In this Issue
- From the Director
- New Classes & Events
- Urban Oases: Creating Garden Sanctuaries in the City
- Give the Gift of the Garden
A printable version of the Course Catalog is now available for download from our web site.
Between Science and Art: Work in Botanical Illustration
Work created by artists in the Botanical Illustration
courses taught by Mary L. Harden at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
October 1- December 30
Art Exhibits Details
Departing from SFBGS Bookstore (Main Gate)
Mon-Fri: 1:30pm Sat/Sun: 10:30am & 1:30pm
Departing from Friend Gate (North Entrance)
Daily Tour Info
Explore birding at SFBGS with our interpretive walks.
Birding for Everyone
Meet at the Main Gate near the Garden Bookstore. This leisurely birding tour and nature hike tromps through the exciting microhabitats of the Garden. Ages 7 and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring binoculars (if you have them) and a pencil.
Birding in SFBG
Meet at the Main Gate near the Garden Bookstore for this very popular Sunday morning walk. Allan Ridley is an experienced field ornithologist and Helen McKenna is a docent at the Botanical Garden. Together they will tell you about both the birds and plants seen in the Garden. Bring binoculars (if you have them).
These exotic winter bloomers native to the southern hemisphere add a touch of whimsy to the Bay Area garden with their "other-worldly" shapes and arrangements. Look for these fascinating Grevilleas
throughout the Cape Province garden and in this month's In Bloom
There is a lot going on in the Botanical Garden right now! The Children's Garden has been completely demolished (wait, that's a good thing; we planned it that way!) to make way for a greatly improved Children's Garden. It won't be one of those children's gardens complete with playground equipment, but it will be more level and accessible and better interpreted than it now is. All of this is thanks to the Shaw Fund who gave the Society $100,000 for the project, which already serves 10,000 San Francisco school kids every year.
The handsome Zellerbach Garden of Perennials is receiving its finishing touch with the demolition and repaving of the path between the older and newer sections. The renovation of the Garden of Fragrance is underway with repairs to the Saint Francis fountain, some new stonework, repaving and planting coming up.
The nearly final design of a woodsy pavilion for the Rhododendron Garden is nearing completion, and the construction and final planting of that garden should be completed by next summer. Plans for the interpretation and design of the Ancient Plant Garden are getting underway as well.
And, to top it all off, there was a simple and beautiful Strybing wedding held in the Demonstration Garden just last Saturday. We were honored that the great, great, grand niece of our foundress, Helene Strybing, chose this spot -- and a perfect autumn day -- for her wedding.
Of very important note, we have a new Garden Director. John Peterson, PhD began work with the Recreation and Park Department Monday October 16, and we are delighted to have him here. John fills Scot Medbury's position, so ably captained by Jim Henrich as Acting Director for over a year.
John comes to us from Redding's Turtle Bay Exploration Park and before that from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Please join me in welcoming our new partner in the management of this beautiful Garden!
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
Classes and Events
CO-HOSTED DESIGN SYMPOSIUM
Explore techniques for transforming the busy urban landscape into serene spaces, intimate tableaus and vibrant sanctuaries.
Give a gift of the Garden…
Looking for a special gift? Give flowers all year long!
A gift membership is a unique way to support the Garden and introduce others to the Garden we all love. Holiday gift, birthday present or unique thank you gift for your host … a gift membership to SFBGS is the perfect gift for the garden lovers on your list.
Benefits of Gift Membership include:
- San Francisco Botanical Garden Visitor Guide
- Admission to the Annual Plant Sale and Members-Only Preview Sale
- Invitations to Members-Only Events
- Subscription to our Members’ Magazine, Leaflet
- Discounts on classes and seminars
- Discounts on purchases at SFBG Bookstore and Plant Sales
- Discounts at more than 70 Bay Area nurseries
- Free admission to over 180 botanical gardens and arboreta
- Free admission to California Horticultural Society Events
(Additional benefits available at different membership levels)
Giving a gift membership is easy… register online, or call the Membership Department at 415.564.3239, ext. 303. You’ll get the gift of knowing that you are supporting a San Francisco treasure… the Garden we all love!