At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter: October 2012
  Prehistoric fun with Dino Discovery & Preserving Species from South American Bio Hotspots
  in the Andean Cloud Forest and Chilean Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

  In October

Now through November Dino Discovery continues

October 13 Plant Sale features Trees, Ferns & Rhododendrons

October 19 Curator Walk & Talk for Strybing Circle Members

October 21 Children's Storytime & Family Walk (Special Halloween Storytime October 28)


Coming next month Master Gardeners at the Plant Sales!

Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness
Cloud Forest
A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness
by Peter Matthiessen

About this book >>

new Calendars Make Great Gifts!
The Cavellini Calendars are here!

Cavellini Calendars Peruse our selection and pick them up at the Garden Bookstore.


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 botanical art exhibit. Runs through December 30.

About the Exhibit >>

The many interesting features of Cyathea cooperi have earned it multiple nicknames - lacy tree fern, scaly tree fern, coin spot tree fern… But despite a talent for reaching impressive heights or its beautiful display of lacy emerald-green fronds, arguably one of its most impressive features are its massive 'fiddleheads.' These baby fronds emerge from the top of the trunk like giant clenched fists showing their might and prowess. Find out more in this month's In Bloom feature, along with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Cyathea cooperi
At the Garden: Issue No. 80  |  October 2012
   Special Event
Dino Discovery

Continuing through November, visitors can sink their 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.

Dino Discovery activities and events >>

Next plant sale:
Saturday, Oct. 13
(Plant questions? Starting November, Master Gardeners will be on hand to help!)
   Featured Garden
Andean Cloud Forest: Bomarea spp. by James Gaither
Preserving Species from South American Bio Hotspots

This month, we invite you to explore two collections representing South American "biodiversity hotspots". These collections include species that are rapidly losing ground in their native lands. Contrast the budding Andean Cloud Forest with one of our original gardens, the Chilean Garden, both brimming with new plantings and blooming passifloras, salvias and fuchsias.

Explore the Andean Cloud Forest and Chilean Garden >>

Andean Cloud Forest Curator Walk & Talk especially for Strybing Circle Members >>

Upcoming Classes

New! Easy online registration now available. Simply find the class you want to take, click "Get Tickets" and pay with your credit card. Sign up for a class today!

Maples at SFBG (Saturday, Oct. 20)
Harvest Tea Party and Herbal Workshop (Sunday, Oct. 21)
The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop - Color and Light (Saturday, Oct. 27)

   Youth Education
Little Hands, Big Hands

Working in the Children's Garden

The Children's Garden grows and thrives thanks to the good work of thousands of small hands planting, weeding, and watering – but it wouldn't be the same without the hundreds of bigger hands that help out in the course of the year!

Read more & find out how you can help >>

   Garden News
Farewell Kitty Fisher

On Labor Day, Sept. 3, Kitty Fisher, Adult Education Coordinator retired from San Francisco Botanical Garden Society. What a fitting day to choose, since Kitty labored for the Society for 21 years.

Read our tribute >>

Event Volunteers Needed

Join the SFBGS Event Team, and help to create beautiful member and fundraising events here in the Botanical Garden. Assist in setting the scene, hospitality, greeting, and take down and encourage people to become members. It's a great way to attend events for free, meet new people and learn event management. Email Carol or call (415) 661-1316 ext. 412.