At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : March 2012
  Find out all the best dirt in this month's soil issue.

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter
The Soil Issue

Dirt Matters

2012 Flower & Garden Show Benefits SFBG

March 10 Plant Sale includes Drought-Tolerant Plants

Spotlight on: Spring Gems of Dr. Don Mahoney's Garden

Etch Your Story in the Stones

Only three days til our next...

Sat. March 10


Expanded Library Hours
Starting Sunday 3/18, the Library will be open six days a week, every day except Tuesday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Special announcement to follow.

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
3/21 – 3/25
3/24 Gala in the Gardens

The 45th Annual Spring Plant Sale
5/4: Preview Sale
5/5: Public Sale

The New Sunset Western Garden Book
It's worth upgrading your copy of the "garden bible" this year as it has undergone a makeover with a new plant finder and over 2,000 color photos.

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
Pick up this handsome catalog at the Garden Bookstore: Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum: Watercolor Paintings by Mary L. Harden and her Master Artists.

More info >>


March 17
We'll be reading:

We're Rabbits!

We're Rabbits! chronicles a group of mischievous rabbits as they eat their way through a young gardener's vegetable patch in search of delicious carrots.

March Book List

About Storytime

*Starting in May, Storytime will move back to Sundays.

SFBGS welcomes our two newest staff members!

This month's featured climber offers up the perfect vantage point. A prodigious vine, Bomarea caldasii sports blossoms conveniently arranged in umbels, or bouquet-like formations of 30-45 flowers that dangle down to face us from heights reaching 15-20 feet. Bomarea includes up to 120 species endemic to limited areas from Mexico to Argentina. Look for Bomarea spp. in the Mesoamerican and Andean Cloud Forests and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Bomaria

At the Garden: Issue No. 73  |  March 2012
   Garden News
Dirt Matters

It's that time of year again. Another year of watering has left your soil badly in need of a boost. According to all the gardening experts, it's the dirt that really matters. So if you do one thing to prep your garden for spring planting this year, we recommend you make rich, nutrient-dense soil. We've dug in and unearthed a few "dirty little secrets" to help you along your way.

Get the dirt

   In the Community
2012 Flower & Garden Show Benefits SFBGS

Take a walk on the wild side at "Savanna!" and win a chance to take it home

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show An innovative display of tall grasses by Rock & Rose and Greenlee Associates entice you to take a walk on the wild side at the upcoming San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. A raffle of plant materials from the display, delivery and design services will benefit SFBGS.

"Savanna!" and Raffle details

Attend the Gala to support SFBGS

The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is generously donating net ticket sale proceeds to benefit SFBGS. Gala in the Gardens, is Saturday, March 24 at 7:53 pm, at the San Mateo Event Center.

Gala details

Volunteers needed at the show!

Volunteering is a wonderful way to help the Garden while gaining free entry to the show. Shifts run three hours: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; and 4:00pm – 7:00 pm from March 21 – 24. Please email Volunteer Services Manager Carol Laughlin or call (415) 661-1316 ext. 412.

   Plant Sale
March 10 Plant Sale: Includes Drought-Tolerant Plants

Arctostaphylos by Heidi Wohlwend

Spring is fast approaching even if rain is not. This year it makes great sense to add drought-tolerant plants to your garden. Luckily our nursery has always propagated numerous plants from California and other mediterranean climates that lack summer water.

Plant Sale Preview


3/10 Chinese Plants for Food & Medicine for 2012
Local ethnobotanist and horticulture teacher Thomas Wang will lead class participants through our collection of Asian plants and explain how they are used in Chinese food and medicine.
3/15 Drawing Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil
Learn to draw in colored pencil with the first flowers of spring. Exploring such techniques as blending, burnishing and impressed line, we will work in the classroom with a seasonal variety of flowers, or outdoors if weather permits.
3/17 Growing Spring Edibles in Containers
From Inca berries to kale, with the right soil and sun, you too can grow salad on your fire-escape!
3/24 Garden Photography - Think Like a Camera
Renowned garden photographer and SFBG Photography Program Director, Saxon Holt will lead this intensive all-day workshop. If you're interested in garden photography and want to learn from an expert, this is your opportunity.
Spring Gems Of Dr. Don Mahoney's Garden

Don will walk you through the process of transforming an abandoned backyard into a sensitive and beautiful habitat. Come start your morning in Don's mini East Bay Botanical Garden!

Etch your "Story in the Stones" by March 31

Natalie and George paver

Reserve your tribute paver by March 31 to be included in the Spring Dedication. This will be the last time that tribute pavers are available at these donation levels! Download the order form or contact Heidi Wohlwend at or (415) 564-3239 ext. 304.

Download the Tribute Paver order form