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

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

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March Happenings

Photo Contest Winners

Plant Preservation – A Continent-wide Approach

Tequila Sunset

Spotlight On: Sanctuary

Spring Photography Series

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March 12 >>

The Big One's Coming

Mark your calendars for an annual Bay Area favorite – the 2011 Annual Spring Plant Sale is fast approaching. Stay tuned for details in next month's enewsletter.

May 6th & 7th


Mar. 19 & Apr. 2
We'll be reading:

Peach and Blue

About Storytime >>
Mar. Book List >>

Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers of the Foothills, Valleys, and Coast
Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers of the Foothills, Valleys, and Coast

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San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
Visit our booth at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, March 23 – 27 at the San Mateo Event Center

SF Flower & Garden Show >>

Afrikaans call this native plant, "Waterdissel" (water thistle) for its water-loving habits and bristly leaves. A tenacious garden devil, Senecio glastifolius easily spreads and thrives in the Bay Area. Plant it toward the back of your garden beds as it reaches three feet or higher, and take care – it grows like mad. Australia and New Zealand have listed it as an invasive weed. Even in its native Cape Province home, it is becoming a pest, seeding itself in burned areas and ploughed fields wherever it finds a drop to drink. Look for Senecio glastifolius in the South Africa Garden 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. 61  |  March 2011
   From the Director
March Happenings
Dear Friends,

Did you see the magnolias? There are still quite a good number in bloom and they are and have been beautiful. If you haven't seen them this year consider dodging the raindrops and take a walk among them. You can pick up a map that pinpoints their locations at the booth at the gates. And don't miss the earliest blooms of the dramatic King Protea and the blues, lavenders, and creams of our own native Ceanothus…

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   Photo Contest
And the Winners Are...

Rocks in Winter Stream Winners of the Great Garden Winter Shootout photo contest were chosen by master photographer Saxon Holt from a number of exceptional entries. Winners and participants were honored at a reception, with prizes for the top entries awarded. These fabulous works will be on exhibit from March 10 – March 21.

See the winning entries >>

   From the Associate Curator
Plant Preservation – A Continent-wide Approach

We often hear the words conservation and preservation in botanical garden circles, but what do these concepts really look like in action? They are the most important mission we have as a botanical garden. We achieve it by growing, protecting and propagating plants, many of which are rare and endangered in their native habitat. Luckily, we aren't alone in our endeavors, and as active members of the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) we work together with botanical gardens all over North America acting as one giant 'living museum' to protect and save plant species.

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   Special Event

Tequila Sunset

Save the date for a very special evening at the Botanical Garden! Taste fine Semental Tequila at its inaugural San Francisco introduction. Nibble zesty Mexican botanas from one of the City's most popular restaurants. Learn about the agave and how exceptional tequilas are produced from this beautiful and fascinating plant. Stroll through the Meso-American and Succulent Gardens and enjoy the Botanical Garden at this beautiful 'after-hours' time of day. Watch for an invite and advance tickets next month.

Thursday, April 28, 6 – 8 pm in the Succulent Garden
hosted by:
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
Semental Tequila & San Francisco Tequila Tasting Club

$10 members / $20 non-members
Reservations required. RSVP by email or
call (415) 661-1316 ext. 302
Must be 21 years of age or older.

New Classes
Chinese Brush Painting
Learn brush techniques in this venerated and ancient art form to produce beautiful paintings in the classic style.
Picture the Healing Garden
A provocative discussion with garden photographer Saxon Holt and visionary landscape designer Topher Delaney exploring the power of gardens and the interplay of asthetics and purpose.
Master Photography Workshop
Get personal instruction and sharpen your skills with nationally recognized garden photographer Saxon Holt. Limited to 12.
Botanical Stories from Taiwan and Southern China
Learn about the relationship between the people and plants of these two amazing places from a local ethnobotanist and SFBG gardener.
White By Night
Celebrate the first full moon walk of 2011 and share in the traditions of Japanese moon viewing on the shores the Garden's lovely Moon Viewing Pond.

The Promised Land. Are We There Yet?

A very special day-long discussion and tour with artists Topher Delaney, Margo Majewska and Kika Probst on what sanctuary means in our lives. Includes a tour of the UCSF Medicinal Botanical garden.

   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 >>