San Francisco Botanical Garden

I went to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park today with my mom.  It’s free for SF residents (a price I can totally get behind), and discounted for seniors and families.  They have 8,500 different plants from around the world, and apparently something is always in bloom.  Some of the eye catching things were the spiral aloe, a tree that looked like a flaky croissant, a bamboo forest, and calla lilies that were taller than me (not pictured).  It’s definitely a maze worth getting lost in!

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© Sarah Milstein 2018

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Japanese Garden, Buenos Aires, Argentina

We went to the Japanese Garden in Palermo (a neighborhood that seems to be larger than San Francisco), with the hopes of having a picnic, but apparently that’s not allowed.  Even though the garden was bustling with small children and tourists, I somehow managed to take a photo of the bridge without any tourists on it.

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© Sarah Milstein 2016

Filoli Gardens, Woodside

I finally made it to the Filoli Gardens, which are about 25-miles south of San Francisco in Woodside, California.  From the outside, the house looks like a villa in Europe, and the grounds are equally beautiful.  Most of the fruit trees are in full bloom, and Spanish moss flows from some of the others.  As you leave the visitors’ entrance, you walk through a field of dandelions, which abuts the house.  I’ve never seen so many tulips — and such large ones at that!  The tulips are seasonal, and definitely worth making the trip for.  Although it seems like the absolute perfect place for a picnic, you’re not allowed to bring food on the grounds, because apparently when they close the gates at 3 every day, the mountain lions and deer come out to play, and keeping them at bay becomes more difficult with food around.

© Sarah Milstein 2015

My Mom’s Backyard, Sacramento

Today, I helped my mom harvest some plumbs from her backyard with a fruit picker basket.  Only one plumb landed on my head and about 5 hit the ground–perhaps my future does not lie in being a farmer.  We weighed the loot and collected 5.2 pounds.  The tree is still stocked, and she has already picked over 50 pounds.  I think they are the best plumbs on the planet.  (So are her tomatoes.)