At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : April 2012
  Get ready for the biggest plant sale in Northern California on May 4th and 5th.

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New Hours Maximize Sunlight

45th Annual Plant Sale

Something is Growing in the Garden: Celebrating Expanded Hours and Services in the Library

Spotlight on: White by Night Moon Viewing Party

Teaching Ecoliteracy

One more sale before the Annual Plant Sale:
April 7


Expanded Spring and Summer Hours Now in Effect
Last entry extended to 6:00pm.

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.

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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.

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Visitors to the Botanical Garden get a big payoff this month as the wonderfully fragrant Rhododendron occidentale comes into full bloom. One of the West Coast's showiest bloomers, it explodes in shades of white to deep rosy pink with an orange-yellow blotched marking inside the flowers. It's not the easiest plant to grow at the Garden, and we've learned a thing or two about how to grow this picky shrub successfully. Read more about it in this month's In Bloom feature, and visit the Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants to experience it in its full glory.
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At the Garden: Issue No. 74  |  April 2012
New Hours Maximize Sunlight

We're pleased to announce new and extended spring and summer hours. Stop by after work for your own natural happy hour. Sit under a redwood with your loved one before you head out to a neighborhood restaurant. Pick up the kids from school and let them run in the Great Meadow. And be sure not to miss the Library Terrace at dusk – there's nothing quite like the lovely light there at the end of the day.

Come soon and come often! The Botanical Garden opens year-round at 9:00am. Last entry in spring and summer is 6:00pm, and closing is one hour later.

Visiting Information

   Garden News
45th Annual Plant Sale

45th Annual Plant Sale

On May 4th and 5th, plant lovers from the Bay Area and beyond will come to SFBG to find unusual and uncommon plants for their home gardens. From rare cloud forest tree dahlias to 40 different species native to San Francisco, we'll have over 4,000 different types of plants at our biggest annual sale ever. Gardening experts will be on hand to offer advice, and we've put together a comprehensive guide including photos, plant lists, plant profiles, shopping tips and even a floor plan to help you along your way.

All about the Annual Plant Sale
May 4th and 5th

The Annual Plant Sale needs you!

Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs from April 30 to May 5 to support the Annual Plant Sale. This is an enormous undertaking and is run almost entirely by volunteers. Please join us to make one of the Garden's biggest fundraisers a resounding success. Contact Carol Laughlin, Volunteer Services Manager at (415) 661-1316 ext. 412, or via email.

   Special Event
Something is Growing in the Library

Come and help us celebrate expanded services and hours in the Library on Sunday, April 15th!

We invite children, families, and friends of the Library to come and celebrate our growing children's services and expanded hours at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture. Enjoy a special story time reading, dig into a dirt cake, and take a guided walk through the Botanical Garden at this FREE event.

More about the library celebration

   Upcoming Classes

Monday Morning Photography: Photo Shoot (April 16)
San Francisco Botanical Garden Tour - Featuring Gardens by Janet Moyer Landscaping (May 12)
Natural Remedies: Medicinal Plants in the Garden (May 13)
South African Plants for California Gardens and How to Grow Them (May 19)
California's Flowering Perennial and Shrub Borders: How to Design Your Own (June 9)
White by Night Moon Viewing Party

Share traditions of Japanese moon viewing at the Garden's lovely Moon Viewing Pond. (April 6)

   Teacher Training
Teaching Ecoliteracy

Ecoliteracy, or "earth smarts" is an idea that is gaining a lot of ground. How do we teach students about the importance of the environment and their place within it? How do we ensure that our children understand the natural processes upon which all life depends? How can we find the lessons in nature that reinforce concepts of math, science, reading and beyond?

SFBGS, along with five partner organizations, is proud to present Ecoliteracy at SFUSD, a brand new professional development program that shows teachers how to use the schoolyard as a tool for integrated learning. This program is offered exclusively to SFUSD teachers.

More about the June 4–8 workshop