SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : April 4, 2006
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San Francisco Botanical Garden


Next Plant Sale:
April 8- General Sale with Epiphyllums

2006 Plant Sale Schedule

Poppies of the World

Daily Tours

I had to buy another umbrella today! I thought I could finish the year without one more umbrella purchase, but no! The good news is that our reservoirs are full to the brim, and we will have plenty of water to keep this great Botanical Garden going all summer and autumn. I know you are as anxious as I am to get a little sun and warmth on our rain-soaked gardens. Then stand back! I can't wait for this place to just pop.

Your responses to our first email newsletter were gratifyingly, overwhelmingly positive, so we will continue to keep you informed about courses, tours, events and plant sales. Spring is such a forward looking time, and this one is no exception for your Botanical Garden.

I hope to see you here very soon.

Michael McKechnie

Michael McKechnie
Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

Plein Air Garden Painting more
Palm Saturday more
Camellia Day more
White By Night more
Chinese Brush Painting more
Fabulous Containers
Wildflower and Butterfly Walk more
Mid-Spring Skies
Horticultural Therapy - Healing Gardens more
Late Spring Skies
Co-Sponsored Lectures  
CALIFORNIA HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Medical Ethnobotany of California more
CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY: A Spring Evening in the Arthur Menzies Garden more
Trips & Tours
Field Trip to Santa Cruz Island more
Special Events
Discovering New Zealand - A Wine and Cheese Evening more
Yoga in the Garden - Commune and Connect with the Earth more

Class Spotlight

Cob Construction Workshop

Sat, April 22, 10am-3pm
Using earth, clay and straw to build garden structures is an ancient art. Learn how easy and beautiful cob construction can be at a hands-on workshop in one of SF best kept community gardens.


39th Annual Spring Plant Sale
Members-Only Preview Sale & Silent Auction

Friday, May 5 from 5 - 8pm
County Fair Building at SFBG
9th Avenue at Lincoln Way
Golden Gate Park

Please join us for the SFBGS Members' Preview Sale and Silent Auction on May 5. Members will receive first pick of more than 4,000 different kinds of plants, many exclusive to the SFBG Nursery, especially suitable for Bay Area gardens. Knowledgeable volunteers will be available to answer questions and help you choose the best plants for your special garden, whether a container on your patio or a country estate.

The event will feature a Silent Auction and a great selection of new and vintage books and unique garden gifts for sale. Wine and refreshments will be served, and valet parking will be available from 3:30pm - 8:30pm.

If you'd like to become a member or renew your membership to attend this special preview event, please sign-up online, or phone 415.564.3239, ext. 303.

This is a Members-Only event. Please bring your membership card for express entry. "Avid Gardener" members receive admission for one. If you'd like to bring a friend, please consider becoming a "Garden Friend" member for an additional $15 by calling 415.564.3239, ext. 303. Memberships will also be available at the door.


Geranium maderense
Geranium maderense

Native to Madeira, an island off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, Geranium maderense is an example of what can happen, botanically speaking, to a seed that may have floated on driftwood, been carried in a bird's beak, been caught in the hoof of a goat, or blown by the wind to its new island home.

Find out more about Geranium maderense,
including photos, locations and a plant profile.