In this Issue
Our Fabulous Volunteers
Congress Extends Tax-Free IRA Gifts
New Member of the Development Team
Next Member Get-Together
until the next plant sale!
End of the Season Sale
2009 in Your Pocket
Download the new 2009 Plant Sale brochure, includes a convenient pocket-sized schedule.
Names matter. That's why the former Primitive Plant Garden at the San Francisco Botanical Garden is now the Ancient Plant Garden. Nan Arens, professor of geoscience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York and…
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Calendars for Holiday Gifts
Our 2009 Wall and Easel Calendars, printed in Florence, Italy feature antiquarian images from the National Agricultural Library's collection.
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19th Century Botanical Prints from the collection of Jack Kramer. On display and for sale October - December.
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Like its namesake, the "Strawberry Tree," or Arbutus unedo
, bears edible red fruit. But unlike the strawberry, its fruit doesn't have the same tempting flavor. The latin term "unedo" means, "I eat one," implying that one is enough. It mainly serves as bird food but in some countries it is used to make jam and liqueurs (such as the Portuguese medronho, a kind of strong brandy). Look for Arbutus unedo
in the Garden of Fragrance and in this month's "In Bloom
" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
From the Executive Director
As we count down to Thanksgiving, I look at the calendar and note that our annual Volunteer Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, November 6. This is one of my favorite celebrations of the year. For one thing it is delightfully informal and a lot of fun. It's a joy to be with three hundred friends who are united by their love for this beautiful Garden and all the programs that support it and the many communities we serve …
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This month we feature two bird-related podcasts with our resident field ornithologist, Allan Ridley.
Have you ever wondered what messages birds are conveying in their calls? Allan Ridley shares some great tips to understanding what we are hearing.
Birding in the Garden
Our guest Allan Ridley awakens us to the excitement of finding birds and observing their behavior in this virtual birding tour.
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Wild Birds of
Join an enthusiastic group for an introduction to many of the amazing wild birds that inhabit the San Francisco Bay Area in winter.
Congress extends tax-free
Good news for people who want to use their retirement assets to make a gift, but have been discouraged from doing so because of the income tax penalty.
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Announcing a new member of the Development team
Heidi Wohlwend joins us as Annual Giving Manager where she'll head up the memorial bench and the Annual Fund programs. Heidi comes to us after her work in annual giving at Chabot Space and Science Center and at COPIA in Napa. She says, “I absolutely adore this garden and I can't wait to get my hands dirty!” She has a lifetime love-affair with San Francisco, and is a graduate of SFSU for both her B.A. and M.F.A. She loves gardening, running in Golden Gate Park, and music. She's especially excited about the new benches that will be available for dedication along with the planned pathway upgrades.
You can contact Heidi at (415) 661-1316 ext. 304. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org She'd be happy to hear from you!
Our Next Member Get-Together is Thursday, December 4th
Update your calendar: the date of the next Quarterly Members' Get-Together is not December 18th as mentioned in the recently mailed Leaflet, but is Thursday, December 4th, from 5 to 7 pm. This is our famed Holiday gathering, and it promises to be another winner…
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