At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : February 9, 2011

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

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"Restoring San Francisco's Lost Manzanita"

Magnificent Magnolias, Captivating Camellias, Ravishing Rhododendrons.

The Garden's Mapping Project

Spotlight On: Sustainability Fair and Lecture

People & Pathways

Spring Photography Series

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February 12 >>


Feb. 19 & Mar. 5
We'll be reading:

A Grand Old Tree

About Storytime >>
Feb. Book List >>

The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures
The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir's Greatest Adventures

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"Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives." (Mary Ann Brussat). At the Botanical Garden, we eagerly await the Magnolias blooming en masse each year. Standing out on bare branches, these breathtaking blossoms never cease to amaze and inspire us – their reappearance marking the onset of a new year, and the first sign that Spring is just around the corner. Our featured magnolia, a cultivar called Magnolia X soulangeana or the "saucer magnolia," holds its own among this spectacular world-class collection. Look for it in the Meso-American Cloud Forest and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
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At the Garden: Issue No. 60  |  February 2011
   From the Director
"Restoring San Francisco's Lost Manzanita"
Dear Friends,

"I look at remaining natural habitats as the original skin of the Earth," says Curator Don Mahoney. "And there's very little of that left in San Francisco." Indeed, there is less and less of that original skin throughout the planet, and that is why the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society works diligently to assure that when even tiny fragments of the original skin are found they can be preserved, propagated and "released back into the wild".…

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   On Your Next Visit

It's Showtime at SFBG!

Magnificent Magnolias, Captivating Camellias, Ravishing Rhododendrons.

The show is about to start and you won't want to miss it! From now through the entire month of February and into March, it will be one glorious performance after another as the Magnolias, Camellias, and Rhododendrons come into their full glory. From deep pinks to vibrant reds, soft whites to even a yellow or purple or two, the colors are dazzling. Take a walk in this jewel of a garden – you'll find the air unbelievably fresh, the beauty absolutely stunning and you'll also be privy to one of the most spectacular – and important – plant collections in the world. Come soon and often and enjoy the show.

Download a map of Magnolias in the Garden >>

Magnificent Magnolias Walk: Feb 13th >>

   SFBG in the News
The Garden's Mapping Project

In April, 2009, we launched the Geographic Information System (GIS) Mapping Project, an initiative to map the location of every plant in six of our gardens. Using global positioning technology, we are creating digital maps that are tied to our collections records to track these plants. Supported through a $72,565 grant from the Institute for Museums and Library Services Museums for America, this exciting and innovative project will be featured in the March 2011 edition of San Francisco Magazine.

More on the GIS Project >>

A Conversation with our Colleagues from Harvard's Arnold Arboretum >>

New Classes
Slugs, Bugs and Bigger Thugs
Safe and sane pest management for Bay Area gardens with Bob Fiorello.
Magnificent Magnolias Walk
Celebrate these garden treasures at the peak of their bloom in one of the finest collections of deciduous magnolias in the United States.
Encompassing the Amazon
Learn all about the vanishing culture of Amazonian shamanism through this engaging lecture - includes travel narrative, music, slides and in-depth discussion.
Botanical Latin
Learn the easy way how botanical names are created, and if you have been unsure about how to pronounce them, this is the course for you.

California Gold: Plants and Water
Sustainability Fair and Lecture
The Urban Farmer Store

Bob Perry discusses successful plant combos with sound conservation practices and strong aesthetics. Meet and network with groups promoting sustainable practices like water conservation, rainwater harvesting, gray water, growing food, permaculture and more.
Sponsored by The Urban Farmer Store
100% of ticket sales benefit San Francisco Botanical Garden

   Latest Developments
People & Pathways

Creative Work Fund Grant...Dixon Long Challenge Feat...Don's Table is Nursery Volunteers Tribute...Strybing Circle Membership Surges

Creative Work Fund Grant
Thanks to a $39,800 grant from the Creative Work Fund through the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, famed San Francisco artist Topher Delaney has begin work on transforming the edible garden into Arcimboldo's Garden, with an installation inspired by the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527–1593). Arcimboldo is the Italian painter best known for imaginative portrait heads formed from realistic depictions of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other objects...

More People & Pathways >>

   Master Photography Program
Spring Photography Series
photo by Saxon Holt

Renowned photographer and SFBGS Photography Program Director Saxon Holt will again present his popular Master Photography Series. The Spring edition of the Picture the Garden series will begin on March 24 with a very special evening – a conversation between Saxon and environmental artist and visionary landscape designer Topher Delaney, Picture the Healing Garden. Saxon will lead an all-day Master Photography Workshop and four subsequent Master Photography Photo Shoots through the month of April to complete this exceptional series.

Picture the Healing Garden >>

Master Photography Workshop >>

Master Photography Photo Shoot >>