At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : February 4, 2009
In this Issue
Magnolias and New Pathways
Get in Free to the SF Flower & Garden Show
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2009 in Your Pocket
Download the 2009 Plant Sale brochure, includes a convenient pocket-sized schedule.
|IN THE GARDEN
The Botanical Garden's Pathways Project is underway!
About this project >>
|AT THE GARDEN BOOKSTORE
This month at the Garden Bookstore, Gardens in Art analyzes the constituent elements of gardens, both real and imagined, and uncovers their often-hidden symbolic meanings.
More from the Garden Bookstore >>
"Echoes of Darwin"
Watercolors by the San Francisco Botanical Garden Masterclass Artists.
On exhibit January - March.
Find out more >>
Departing from SFBGS Bookstore (Main Gate)
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
This leisurely birding tour and nature hike tromps through the exciting microhabitats of the Garden. All ages welcome.
Birding in SFBG
Join us for this very popular Sunday morning walk interpreted by our field ornithologist and garden docent.
The creamy petals of Gordonia longicarpa
with its sunburst golden stamens resemble an oversized version of its botanical cousin, the camellia. Considerably more rare and difficult to grow than the camellia, this SFBG success story first bloomed only three years after being planted and has bloomed every year since. Look for Gordonia longicarpa
in the Asia Discovery Garden and in this month's "In Bloom
" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
From the Executive Director
People often ask me when they should visit San Francisco to see the Botanical Garden at its best. They are almost always surprised when I tell them that if they can't make it in the spring for the California natives, the magnolias in February and March cannot be beat…
Read the full report
History of the San Francisco Botanical Garden (Part 2)
Dr. Joseph Barbaccia continues 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.)
Come take a listen and subscribe! >>
Join Docent Dr. Joseph Barbaccia on a tour of one of the finest collections of deciduous magnolias in the United States, right here in the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Celebrate Darwin's 200th Birthday with evolve 2009!
SFBGS will join with other organizations city-wide to honor Charles Darwin's 200th birthday on February 12th, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.
Echoes of Darwin
January 1 – March 31, 2009
An exhibition of watercolors from Mary Harden’s SFBGS Masterclass artists highlights ferns, horsetails, magnolias and other plants to illustrate plant evolution.
February 12, 2009, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture
More about the exhibit >>
The Ancient Plant Garden
Celebrate Darwin's birthday by visiting the Garden's stunning new renovation. This display now clearly expresses the remarkable evolution of plant life since its beginnings – arguably almost 3,000,000 years ago, when photosynthesis began. Strange and beautiful, ancient plants bring us back to the past and invite reflection on this most basic support of all life on earth.
More information on evolve 2009 >>
Celebrate a Life,
Honor a Memory
Commemorative benches are now available for placement in a choice of peaceful settings throughout the Garden. Please contact Heidi Wohlwend at (415) 661-1316 ext. 304. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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SF Flower and Garden Show: March 18-22, 2009
The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show will be here in just a few weeks, and you'll not want to miss it: this will be its final year!
Find out how you can get free tickets to the show >>