At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter: September 2012
  Prehistoric fun with Dino Discovery & "living fossils" in the Ancient Plant Garden and art exhibits

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

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Dino Discovery: Prehistoric Fun this fall in Golden Gate Park happening now!

Walk among "living fossils" in the Ancient Plant Garden

September 8 Plant Sale featuring Native Plants & Succulents

Members-Only 2-for-1 Admission to "Do Not Destroy"

Corporate volunteers lend a helping hand

New Grant Supports Plant Mapping Project

Upcoming Classes


"Drawing Nature" Artists Reception
September 6

"A Walk Through Time"
September 6

Next Plant Sale
September 8

SFBGS Members get 2-for-1 Admission at Contemporary Jewish Museum
through Sept. 9

Dino Discovery Members-only Free Day
September 13

"Botanicals" Artists Reception
September 13

Children's Storytime & Family Walk
September 16

Classes throughout the month
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Botanical art exhibit artists reception benefitting SFBGS
New botanical art exhibit at PHOTO!
benefits SFBGS

Artists reception Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
473 25th St., Oakland

Info & photos >>


Drawing Nature
Drawing Nature

With a focus on the changing colors of autumn and the holiday season, the Sonoma County Colored Pencil Artists bring us this stunning new botanical art exhibit. Runs through December 30.

Artists reception Thursday, September 6, 5:00pm – 7:00pm >>

Thought to be extinct for over 100 million years, the Wollemi pine, one of the world's oldest and rarest trees, has done a pretty good job of hiding over the past millennium or so since people starting classifying plants. In 1994, David Noble, an officer of the New South Wales National Parks, first discovered a grove of these "living fossils" at the bottom of a remote canyon in Australia. His discovery is thought to be one of the most significant botanical discoveries since the dawn redwood, nearly 70 years earlier. 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. 79  |  September 2012
   On Your Next Visit
Dino Discovery

This fall, sink your teeth into prehistoric fun in Golden Gate Park, where dinosaurs and ancient plants spring to life at three unique destinations. San Francisco Botanical Garden, California Academy of Sciences and the Conservatory of Flowers, are all offering a variety of dinosaur-themed programs and events, and are all within easy walking distance of one another.

Learn more about Dino Discovery programs, activities and events! >>

Dino Discovery Members-only Free Day

On Thursday, September 13, members of the California Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers, and San Francisco Botanical Garden are invited to visit any of the three destinations at no charge. Show your membership card at the ticket window for free entry. One membership card valid for one free entry only.

Become a Member >>

   Featured Garden
Ancient Plant Garden
Walk Among "Living Fossils" in the Ancient Plant Garden

What is old is new again, and again, thanks to evolution. One of the most visceral and enjoyable ways to experience time unfolding is in our Ancient Plant Garden. Tunnel your vision from any number of purviews here and you can imagine dinosaurs grazing just beyond the fern fronds.

Sign up for the Sept. 6 Guided Walk >>

Explore the Ancient Plant Garden >>

Next plant sale:
This Saturday, September 8
Members-Only 2-for-1 Admission to "Do Not Destroy"

The Contemporary Jewish Museum's (CJM) art exhibit, Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art and Jewish Thought has been extended until September 9th. CJM and SFBGS are offering 2-for-1 admission for members of both organizations through the end of the exhibit. Show your member card at admissions to take advantage of this offer.

More About the Exhibit >>

   Garden News
New Grant Supports Plant Mapping Project

GIS Map The Institute of Museum and Library Services has funded a grant to support the next two years of our GIS mapping project.

Read the report >>

Corporate Volunteers Lend a Helping Hand

This summer the Garden was fortunate to host several volunteer groups. In all, more than 150 volunteers came and donated their time and labor to the Garden.

Read the report >>

Upcoming Classes
Basic Fall Pruning: Pruning Tips & Techniques (Sept. 15)
Landscaping with Grasses: A Winning Strategy for Your Garden! (Sept. 22)
Autumn Leaves in Colored Pencil (Sept. 27)
Japanese Full Moon Viewing Party (Sept. 28)
Grow Vegetables, Flowers and Fruits All Year Round from Small Spaces (Oct. 13)