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

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter


Go Native! California Native Garden is Now in Bloom

45th Annual Plant Sale

Savanna! Earns Top Honors at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

Art Exhibit: Roland and Barbara Pitschel's Collection of California Native Plants

Spotlight on: Natives in Bloom Walk

New Hours Maximize Sunlight

Smallest Kids, Tallest Trees

Thank you, Salesforce!

Only 2 days until the 45th Annual



A Librarian's Collection
"A Librarian's Collection"

On exhibit at the Library through August

Special Reception
Honoring the Pitschels' gift and the Library Art Program will take place Saturday, May 19 from 3:00pm–6:00pm

The 45th Annual Plant Sale
Expanded Spring and Summer Hours Now in Effect
Children's Storytime
May 6 & 20

Art Reception

A Treat for

Take time to smell the flowers this Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13. Spend some quality time with your mom at the Garden. The first 100 mothers to enter the Garden will receive a flower of their own.

Visiting Info >>

Evocative of knights and fairy tales, the western sword fern creates an aura of enchantment in the Botanical Garden's Redwood Grove. Alongside redwood sorrel, buzzing dragonflies and the musky scent of decomposition, it thrives in the understory of towering redwoods. Experience the sunlight filtering through the redwood branches and spotlighting the brilliant green of the sword ferns below on your next visit – it's one of many magical experiences you'll have at the Garden. Find out more about the western sword fern in this month's In Bloom feature, along with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
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At the Garden: Issue No. 75  |  May 2012
   Garden News
California Native Garden by Saxon Holt Go Native! California Native Garden is Now in Bloom

April and May are the best times to experience California natives at the peak of their bloom. Take in bright blue wild lilac amidst a carpet of meadowfoam, iris, poppies and other amazing plants in the Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants. This garden is awash in color, buzzing with pollinators and awaiting your next visit. Join us in celebrating one of San Francisco Botanical Garden's most cherished gardens with this special feature, including art, resources, photos, events and more!

Learn more about California Natives

   Plant Sale
45th Annual Plant Sale

This Friday and Saturday, plant lovers from the Bay Area and beyond will come to SFBG to find unusual 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 huge annual sale. Volunteers 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 shop.

May 4 Members-Only Preview Sale & Silent Auction

May 5 Public Sale

Featuring: Unique, Hard-to-Find Edibles at the Sale

OcaThree exciting heirloom vegetables originating from Japan and South America will be offered at our Annual Plant Sale this year. These "lost crops" are nutritious and will grow in our Bay Area climate. Pick up a few at the Annual Plant Sale and try them out in your garden!

More about these heirloom vegetables >>

   Special Event
Savanna! Earns Top Honors at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

Savannah! The Botanical Garden Society owes a very big thank you to Mike Boss of Rock & Rose Landscapes, John Greenlee of John Greenlee and Associates, and Suncrest Nurseries. They worked hard to create a labyrinth of tall grasses for public view, and came out winners...all for a good cause.

See pictures and read more

Upcoming Classes
Natives in Bloom Walk

Explore the Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants at its peak bloom time with Trustee and Docent Mary Pitts (May 11).

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)

   Youth Education
Smallest Kids, Tallest Trees

Director of Youth Education Annette Huddle, with support from the Save the Redwoods League, designed a school program in April especially for our youngest visitors to learn about redwood trees.

View photos

Thank you, Salesforce!

Salesforce volunteers on Heidelberg Hill Volunteers from Salesforce lend a hand to reshape Heidelberg Hill.

Take a closer look at the project