MacDonald Had an Apartment House

Old MacDonald Had an Apartment House

The term "hanging bag" evokes a number of images. For us, at least. "Window box" is less colorful, but surprisingly, it can mean almost the same thing: People grow food in both. Horticulturist and former Strybing Arboretum honcho Fred Bove…
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News, Sucka Free City

The S.F. Botanical Garden's wish list

The Recreation and Parks Department has unveiled a plan to charge for admittance to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in order to raise money to turn the facility into a "world-class" tourist destination. How will the garden change under the…
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News, The Snitch Who Would Possibly Complain About San Francisco's Lovely Weather? Our Plants -- If They Could

Who Would Possibly Complain About San Francisco's Lovely Weather? Our Plants -- If They Could

"If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." -- Jack HandeyNo, Virginia, plants cannot talk. But, if they could, San Francisco's would ape…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors You Grow, Girl

You Grow, Girl

SAT 4/30 Every spring, greenhorns concoct big plans to transform their urban fire escapes into garden oases -- and then proceed to sleep in every weekend. That's why we recommend that you budding horticulturists make a beeline for the San…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Get Crabs

Get Crabs

SAT 12/18 What with shopping, traveling, and family, we all can get a little crabby around the holidays. But there is one party where being crabby isn't only accepted, it's celebrated: the Red and White Fleet's "Crab Feed Cruise." Once…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Unless you're some kind of sick, joyless freak (or a sad allergic person) you no doubt enjoy chocolate's sensory pleasures: sniffing it, eating it, watching it magically transform regular people into slack-jawed sybarites in the midst…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Posh Folks Exposed

Posh Folks Exposed

SAT 5/8 So maybe spring doesn't unfold as vibrantly and colorfully as we'd like here in the concrete jungle. But some San Franciscans are lucky (and loaded) enough to have created their own oases right in the city's paved and…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Dismembered Piece of Hearst Legacy

No, we're not talking about the stranger-than-fiction final days of the Examiner. To see the most tragic bit of old Hearst wreckage it's necessary to take a walk in Golden Gate Park, where, at the main entrance to the Strybing…
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