At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : December 7, 2011

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

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Giving Thanks for Time and Talent

Have a Cup of Cheer

50% Off Plant Sale

SFBG Participating Site in NAPCC Magnolia Collection

Wreath-Making Workshop

Trustee Giving Inspiring our Friends

$75,000 Grant Expands Resources for Youth Education

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Saturday, Dec 10, 50% Off Plant Sale

Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum: Watercolor paintings by Mary L. Harden and her Master Artists
Hot off the Presses!
Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum: Watercolor Paintings by Mary L. Harden and her Master Artists, currently on view in the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, is now commemorated in a handsome catalog with accompanying plant descriptions.

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More Great Gifts
Cavellini Calendars 2012 Cavellini Calendars

Gourd Birdhouses
Gourd Birdhouses
Crafted by artisans in Peru, these popular handmade birdhouses feature a 1 1/4" roofed opening, protective finish and drainage holes. Sizes vary from 6.5–8 inches.


Dec 17
We'll be reading:

Night Tree

The simple story of one family's special Christmas Eve tradition in which they bundle up and head into the forest to decorate an evergreen tree.

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Aloe arborescens adds a welcome splash of dramatic color to the Garden during this time of year. Tall orange-red flowers filled with nectar rise from rosette after rosette of blue-green fleshy leaves to attract butterflies, birds and bees. These multiple "candles" inspire its common name, the candlelabra aloe. Look for Aloe arborescens 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. 70  |  December 2011
   From the Executive Director
Giving Thanks for Time and Talent

Last month the Botanical Garden Society hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Although we have held the event for 36 years, this was the first year I attended. Before the luncheon, I reviewed a list of our more than 500 volunteers, organized by the year they began, and realized that while I had been at the Garden for 28 weeks, there were a number of volunteers who had been giving their time and energy for more than 28 years!

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   For Members Only
Have a Cup of Cheer

SFBGS Member Holiday Bazaar Members are invited to join us for the annual SFBGS Member Holiday Bazaar, a heart-warming and festive evening featuring handcrafted items from the staff and friends of the Garden, food, drink and live music by The Brunos. This event takes place this Thursday, December 8 at the SF County Fair Building Auditorium from 5-7pm.

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   From the Curator
50% Off Plant Sale

This is the third year running we are holding a 50% off sale in December. It's clean-up time at the Nursery in preparation for the upcoming winter chill, and this is your opportunity to find treasures at half price.

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   From the Associate Curator
SFBG named Official Participating Site in the NAPCC Multisite Magnolia Collection

Magnolia campbellii 'Strybing White' by David Kruse-Pickler

Last week, SFBG reached a milestone that was 75 years in the making. The Magnolia collection was officially recognized as a member of the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) Multisite Magnolia Collection.

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How to Design a Beautiful Garden with Heirlooms, Flowers, Vegetables and Herbs

Diane Whealy, an expert gardener and co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange – the nation's premier nonprofit seed-saving organization – will share her experience designing and planting the perfect combination of heirloom flowers, vegetables, and herbs.

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Wreath-Making Workshop

Join us for this beloved annual event as we make spectacular holiday wreaths and garlands with cuttings from our Garden.

   People, Plants & Appreciation
Trustee Giving Inspiring our Friends

This is the time of year when your attention is likely to turn to your annual giving to your favorite causes. We are grateful to know that, for many of you, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society ranks high in your thoughts. We are most grateful for your generosity. We also know that often, as you decide what level your gift will be, the question often asked is: "What does your board give?"

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   Development News
$75,000 Grant Expands Resources for Youth Education and Library

A new $75,000 capacity-building grant from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation will fund a summer internship for our Youth Education Program, support a new Assistant Librarian and allow the Society's Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture to open 6 days a week.

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