Appreciating San Francisco’s Official Flower

by Young Victorians

While my boyfriend, Ari, was in town for a week, we spent a lovely afternoon admiring the Dahlia Garden in the Golden Gate Park, which is now in bloom. The garden is easy to miss, as its tucked away to the east of the Conservatory of Flowers. The Dahlia Dell itself is quite small, but the diversity of dahlias coloring this space more than make up for its modest size. After all, the dahlia is the official flower of San Francisco. On Oct. 4, 1926, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution declaring that because of its versatility, beauty and infinite variety of color and form, “it is the very symbol of San Francisco life and of the spirit of her people.” The resolution includes some delightfully flowery language comparing dahlias to “sophisticated world travelers” like those who return to San Francisco.


(photos courtesy of my handsome boyfriend)