At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : January 2012
Join us for our Lunar New Year Celebration & Flower Market Saturday January 21, 10am–4pm

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

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The Year of the Dragon

A Walk in the Clouds

Secrets of the Forest

Spotlight on: How to Design a Beautiful Garden

Calling New Docents

Plant Sales in Your Pocket
Download the new 2012 Plant Sale Brochure
includes a handy pocket-sized schedule.

Reimagining the California Lawn
Ready to replace your lawn with a more sustainable landscape?

Find out more >>

A Treasure to Keep
Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum: Watercolor paintings by Mary L. Harden and her Master Artists
Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum: Watercolor Paintings by Mary L. Harden and her Master Artists, on exhibit last year in the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, is now commemorated in a handsome catalog with accompanying plant descriptions.

More info >>


January 21
We'll be reading:

Happy Happy Chinese New Year

Demi's straightforward text and playful artwork are a great introduction to the customs, traditions, food, and lore associated with the celebration of Chinese New Year.

Lunar New Year Book List

January Book List

About Storytime

This garden starlet is truly a "seasoned performer" with larger than life shows throughout the year. In spring it sprouts brilliant lime-green leaves that darken with summer's warm temperatures. Come fall, it improvises with lovely yellow, orange and red leaves, according to weather's dictates; but in winter it puts on a grand finale, bringing down the house with glorious bark that blushes to a brilliant coral color. Look for Acer palmatum 'Sangokaku' in the Exhibition Garden and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku'
At the Garden: Issue No. 71  |  January 2012
   Celebrating our 13th Year!
Lunar New Year
Celebration and Flower Market

Saturday, January 21     |     10am – 4pm

Join us in celebrating the Year of the Dragon with an exciting day filled with fabulous food, fun, festivities, and flowers, flowers, flowers!

Event Details >>

   From the Associate Curator
A Trip to an Indonesian Cloud Forest: A Walk in the Clouds

In August 2011, during a trip to Indonesia, I had some exciting botanical excursions. Joined by Curatorial Assistant Marc Johnson, I toured an endemic cloud forest and connected with colleages at botanical gardens and universities for information, seed and plant exchange.

Read the full report >>

   Art Exhibit
Secrets of the Forest

Portraits of Wild Mushrooms

Rainy Afternoon by Lucy Martin

In this exceptional new exhibit of botanical art, Lucy Martin's art reveals her love of mushrooms and other fungi in their forest habitat.

On exhibit January 4 – April 28 >>


Basic Chinese Brush Painting
Learn basic brush strokes, proper use of ink and color, essential elements of composition with Pauline Tsui, whose unique style reflects an East-meets-West interpretation. No previous brush painting experience is required.
Birding at the Garden
Come bird-watching with docents, Helen McKenna & Allan Ridley, on a slow-paced amble from the front gate to the far reaches of the "John Muir wilds".
Botanical Latin
How many times have you wished you could use the scientific name rather than the common name when talking about a plant, but you didn't because you find the scientific names too confusing? Al Luongo will teach you how to navigate scientific names with ease.
How to Design a Beautiful Garden
with Heirlooms, Flowers, Vegetables and Herbs
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.

   Volunteer at SFBG
Calling New Docents

Children on a walk in SFBG

Imagine understanding the Botanical Garden at a much deeper level and then sharing that exciting new knowledge with others. Train to lead walks for children or to introduce visitors to the wonders of SFBG. We are hoping to assemble the biggest classes yet for both Children's Walk Training and Visitor Interpretation Training. No previous horticultural knowledge is necessary – that's what you get from us!

Please call our Volunteer Services Manager, at 661-1316 ext. 412 for details.

Lead walks for children >>
Lead walks for adults >>