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Photo Essay: Boys’ varsity tennis sweeps Archie Williams in MCAL semifinals
Photo Essay: Boys’ varsity tennis sweeps Archie Williams in MCAL semifinals
Molly Gallagher April 18, 2024

On Wednesday, April 17, the boys’ varsity tennis team dominated their match against Archie Williams in the semi-finals of the Marin County...

Photo Essay: Girls’ varsity lacrosse dominates Branson in a sentimental senior day matchup
Photo Essay: Girls’ varsity lacrosse dominates Branson in a sentimental senior day matchup
Emma Rosenberg and Penelope Trott April 18, 2024

On April 18, the girls’ varsity lacrosse team battled against the Branson Bulls in a blowout senior day matchup. Prior to the start of...

 embracing his coach senior Auden Braden celebrates his final MCAL regular season game
Boys’ volleyball dominates Marin Catholic on Senior Night
Richard Byrne April 18, 2024

On April 17th, the boys’ varsity volleyball team faced off against Marin Catholic (MC) in a Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) game. The...

Plant your curiosity in Golden Gate Park

As the spring season approaches, let’s slow down and appreciate the one-of-a-kind nature that surrounds us. Nestled within the bustling streets of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park’s beautiful gardens offer a unique sanctuary. Originally built upon sand dunes in 1870, the park now offers a plethora of both free and ticketed gardens,, such as the Conservatory of Flowers, Botanical Gardens and the Rhododendron Gardens. 

 

Conservatory of Flowers

Originally built in 1878 using wood and glass, the Conservatory of Flowers is the oldest building in Golden Gate Park, and the oldest public conservatory in the United States. Viewers are granted access inside once they purchase entry tickets, which are priced at $8 for youth (ages 12-17) and $15 for adults (18+). Once inside, viewers are immersed in an environment packed with tropical plants from South America, Asia and Africa. With humidifiers, pre-recorded sounds of a jungle, and breathtaking and rare plant species, one can’t help but feel transported into a tropical habitat. If you aren’t in the mood to spend money on a ticket, the Conservatory also plants flowers and shrubs along the exterior of the building. 

 

Tree Fern Dell

Inspired by prehistoric vegetation, this shaded outdoor garden holds many plant species. Most notable are are the Tasmanian tree ferns, which are native to New Zealand and have fossil records dating back millions of years. The Tree Fern Dell is located across from the Conservatory of Flowers and offers minimal foliage compared to the colorful blooms in the Park’s surrounding gardens. This free and public garden free and public garden is a must-see spot when exploring Golden Gate Park.

 

Rhododendron Dell 

            This Rhododendron garden is a 20-acre site located in the center of Golden Gate Park. Built to honor the life of expert plant cultivator John Mclaren, the garden holds 850 types of rhododendrons, his favorite flower. From enjoying a brisk walk along many intricate paths or stopping at one of the benches to observe the varieties of this stunning flower, this free and public garden is the perfect spot. Those wishing to experience the rhododendron in bloom should wait until spring to visit. 

 

           While Golden Gate Park holds many attractions, its gardens are unique and often overlooked. They provide a tranquil oasis and provide a tranquil oasis and give viewers a glimpse into the wonders of the natural world. Make sure not to miss out on this amazing and affordable attraction the next time you find yourself out and about in San Francisco!

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Linnea Koblik
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Linnea Koblik is a junior at Redwood High School and the multimedia designer for the Bark. She loves baking, ballet and spending time with friends.