Classes & Events
Valentine's Day Magnolia Cocktails
Friday, February 14, 5–7pm
Join us under the lantern-strung eaves of an outdoor Asian pavilion for cocktails garnished with magnolia petals and hors d'oeuvres. Wander the lovely, hidden nooks of the Exhibition Garden with your Valentine before your evening plans, or stay for the Magnolias by Moonlight tour to make your romantic day even more special.
$30 Members/$40 General (or $35 Members/$50 General if combined with Magnolias by Moonlight).
Magnolias, Camellias & Rhododendrons: Pencil Drawing with botanical artist Nina Antze
Thursday, February 27, 10am–2pm
See why colored pencil techniques are ideal for capturing the fragile glories and unique colors of these winter blooms. Practice mixing and layering color and explore techniques including burnishing, layering and impressed line. Live blooms from the Garden will be provided or feel free to bring in your own beauties. Weather permitting, class will lunch outside and experience nature first hand. A supply list will be provided. Bring your own lunch.
$75 Members/$90 General; All drawing levels welcome.
Magnolia & Magnolia Companion Plants Sale
Saturday, March 8, 10am–1pm
Start or add to your own magnolia collection and find other plants well-suited to complete your magnolia landscape.
FREE (admission required to enter the Garden; FREE for San Francisco residents with proof of residency).
Member Appreciation Seasonal Event
Saturday, March 8, 1–3pm
Celebrate Spring among the magnificent magnolias, with magnolia-inspired food and beverages, plus docent information sessions and small walks.
FREE & FOR MEMBERS ONLY.
Thursday, March 27, 5:30–7:30pm
Enjoy cocktails garnished with magnolia petals, wander the lovely, hidden nooks of the Exhibition Garden and learn more from our docents about the Garden's magnificent magnolias.
$30 Members/$40 General; 21+ only.
Sun Printing Scarves: Magnolia Petals & Leaves
Saturday, March 29; 10am–2pm
Harness the power of sunlight to create a cyanotype print scarf! In this hands-on workshop, create a design out of a variety of organic materials including magnolia, camellia and rhododendron bloom from the Garden. Participants receive specially treated silk that uses the sun to make a reverse image, resulting in a scarf with white designs on a beautiful cobalt blue ground. Rain or shine.
$40 Members/$50 General.
Other Winter/Spring Programs & Events
Cooking Class: Pot Stickers for the Chinese New Year
Saturday, January 11, 10am–1pm
Learn how to create the perfect dumpling for the Chinese New Year! Whether you choose to make a traditional pork dumpling, or experiment with vegetables and seasonings, all materials are provided to realize your culinary inspirations and take home a dozen dumplings to enjoy.
$20 Members/$25; General.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, January 25, 9am–3pm
Enjoy special performances and hands on activities in celebration of the Year of the Horse and the many magnolias from China featured in the Garden. See lion dancers, lively folk dances, tai chi performances with dazzling sword forms and more. Enjoy family-friendly children's activities and special Story Times!
FREE (admission required to enter the Garden; FREE for San Francisco residents with proof of residency)
Apothecary Jar Art Garden
Saturday, February 22, 2–5pm
Create a whimsical living work of art as you construct a miniature fantasy garden with branches, ferns, succulents and mosses, all in a fanciful apothecary jar you will adorn with found items. All materials included.
$80 Members/$90 General.
Basics of Floral Design
Saturday, March 22, 2–5pm
Create gorgeous florals using sustainable materials. Learn how to prepare cut flowers for longer life, and the basics of combining foliage and flowers for a spectacular centerpiece. All materials included.
$40 Members/$50 General.