At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter: June 2012
  The story of the Zellerbach Garden & summer family fun!

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter


The Zellerbach Garden Now in Bloom

June 9 Plant Sale

Kids Growing in the Garden

Children's Books now Circulating

Spotlight on: California's Flowering Perennial and Shrub Borders

Levi's Takes on the Hill

Dates to
Next Plant Sale
June 9

Children's Storytime & Family Walk
June 17 & July 1

Expanded Spring and Summer Hours
Visiting hours

Summer Gardening Fair
August 4


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

On exhibit at the Library through August

With a name like hybrid monkey hand tree, this botanical oddity is a must see in our Entry Garden this month. It's covered with golden "monkey hands" – strikingly convincing appendages formed from stamens that extend out of flower cups in clawlike fashion. The brainchild of a California nurseryman, x Chiranthofremontia lenzii was conceived in 1981 by crossing California native Fremontodendron with Chiranthodendron pentadactylon, or Mexican hand tree. Like any child, it has turned out to be an interesting and unpredictable mix of traits from both parents. Find out more about the hybrid monkey hand tree in this month's In Bloom feature, along with photos, a plant profile and exact location.
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At the Garden: Issue No. 76  |  June 2012
The Zellerbach Garden of Perennials
The Zellerbach Garden of Perennials

June to July is the perfect time of year to appreciate the full, colorful splendor of the Jennie B. Zellerbach Garden of Perennials. Learn more about the rich history associated with this garden, how it was designed and how our volunteers and gardeners care for this special place of repose within San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Visit the Zellerbach Garden

Next Plant Sale
Saturday, June 9

Kids Growing in the Garden

From garden crafts to treasure hunts, guided walks to story times, we have a bevy of fun and engaging activities to keep summer boredom at bay. Check out this special feature that includes all we have in store for the whole family.

Summer 2012 activities for the kids

   Library News
Children's Books Now Circulating

One of the special treasures of the Library is its collection of children's literature on plants and nature. Now for the first time, this unique collection is available to take home to enjoy with your children, students, and families.

More about this new service

Upcoming Classes
California's Flowering Perennial and Shrub Borders: - How to Design Your Own

Learn how to create year-round color in foliage and flower for Bay Area gardens through English-style borders.
(June 9)

A Pictorial Trip to the Cloud Forests of Indonesia, Costa Rica and Ecuador (June 13)
Beautiful Rare Palms for Bay Area Gardens (June 16)
How to Graft Roses (June 23)
One-Day-Only Photography with Judith Schiff, professional nature photographer/educator (July 28)

Levi's Takes on the Hill

On May 3, a hard-working crew of Levi-Strauss volunteers tackled Heidelberg Hill as part of a project to transform it into a Mediterranean Climate garden. Twenty-three volunteers generously donated their time and muscle as a part of Levi's Day, an annual event started eight years ago as a way for Levi's to give back to the San Francisco community. In addition to these volunteer efforts, Levi's contributed $5,000 to the project, which now displays stunning boulders and beautiful blue-green grasses that grace the base of the Hill.

The Heidelberg Hill project, a testament to San Franciscan generosity, kicked off last month when a group of volunteers from removed decades of entrenched ivy and planted mediterranean climate plants. Salesforce also generously contributed $5,000 to the project. Volunteer Services is currently seeking other corporate groups to tackle the next steps. Contact Carol Laughlin, Volunteer Services Manager, at for more details.