Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico and other parts of the world. It is a day for friends and families to remember those that have died. It takes place November 1 and 2. Some traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. There are also parades and festivals that end at cemeteries in which families pray for the deceased. Desert Botanical Garden honors this holiday with festivities and music. Also on display was Philip Haas’ The Four Seasons – four giant monumental sculptures. Each season is represented by each of the imaginative portraits composed of fruits, vegetables, flowers and related objects.
The Farm is this unique tranquil place at the base of South Mountain that is home to ten acres of pecan trees. It is a popular place to host events and weddings. It is also home to the Morning Glory Cafe, the Farm Kitchen and the Quiessence restaurant. I took my mother to the Farm Kitchen for lunch for her birthday today. They serve up sandwiches, fresh soups, salads and made-from-scratch baked goods in picnic baskets. We had a nice quiet lunch while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
The San Francisco Botanical Garden is 55 acres within Golden Gate Park and consists of over 8,000 different flowers from all over the world. Because of the Bay area’s mild temperatures and wet and dry summers, it provides a climate for many of these unique plants to grow. The botanical garden is dedicated to the conservation of many of these rare flowers. It’s a beautiful park and of course my favorite are the magnificent Magnolias – a pretty flower that is found in China. I was happy to be here during blooming season.
The Japanese Tea Garden is a popular attraction in Golden Gate Park. Originally created for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the site originally spanned about one acre and showcased a Japanese style garden. Today it features an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, a zen garden and cherry blossom trees that bloom in March and April.
Golden Gate Park is a 1,017 acre rectangular urban park located in San Francisco, CA. In addition to a variety of trees, flowers and plants, Golden Gate Park is home to many attractions. The Music Concourse, De Young Museum, Academy of Science, Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, Botanical Garden, Stow Lake, Polo Fields & Windmills and many more all make up the Park. Golden Gate Park is the fifth most visited park in the U.S. and has been seen in many films.