The Garden Landscape Guide

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park was designed by William Hammond Hall. He become park commissioner in 1871 and was followed by John McLaren in 1887. McLaren had served apprenticeship to a landscape gardener in Scotland and spent 50 years working on Golden Gate Park. His office, McLaren Lodge, is a Moorish-Gothic style building. It is still the HQ of the Recreation and Parks Department and serves as a monument to McLaren's design philosophy: he favoured the Mixed Style. The Japanese Tea Garden began as the Japanese Village in the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, or World's Fair. McLaren was approached by Makoto Hagiwara, a Japanese landscape designer, who suggested making the feature permanent and adding a garden. It was maintained by his family from 1895 to 1942 (when they were moved to a concentration camp). Golden Gate Park also has a Dutch windmill, a conservatory, carpet bedding, an arboretum and a botanical garden. A fine example of a European mark transported to the west coast of the New World, the park attracts 75,000 visitors on an average weekend.

Fell Street, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA, CA 94117

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Golden Gate Park, California Photograph © Karl Gercens
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Photograph © Karl Gercens
Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park Photograph © Bernhard Eckert
Japanese Tea Garden, California Photograph © Bernhard Eckert
Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco Photograph © Bernhard Eckert