At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : January 14, 2009
In this Issue
Lunar New Year
Books & Gifts at the Garden Bookstore
SF Flower & Garden Show
LUNAR NEW YEAR
Don't miss this annual local favorite! The Year of the Ox ushers in lion dancers, activities and demonstrations, and of course, flowers!
"Echoes of Darwin"
Watercolors by the San Francisco Botanical Garden Masterclass Artists. This exhibition is part of a city-wide event, EVOLVE 2009, commemorating Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his landmark work, On the Origin of Species.
On exhibit January - March.
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the 07-08 Annual Report
The April 2007 – March 2008 Annual Report is ready for download. (PDF 68k)
Download the Annual Report >>
At the edge of the Conifer Lawn, just south of the Moon Viewing Garden, is one of the most beautiful 'cedars' in the world, Thujopsis dolabrata var. hondae
, or the Hiba Cedar. It is a handsome pyramidal specimen standing 40 feet high, a native of moist forests in Japan with dark green and glistening foliage. Look for Hiba Cedar on the Conifer Lawn and in this month's "In Bloom
" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
From the Executive Director
My favorite time of year in many respects is January, after the holiday hoopla has subsided and we have at least partially recovered. Then is when I want to spend time with people I either didn't see during the holidays or, if I did see them, I was with so many other people that the interaction was too fleeting to be satisfactory. And it's mostly time-out for gardening while the rains soak in and the days gradually lengthen…
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This Month's Podcasts
History of the San Francisco Botanical Garden (Part 1)
Storyteller extraordinaire Dr. Joseph Barbaccia begins the fascinating story of how the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Golden Gate Park came to be. (Dr. Barbaccia is a past president of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and currently volunteers as a docent at the Garden.)
What is a Botanical Garden?
Simply put, it is a living, growing collection of plants. On this report, David Kruse-Pickler, Associate Curator at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, elaborates on this definition by describing how the collections are managed and how the data that is acquired gets used.
All About Palms
Jason Dewees is a horticulturist with Flora Grubb Gardens and a longtime volunteer at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. He’s a palm expert and on this report he shares his incredible knowledge about palms.
Come take a listen and subscribe! >>
Garden Tours in Russian
SFBG now offers Russian-language tours of the Garden. Special group tours of up to 12 people are also available. To RSVP for the Saturday morning tour or to book a group tour, please contact Tom Laursen, Volunteer Services Mgr. at 661-1316 ext. 412.
On the fourth Saturday of each month.
At the Garden Bookstore
Books & Gifts
Books for the Casual Gardener and
the Horticultural Professional
plus Greeting Cards
Members receive a 10% discount on all non-sale
items. Become a member today… sign up at the bookstore. Gift certificates are available!
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Open daily 10 am – 4 pm.
(415) 661-1316, ext. 408
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Mark your calendar!
The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show will be here before you know it, and you'll not want to miss it this year. It runs from Wednesday, March 18, through Sunday, March 22, in its new location at the San Mateo Event Center, just off of Hwy 101 near the Hwy 92-W exit.
The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society will have a booth there; be sure to stop by and say hello. We'll have treats to share. It's going to be a great change of venue and it's sure to be fun!
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