Flower Power in San Francisco

Time for spring flowers. Do you know the where the 1960s phrase “Flower Power” came from? Poet Allen Ginsberg coined it in 1965 in an essay calling for protestors to de-escalate anti-war confrontations by handing out flowers as symbols of peace and love.

San Francisco was identified as the capitol of Flower Power once Scott McKenzie told folks coming to the City in 1967, “Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” Lots of people know McKenzie’s San Francisco anthem. But do you know about the Flower Pot Men singing, “Let’s Go to San Francisco” in 1967? Here is the British group singing their San Francisco song:

The name Flower Pot Men came from a British children’s television show and took on new meaning in the 1960s. The concept of Flower Power was combined with the kind of pot people smoked rather than the pot that held flowers. The song became a Top 20 hit in the United Kingdom. This was the only hit these the four singers had as a team.

Flower Power lives on in our vocabulary and in our historic Golden Gate Park. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is officially described as, “a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.” You can visit for a small fee, become a member to attend special events, and even take home plants cultivated there.
All of the information is on the Web site.


Here is an ode to spring, a short tour of the gardens where Flower Power is still reigns supreme:

Best wishes,