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SF Botanical Garden's Native Wildflower Meadow Explodes

I love it when a reader writes in to Broke Ass Stuart with a tip and thus does my entire job for me.  Solid work ethic! So, many heartfelt thanks to Lisa, who sent us this:

Wildflower season!!!

“The wildflowers go off in April and this year promises to be one of the best.  Don’t spend gas money driving miles to see the wildflowers—they’re in Golden Gate Park for FREE. California boasts close to 6,000 native plants, more than all the other states combined!  In fact, California was named one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots on the planet—places with the highest concentrations of plant life on earth. You’ll see some of our state’s most beautiful natives at our garden.”

If you’re anything like me, and love spring blossoms but have terrible spring allergies, it’ll be like a little outing to a beautiful, colorful, flower-filled, hell. What better, more lasting souvenir, than countless hours of sneezing and itchy, watery eyes?

San Francisco Botanical Garden @ Strybing Arboretum
9th Avenue @ Lincoln Way [Golden Gate Park]
Open 365 days/year
Weekdays: 8am-4:30pm
Weekends/Holidays: 10am-5pm
FREE

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Chloe's youth was split between California and Kauai, frolicking on a macadamia nut farm in the tropics and landing finally in the Bay Area. Raised by super-Jew hippies, and the youngest of three sisters, Chloe learned early the virtues of thrift, economy, and green living. To the chagrin of her parents (who hoped, of course, for a Jewish doctor or lawyer), Chloe has put her degree from UC Berkeley to great use by becoming a folk singer. As "Chloe Makes Music" she plays shows throughout SF and beyond, donning vintage frocks, selling handmade merch, and pinching pennies as she sings for her supper. Calling Berkeley home for the last six years, you can think of Chloe as the website's East Bay Correspondent, opening your eyes to the hippie-filled, tree-hugging, organic-loving, vegan-eating, but way-overlooked and awesome assets of Berkeley, Oakland, and beyond.