San Francisco Botanical Gardens 

9,000 different plants from all over the world at San Francisco Botanical Gardens take you on a journey across the globe. You can’t just look in one direction ahead! Looking up magnolias, redwoods, looking down camellias, herbs, moss. Each twist and turn of the paths takes you almost if there’s no one around a secret garden on the other side of the world. Or down the road in the California garden!

We had enough of the city, wanting some fresh air when we visited San Francisco earlier this year. The botanical gardens and Japanese Tea Garden were a few places on our list of places to go thinking they’re in the same garden. The Japanese Tea Garden is in the same park, Golden Gate Park but not in the same garden if that makes sense. Golden Gate Park while it looks close to the centre or downtown San Francisco isn’t. For some reason looking at the map of San Fransisco bay area I thought it was like a European town with everything more of less in walking or a metro distance. Err, no! You need a car to get around, unless you want to do multiple buses, taxis or Uber. A car worked out cheaper than Uber. We stayed just outside San Francisco in Belmont, Redwood Shores and I think the garden was a 40 minute drive away. We’d thought we’d have enough time to do both however the botanical gardens were bigger than we’d expected. By the time we’d left (after a who’s right which way back to the entrance! I think we both compromised and worked it out) it was 16.30 winter closing hours.

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We could have easily have spent more time in the gardens. It’s split into Californian indigenous plants within their own geographic location and into South America, Asia Africa and Europe. The Mediterranean Garden features native Californian plants along side plants from South-western Australia, Chile and South Africa all grouped within their own geographical location. The Mild Temperate Climate features plants from Eastern Australia, New Zealand and a Japanese Moon Continue reading “San Francisco Botanical Gardens “

I know Places They Don’t Know: Jardins del Viver de Can Borni

I’m beginning to think I’m starting to turn into my Dad and actively seek out quiet places to stop and breath for a moment. In the city, there are a few hidden places where for a moment you can catch quietness. On our run explore though Parc Collersola last Sunday, I think we stumbled across the ultimate secret garden: Jardins del Viver de Can Borni. Nestled in the park, it’s ironically located a 25 minute walk (15 minute run with those hills) from the tackiest, most bizarre amusement park, Tibidabo.

We had about 5km to go, but I think we both secretly welcomed a little break from running up hills, paused our run trackers and curiosity got the better of me. P wanted to continue running, but I said it looks small and thought when am I ever going to get the opportunity to visit it again or even find it again! I’m glad we stopped to explore as for a moment it was like stepping into a fairy tale. Originally a nursery supplying plants to the parks and gardens of Barcelona, resorted in 2006, it’s now a public garden once featured in the International Exhibition of 1929. It’s name Can Borni (housed eye) is taken from the old farmhouse still in the garden. Though it looked more like a shed. Just saying.

Filled with cherry blossom, springy grass, bee hives and a cascading, stepped waterway, I’ll let the photos work the park’s magic. IMG_7602


Jardins del viver de Can born

Jardins del viver de Can borni

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Do you find stillness in hustle or bustle or crave the sound of silence or just being able to listen the birds sing without the sound of cars?