At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : October 5, 2011

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Rhodies, Ferns and Trees at the October Sale

"Treasures" – Meet the Artists

Spotlight On: Chinese Brush Painting

Garden Feast 2011: A Success for our Children

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Saturday, Oct 8 with Trees, Ferns & Rhododendrons


Oct 15 & Nov 5
We'll be reading:

Pumpkin Jack

Tim's first jack-o-lantern, Jack, was fierce, funny and perfect, but when Jack begins to rot he's tossed outside into the garden. Over the winter Jack becomes wrinkled and moldy and is soon covered in snow, but as spring arrives so does a tiny sprout where Jack had been.

About Storytime >>
Oct Book List >>

Container Gardening
Container Gardening
Fresh ideas for Outdoor Living

About this book >>

new Hot off the Presses!
We've got a great selection of garden-related books and gifts like these:

Cavellini Calendars 2012 Cavellini Calendars

Joanne Taylor notecards Notecards by Docent and In Bloom photographer Joanne Taylor

While other hibiscus flowers flare open in exotic displays of brilliant color, this species keeps its petals tightly wrapped around an ornate center of fused stamens and pistil, giving rise to the name, "sleeping hibiscus". Look for sleeping hibiscus in the Mesoamerican 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. 68  |  October 2011
   From the Interim Executive Director
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While visiting family in New York City several weeks ago, I was able to spend the day with Scot Medbury, our former Garden Director, now President of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, founded in 1910 and about the same size in acreage as San Francisco Botanical Garden. Scot is an incredibly gracious host. I left New York with enormous respect and admiration for the beautiful BBG and its role in its community and the world of botanical gardens. And I returned to San Francisco with a much deeper appreciation of our own unique contribution, both here in San Francisco and among gardens worldwide.

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   From the Curator
Rhodies, Ferns and Trees at the October Sale

Rhododendron 'Eikan' by M. Lewis

Many gardens in San Francisco have an abundance of shade, while in other parts of the Bay Area, often large trees provide shade in the landscape. Gardening in these situations can be a challenge. Two groups of plants that can help are rhododendrons and ferns, both featured at our October Plant Sale, along with trees.

Trees, Ferns & Rhododendrons Plant Sale Sneak Preview >>

   Art Exhibit
"Treasures" – Meet the Artists

Join us for a very special artists' reception tomorrow, Thursday, October 6th to view original watercolors from over 20 artists including botanical art teacher, Mary Harden. Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum features unusual and favorite selections from our Garden interpreted through a variety of styles.

About this exhibit >>

Download the "Treasures" map to find the plants that inspired the artists >>

New Classes
Distillation and Using The Scent Of Plants
Jeanne Rose leads this combination lecture/garden walk/plant sale on capturing the scent of plants in liquid form.
Harvest Tea Tasting In the Beautiful 'Garden of Fragrance'
Celebrate autumn with a special afternoon tea that explores the flavor and fragrance, as well as the magical and healing properties of the herbs on our harvest menu.
Autumn Leaves in Colored Pencil
The beauty of changing leaf colors, seedpods, gourds and berries in autumn provides ample opportunity to explore colored pencil techniques, from mixing to layering to create rich reds, browns and purples.
A Special Walk in the Exotic South Africa Garden
People travel to South Africa to see the animals, but it is also home to wonderful and diverse flora. Docent Joanne Taylor, who has made several trips to South Africa, leads this walk.

Chinese Brush Painting
with Feng Chen, new session!
Chinese Brush Painting with Feng Chen

Celebrated artist Feng Chen will lend her expertise to teaching students of all skill levels how to create beautiful botanical brush paintings.

Garden Feast 2011: A Success for our Children

Garden Feast 2011 Awards

On September 15, 2011, a huge gathering of Trustees, donors, members, gardeners, garden lovers, and youth education supporters from around the Bay Area celebrated under a tent right on the Great Meadow in the Garden and raised over $100,000 for our Youth Education programs and our Children's Garden.

View photos from Garden Feast 2011 >>