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48th Annual Spring Plant Sale

48th Annual Spring Plant Sale

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, the Garden shares its legacy of conservation and propagation with the public at the Bay Area's largest plant sale featuring over 2,500 different kinds of plants with a dazzling variety of drought tolerant choices.

Preview Party

Friday, May 1, 2015, 4–5pm
Warm up for the plant sale with wine, small bites, and good times. Reception is for Garden Lover Members ($125) and above.
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Recreation Room, County Fair Building

Member Preview Sale

Friday, May 1, 2015, 5–8pm
SF County Fair Building
(415) 661-1316, ext. 301

Silent Auction

Friday, May 1, 2015, 5–7pm
SF County Fair Building Auditorium

Loading zones available for plant pick-up

What to Expect

We want you to make the most of your trip to San Francisco Botanical Garden Society's Annual Plant Sale. Below are some helpful tips to follow when planning your visit.


The sale takes place both days at the County Fair Building, 1199 9th Avenue @ Lincoln Way.

  • May 1, 2015
  • Member Preview Reception 4-5pm
    County Fair Building
    For Garden Lover members ($125) and above. Join today!
  • Member Preview Sale 5-8pm
    Gallery & Courtyard
  • Silent Auction 5-7pm
  • May 2, 2015 10am-2pm
    Gallery, Courtyard, & Auditorium


What kind of payment do you accept?
Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted at checkout. Be sure to follow the signage to the appropriate line for your form of payment.

Where are the perennials? Shrubs? How do I find what I'm looking for?
Make a plan! View the floor plan before you shop to familiarize yourself with the layout and find your favorite plants. You will also be able to pick up a map at the sale entrance.

Do you provide carts? How will I carry everything?
We will have limited shopping carts and baskets available for use at the sale. They can be found at the sale entrance and near checkout. We do encourage you to bring your own cart or wagon for easy transport.

We do provide boxes to help carry your treasures home. They will be located underneath plant display tables.

Will you have Will Call available?
Yes. Will Call will be located near the checkout to park your plants and free your arms while you continue shopping.

How do I care for my new plants?
Look for our friendly, knowledgeable volunteers, wearing Green Aprons, to find out how to care for your new plants. UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties will be there to help answer questions as well.

How do I attend the Friday night sale?
Become a member to get first pick of the entire sale and bid on rare and exotic plants in the Silent Auction at the Friday night Member Preview Sale, plus receive great benefits throughout the year!

Consider joining at the Garden Lover ($125) level or above and attend the Member Preview Party from 4-5pm in the County Fair Building.

Where do I park?
Arrive early to avoid parking headaches. Nearby parking is located in the Music Concourse Garage on Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Limited street parking is available in Golden Gate Park. For more detailed information, click here.

Where can I leave my plants while I get my car?
Plant pick-up is available behind the SF County Fair Building on Lincoln Way across from 10th Ave. You can drop off your plants with volunteers after checkout for temporary safe keeping. Bring your car around to have volunteers help you load your plants.

Annual Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, May 2, 2015 10am–2pm
SF County Fair Building
(415) 661-1316

Questions? Call 415-661-1316 ext. 400 or

Directions & Parking

Arrive early to avoid parking headaches! Nearby parking is located in the Music Concourse Garage on Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Limited street parking is available in Golden Gate Park. For more detailed information, click here.

Sneak Preview

Sneak Preview

10 Reasons to Attend

  1. Become inspired by the diversity of plants available for Bay Area gardens! All plants are suitable for Bay Area microclimates, and many are propagated from our own collection.
  2. Become a member and attend the Friday Member sale!
  3. Become a member and save 10% at Saturday's sale!
  4. Ask one of our expert volunteers for advice on how to care for your new plants.
  5. There's more to see than just plants! Check out the selection of new books and gift items from our bookstore.
  6. More books! The Helen Crocker Russell Library offers a wide selection of horticultural books (gently used) for sale.
  7. Bid for valuable and treasured plants at Friday night's Silent Auction.
  8. Go native! 300-400 varieties of native plants will be on hand. Most are easy to care for, many are drought-tolerant, and all bring a natural, authentic beauty to California gardens.
  9. Meet fellow gardening enthusiasts!
  10. Buy a plant and support the Garden!

Tips for Members

Valid membership cards provide admission for one person.

Bring some cash for wine! Enjoy a cash-only wine bar while perusing the sale.

Bid at the Silent Auction. Friday night hosts a silent auction of rare and unusual plants from 5-7pm. Winning bids are tax-deductible donations that strengthen your connection to the Garden you love. Get ready for some bidding wars – the auction ends promptly at 7!

Upgrade your membership to the Garden Lover ($125) level or above to attend the Preview Reception from 4-5pm and to give your friends guest passes to attend the sale. Guest passes are mailed with your membership cards. For details on all membership benefits, click here

Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres as you warm up for the big sale instead of waiting in line. The Preview Reception for Garden Lover ($125) members and above is held from 4-5pm in the Recreation Room of the SF County Fair Building. Click here to RSVP

Please note: Guests of the Preview Reception can enter the sale directly through the Auditorium and do not have to line up at the main entrance. All doors open promptly at 5pm. There is no early entry to the sale.

Not a member yet? Join online now or purchase a membership at the door. Don't forget, you can also upgrade to get a friend in! If you have any questions or would like to join, renew, or upgrade your membership by phone, please call our Membership Department at (415) 661-1316 ext. 302 or email

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ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $8 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors, Families & Children

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