Tree Fern Dell

Giant Gunnera and Tree Ferns

There’s a cool little stretch in Golden Gate Park called Tree Fern Dell, across the street from the Conservatory of Flowers. It’s filled with Australian tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctica) and Giant gunnera (Gunnera manicata) and a nice mix of plants I’d imagine in a dinosaur garden. Definitely one of my favorite spots in the park when the gunnera is in full force.

Foxy fuchsia

Back in the good old days (pre-1980′s) before the fuchsia gall mite arrived, I’ve heard that fuchsias were even more abundant in the Bay Area. There are some mite resistant varieties out there. Fuchsia loves the weather in SF.

More jungle fun

According to a dude named Donovan Tree Fern Dell  was, “Used in the final scene of Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, where Spock’s coffin landed on the Genesis Planet.”

Bear's Breeches (Acanthus mollis)

Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis)

Another water lover.  Matti has a cutting that lives (sadly) in a pot. I won’t let him put it in the ground fearing we’ll never be able to get rid of it. The snails seem to love it too.

Australian tree fern

According to Donovan, some of these tree ferns date all the way back to 1898.


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