Beatrice Bowles

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Harmony Hill 1629 Taylor Street San Francisco, California 94133

I love sharing the story of my five-generation 'secret garden' atop San Francisco's historic Russian Hill.
After her visit, Rosmary Verey asked me to write the first chapter in her book 'Secret Gardens'. Frank Cabot called the garden 'luminous'!



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By my favorite garden photographer, Ted P. Kipping


Beatrice Bowles has performed at Filoli, San Francisco Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Marin Art & Garden Center, at tcountless schools many schools, and spoken at conferences on the arts from Washington, DC, to Sintra, Portugal

She has recorded five audio storybooks/CDs of world wonder tales with original musical settings,
and ihas become a Voting Member of the Grammy’s Recording Academy.


What an engaging retelling of stories, shimmering with the magic of creation!
Malcolm Margolin, Publisher, Heyday Books, Berkeley, 2015

 I love what Beatrice’s stories teach us about nature. Carla Fava-Schmitt, Berkeley, CA

 You are a brilliant storyteller!  Jane Shaw, Dean of Religious Life, Stanford University, Palo Alto

Your stories are suspenseful, mind boggling, mysterious, thoughtful, exciting, funny, mystical, happy, and off the wall!
Lucinda, Fourth Grade, Bank Street School, New York City

Wow! Not only are you a brilliant storyteller, but your pleasure in telling the tales deepens the power of the performance.  My crew and I listened, enthralled>
Helen Whitney, filmmaker, NYC
:, 2015

Congratulations! Your storytelling resource, Cloudspinner and the Hungry Serpent, will receive one of the prestigious Storytelling World Awards, and be featured in Storytelling World/Storytelling Magazine. Professor Flora Joy, Publisher.

Preview and purchase my audiobooks/CDS at:, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, BandCamp, and GooglePlay.



  • I grew up in this magical garden, hated to leave at age nine, and missed the place ever after.
    What a joy come home again, buy the house from my uncle for a song, and raise my two children here beneath a mighty cork oak that my grandmother had planted in her garden just uphill.

  • After a party-loving-bachelor-renter had let the garden go wild for thirty years, I faced three years of ripping out ivy! Then I began to learn from experts and to plant fragrant woodland perennials and ornamental trees. When the grand dame of English gardening,  Rosemary Verey, came to visit, she asked me to write about growing up here. My essay, 'A Child's Inheritance,' is the first chaper in her book, Secret Gardens. (Ebury Press, London, 1992)
  • When garden writer, Joan Hockaday, my neighbor and friend, brought Frank Cabot, founder of The Garden Conservancy, to visit, his word for this garden was 'numinous.' On the spot, he enchanted me into joining the Garden Conservancy, and I now sit on its West Coast Councll.
  • Joan featured my garden for March in her book, The Gardens of San Francisco, too.

  • As a writer, storyteller, and recording artist of of wonder tales and seasonal myths from around the world, which you can find my storiesw
  • When Joseph Campbell became my mentor, that was another bit of garden magic! I would love to share that story and more. The garden inspires me every day.


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A Most Lovely Afternoon

Jane R. Poppelreiter from SAan Francisco, C - 04/30/2019 19:38:54

Our group, The St. Francis Wood Garden Club, had the privilege of being invited to the most delightful home of Beatrice Bowles. Beatrice is as charming as she is entertaining, and we heard wonderful stories about her family history, long time home, and amazing gardens. We had a change to spend time touring the home as well as time wandering the fanciful gardens of her hillside garden. Every member commented that it was the best outing and speaker that we have ever had, and I can't agree more. - Jane R. Poppelreiter, Program Director, St. Francis Wood Garden Club