At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter: August 2012
  Mesoamerican Cloud Forest revels in summer fog & Shade Lovers dominate our August Sale.

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Our Mesoamerican Cloud Forest Embraces the Fog

August 11 Plant Sale featuring Shade Plants at the Arbor

Plant Yourself at the Summer Gardening Fair August 4th!

Treasures 2

Upcoming Classes

Stories in the Stones


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

Last chance to buy art from the Pitschel Collection. Exhibit ends August 31.

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Summer Gardening Fair
August 4

Next Plant Sale
August 11

Children's Storytime & Family Walk
August 5 & 19

Upcoming Art Exhibit: Drawing Nature
September 5 – December 30

Dino Discovery
Coming to Golden Gate Park: September 6 – November 10

Summer Fun Programs for Kids at the Botanical Garden
SFGate visits the Botanical Garden:
Read SFGate's report on our Summer Fun programs.

In the cloud forests of Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental, the extensive shade makes reaching sunlight imperative. And that's exactly what our featured athlete, Hydrangea seemannii, does best. This robust vine attains Olympic heights, and in one instance, has climbed over 40 feet up a Monterey cypress! It's at its peak right now in the Nurseryman's Garden with a massive display of lovely lacecap flowers. Find out more 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. 78  |  August 2012
   On Your Next Visit
Mesoamerican Cloud Forest
embraces the fog

While San Franciscans bemoan the return of summer fog, our Mesoamerican Cloud Forest revels in the natural air-conditioning our climate provides. Trek through its dense foliage this month and you'll feel transported to Central America. Against a backdrop of deep green, encounter Fuchsia boliviana's pendulous scarlet blooms and Bomarea's brilliant cascade of yellow and orange. Visit this month and discover even more – we think that this garden will help you embrace the fog!

Explore our Mesoamerican Cloud Forest

Next plant sale:
Sat. August 11

Plant Yourself at the Summer Gardening Fair August 4th!

An annual tradition here at the Botanical Garden, the Summer Gardening Fair is a free, fun and friendly gathering of plant enthusiasts sharing ideas, plants and plant-related items. Come to the Fair to join a local plant club, buy plants and gardening products, or simply enjoy a day among plant lovers!

Vendors and Garden Clubs at the Fair

   Special Event
Treasures 2

June Paver DedicationDon't miss a very special reprise exhibit of Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum: Watercolor Paintings by Mary L. Harden and her Master Artists on exhibit at the Bay Model in Sausalito August 6–26.

About the Exhibit

Upcoming Classes
Weeds, Pests and the Rest! Sustainable Solutions to Garden Dilemmas (August 18)
Garden-Style Propagation with Martin Grantham, SF State Greenhouse Manager (August 25)

   Support the Garden
Stories in the Stones

June Paver Dedication On a bright Saturday in June, over a hundred donors gathered at the Fountain Plaza for a very meaningful celebration of their stories now set in the granite paving stones around the fountain. Join us in celebrating these stories by adding yours. A limited amount of pavers are still available!

See Photos from our June Dedication