Magnolias are in bloom throughout the Bay Area. Head to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park to see one of the most important collections outside China in all its glory now through mid-March during the “Magnificent Magnolias” celebration. Some highlights:
— Self-guided tours of the magnolia collection. Download the maps at www.sfbotanicalgar den.org or pick up a copy at the ticket kiosk.
— Guided tours with curator Don Mahoney, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 16 and docent Dr. Joseph Barbaccia, 1-3 p.m. March 3. $15, tickets available at www. sfbotanicalgarden.org.
— Magnolias by Moonlight Walk, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 25, March 25. Yes, it’s a full moon. Register by calling (415) 661-1316, Ext. 400. Rain cancels. $15 payable at the start of the walk.
— Drawing Magnolias, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 21. Pencil-drawing class with botanical artist Nina Antze. $90. San Francisco County Fair Building. (415) 661-1316, Ext. 412.
The garden is at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln in San Francisco. (From SFGate.com)