In this Issue
SFBG's 11 Gardeners
Investing and Fragrance Podcasts
Your help will make a difference!
Members: Come Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Edible Expeditions Botanical Art at the Conservatory
until the next plant sale!
Botanical Illustration Exhibit, at the Conservatory of Flowers
Now - Nov. 1
View these exquisite pen-and-ink-wash drawings created on-site in the Conservatory greenhouses by SFBGS Botanical Illustration program artists. These masterful works echo the fine illustrations of collectors and botanists from the Age of Exploration when large ships searched the globe for new fruits, vegetables, grains, and exotic plants.
More about the exhibit >>
Life and death in the same plant? Digitalis purpurea
is utilized by the medical community in the treatment of serious heart conditions, yet just a nibble from the leaves of the upper stem are toxic enough to potentially cause death. This garden classic is commonly known as Foxglove, but its dangerous reputation has also earned it such monikers as Dead Man's Bells, and Witches' Gloves. Look for Digitalis purpurea
in the California Garden and in this month's "In Bloom
" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
From the Curator
With the advent of summer, I am once again awed by the ability of the Recreation and Park Department's 11 excellent gardeners who keep so much of these very special 55 acres watered and weeded and pruned. It's a huge effort that, as all of us who are gardeners already know, never ends. These professionals are up against two major irrigation challenges. Well, three if you count our dry summer Mediterranean climate. The first is the lack of a modern irrigation infrastructure that necessitates a great deal of lugging and pulling of heavy hoses.…
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Fragrance and Investing Podcasts
Investing in the Garden
Donald Frediani, one of our long-time supporters, talks about why he is so confident about supporting the San Francisco Botanical Garden and why it's so important.
Garden of Fragrance
You'll want to visit our Garden of Fragrance after you listen to this program. Docent Ernie Ng is our guest.
Come take a listen and subscribe! >>
Growing Proteas in Bay Area Gardens
Add exotic flavor to your garden with beautiful species of the genera protea, leucospermum, leucadendron, banksia and grevillea!
Your help will make a difference! Please give by June 30th!
Every day dedicated Garden educators take the hands of children and show them the importance and diversity of the world of plants. These lessons early in life encourage conservation and help curb the disturbing development of “nature deficit disorder” in children.
Please extend your hand at this critical time! Your donation, no matter the size, will sustain our Garden and all our education programs.
Feel free to call Heidi at (415) 661-1316 ext. 304 if you would like to donate by phone.
Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the June 18th Members-Only Event!
The hours after closing-time are always special in the Garden; the light begins to fade away and the sounds of the City recede. Join us in the Garden from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, June 18, for a very special Member-Only After Hours Aperitifs, including celebratory libations, hors-d'oeuvres and good company.
What's in store >>