Newsom supports fee for Botanical Gardens 

Mayor Gavin Newsom says he begrudgingly supports charging nonresidents a fee to enter San Francisco’s Botanical Gardens. His reluctance to support this legislation, which is being considered by the Board of Supervisors today, has much to do with the fact that his grandfather has a garden located at the Botanical Gardens.

Under the legislation, the cost to enter the garden would remain free for residents, but non-residents would pay. Adults would pay $7, youth and seniors $5 and children aged 5-11 would pay $2.

“I am very biased. I have an inherent conflict of interest,” Newsom told reporters. “Last year I was opposed to it because I thought we could find other alternatives, but this year they convinced me that the long-term vibrancy and the long-term health of the botanical gardens requires a different appropriation plan.”

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