Botanical Garden fee gets green light 

Since it takes 11 gardeners to maintain 8,000 different species of plants at the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park, officials said it’s time to start charging.

The Rec and Park Commission voted to charge non-residents to visit the garden, despite some serious hesitation as the garden has been free for 60 years.

Charging for visits was also a hot topic last year, but it never happened.

However, because of the disproportionate number of gardeners compared to any other park in The City, the commission decided it had to be done to save the flowers and justify spending so much money on one open space.

Hundreds of people signed petitions trying to fend off the charge, but several people during public comment also supported it.

Here’s the scale:

$7 non-resident adults
$5 non-residents seniors
$5 nonresident youth
$2 for non resident children between ages 5-11
Free for children under 4.

There’s also a family rate for $15.

Commissioners will address the fee again in a year.

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