SF Botanical Garden trees downed in recent storm

This week’s storms downed three large trees in the San Francisco Botanical Garden, park officials confirmed Friday, with other trees heavily damaged which may need to be removed.

One other leaning tree was also removed by the Recreation and Parks Department as it threatened to fall on a ticket kiosk, and another tree lost its top and “will likely need to be removed,” a Rec and Park spokesperson said in a statement.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts collections of plants and trees from Australia, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and more. It’s a premiere site for tourists and locals alike. But just like the trees that line San Francisco’s streets, some took a beating in this week’s rough weather.

Of the fallen trees, one mature cypress fell on two Dawn Redwoods. Those redwoods were “substantially damaged” and their branches stripped, though their trunks are intact.

The department will “likely just leave them as they are,” they said.

Most of the work to restore damage to the botanical garden was taken care of by Rec and Park’s “Urban Forest” crew, but the cost in damages is still being determined and is expected to be tallied next week.

The garden sent a note to its volunteers, noting that some of the pathways have been blocked by the fallen debris. It also is asking anyone leading a tour over the next few weeks, to come early and walk the planned route to make sure that it is unobstructed. It also asks that visitors not climb on the downed trees.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society accepts donations online at http://sfbg.org/donate to help maintain the park.


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