Magnolia campbellii. Photo by Tom Karlo.
In fiscal year 2015 we celebrated San Francisco Botanical Garden's 75th anniversary. We are confident that Helene Strybing, whose original bequest made the Garden possible, and Eric Walther, its first director, would be extraordinarily proud of what the Garden has become a jewel in the crown of Golden Gate Park and a botanical garden of great beauty and importance, including world renowned collections.
This year, we celebrate the successful collaboration between the Botanical Garden Society and San Francisco Recreation & Parks and all those whose leadership, dedication, and generosity have helped the Garden grow and flourish. We understand that global environmental degradation makes our efforts all the more important. We commit ourselves to nurturing the plants of the garden we call Earth and to enabling future generations to know, appreciate, and work to protect the rich diversity of our natural world. significant collection of Magnolia for conservation purposes, and the most important outside China*, where a majority of Magnolia species are found.
We acknowledge a special obligation to our children, to equip them with understanding and compassion for all living things so that they can become caring and responsible citizens and stewards for the generations who will follow them.
The Botanical Garden Society's mission is to build communities of support for the Garden and to cultivate the bond between people and plants. It is with deepest gratitude that we thank our members and donors who sustain the Garden as we know it today and enable us to build toward the next 75 years.