At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : April 1, 2009
In this Issue
Golden Gate Park Garden Unification
Pathways Project and Rhododendron Podcasts
Annual Plant Sale
SFBG Garden Design Competition
Union Street Easter Parade
until the next plant sale!
|AT THE GARDEN BOOKSTORE
Cracks in the Asphalt is a one-of-a-kind guide book to 30 of San Francisco's Community Gardens.
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Sponsored by the Quarryhill Botanical Garden: A conversation with Peter Raven, National Science Medal Recipient and Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
Two of the world's leading botanists discuss the threats to China's remarkable flora and what can be done to reverse the loss of plant diversity there.
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Undeniably an eye stopper with its massive spikes of deep blue forget-me-not type flowers, Echium
draws hummingbirds, bees and butterflies like a magnet. But this garden grandstander has a darker side. Its invasive tendencies elicit warnings of “do not plant” from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Look for Echium
in the Demonstration Garden and in this month's "In Bloom
" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
From the Executive Director
As many of you now know the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society has been asked by the Recreation and Park Department to support an admission policy for the Garden. After careful deliberation, the Society's Board of Trustees decided that they should give their support but work with the Department to find as many ways as possible to assure that San Franciscans and others in the region will have access to the Garden. We are suggesting a number of ways to make that happen including free days, no charge for school groups, and other ideas to promote access. Now the Department has asked the Society to consider working with them to support the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden…
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Rhododendron & Pathways Podcasts
The Pathways Project will improve the accessibility of visitors to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. On this report, Zoee Astrakhan with Interstice Architects points out that this project requires balancing the needs of people as well as the needs of the plants.
It's that time of year when rhododendrons are beginning to burst into bloom. Volunteer Nan Ray and gardener Jason Martinez share their knowledge of this incredibly beautiful and diverse plant.
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Basic Pruning Workshop
Trees growing wild? Shrubbery getting out of hand? Join Ellyn Shea, International Society of
Arboriculture Certified Arborist, and learn the fundamentals of pruning at this special lecture and workshop.
Calling all designers! SFBGS is sponsoring an open, one-stage international competition to select a design for the Gondwana Circle that will convey the scientific significance of Gondwana, an ancient continent containing most of the landmasses found in today's Southern Hemisphere. The winning design will become a locus for the Southern Hemisphere collections at the Botanical Garden.
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Stop by our booth at the 18th Annual
Union Street Easter Parade
Mark your calendar: Sunday April 12
Join us for this family event! Stop by our booth where we’ll have nature-based arts-and-crafts for the little ones, and perhaps a surprise or two for the grown-ups.
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