At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter: December 2012
  Explore Distinct Australian Flora, Holiday Wreath Making & Last Chance for Library Art Exhibit

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter
San Francisco Botanical Garden
  In December

December 8 Holiday Wreath Making - Adult Designer Class    SIGNUP ONLINE!

December 8 Wreath Making Workshop for Families    SIGNUP ONLINE!

December 16 Winter Wonderland with Children's Storytime & Family Walk

  Coming Soon


January 2 – April 30 Art Exhibit: Ernest Clayton: California Wildflower Images

January 6 & 20 Fabled Fruit & Flowers with Children's Storytime & Family Walk

January 6 Birding at the Garden

January 12 Christmas Bird Count4Kids

January 24 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

January 25 Magnolias by Moonlight

January 31 Magnolia Mixology


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 >>

Next Exhibit
Ernest Clayton painted a series of nearly 200 watercolors of the California native plants that he saw on his many walks around Marin County from 1938–1952. His granddaughters often accompanied him on his excursions and have organized this exhibit of giclée prints, running January – April 2013.

The Australian Garden: Designing with Australian Plants
The Australian Garden: Designing with Australian Plants
by Diana Snape

About this book >>

Great Botanical Gifts at the Bookstore
Cavellini Calendars Peruse our selection of calendars and find other great gifts at the Garden Bookstore.

Click for more on Correa spp.
We give Correa, December's featured plant, high marks for yielding lovely flowers while requiring such little maintenance. This easygoing shrub from Australia is drought-tolerant, frost-tolerant, happy in sun or in shade, and grows easily in our mediterranean climate. All it asks for is a little well-drained soil, and it rewards us with a bloom time that can go as long as from October to April. Find out more in this month's In Bloom feature, along with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.


A not-to-be-missed floral spectacle as nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias at San Francisco Botanical Garden erupt in a fragrant riot of vibrant pink and white flowers. Coming Mid-January–March
The unusual & the unexpected
Australia Garden at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Winter is a great time of year to get lost in the Australian Garden. You can stand in any one spot and see dozens of wildly different shapes and textures without moving an inch.

Explore the Australia Garden >>

Wreath Making Workshops

Wreath Making Workshop Join us this Saturday for this beloved annual event as we make spectacular holiday wreaths with cuttings from our Garden. (Saturday, Dec. 8)

Adult Designer Workshop

Family Wreath Making Workshop

A Time to Give

A Time to Give This year, visitors from around the world experienced the Botanical Garden as a place of enchantment in which nature in all its glory was enjoyed. The Garden provides solace in our chaotic world.

In this time of giving, we ask for your support to help sustain this special Garden and our programs.

Donate Now >>

   Youth Education
Shed Warming in the Children's Garden

October 31, 2012 was a day to remember – Halloween, the San Francisco Giants victory parade, and most important of all, the shed warming in the Children's Garden!


Restoration Continues in the Wildest Part of the Garden

Ten energetic volunteers from Exygy worked on the John Muir trail last month and did the first replanting in two years.

Read the report >>

   New Faces
Welcoming Director of Development Rose Adams

SFBGS welcomes our newest staff member, Director of Development Rose Adams.

About Rose >>