SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : June 6, 2006
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The next plant sale starts in four days!

General Sale with Perennials: June 10

2006 Plant Sale Schedule

Art Exhibits


Dear Friends,

Many of you have enjoyed the Library Terrace Garden overlooking the Great Lawn and fountain here in the heart of the Botanical Garden. It's secluded enough for a restful moment, yet open enough to view the Great Meadow. The 12th century monastery stones that set it off are always a source of pleasure for visitors. One of the attractions of this garden has been that it is sheltered, relatively warm and sunny. Unfortunately for the plants in that garden there was too much sun, and it has lately had the appearance of being scorched. Now, the entire garden has been replanted with some wonderful material from around the entire Botanical Garden that is sun loving and colorful. I've been caught dashing out to look at it as plants arrive and are planted. Come see for yourself. I think you'll agree that it's a great improvement.

Oh, and on June 29 the Botanical Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers will host more than 400 garden professionals attending the American Public Gardens Association annual meeting held here in San Francisco. Jim Henrich has been doing a wonderful job of spiffing up the place. Company's coming!

Enjoy your June,


Michael McKechnie
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

The Ins and Outs of Gardening with Succulents
Learn the best techniques for growing succulents everywhere you want them - indoors, outdoors on the patio, and in the ground.
Blossom - The Art of Flowers
Join noted Botanical Illustrator Mary Harden as we discover the techniques of drawing and painting flowers from every angle.
Papermaking Workshop
Learn to make handmade paper, washi, from abaca, a traditional Asian fiber from Manila hemp.
Summer SOULutionary Series
cosponsored by the SF Urban Permaculture Guild

This dynamic group of SOULutioneers are connected to the growing Permaculture movement and are making a transformative difference in their own lives and communities as well as yours.
Conserving Hawaii's Vanishing Flora
The National Tropical Botanical Garden of Hawaii is working to stem the tide of extinction. Come and learn how this important organization was "dreamed into existence" and how their conservation, research and education programs are making a difference.

New Zealand Tour
Explore the magic of New Zealand, an odyssey for plant lovers. Sponsored by SFBG & the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum with Tom Sauceda and Jan Coyle.

Class Spotlight

Permaculture Design Certification

Six weekends in the summer starting June 9th
Learn how to design from within nature and to create sustainable living systems in this inaugural Permaculture Design Certification course.


After Hours Aperitifs
Celebrate the Summer Solstice!

Thursday, June 22, 2006 from 5 - 7 pm

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society Members-Only Event

Join us in the Demonstration Gardens, just inside the main entrance of the Garden at 9th Avenue and Lincoln, for music, libations and light hors d’oeuvres. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the CFB Auditorium. Reservations are required. Call Stephanie at (415) 564-3239, ext. 303 for more information, or RSVP at rsvp@sfbotanicalgarden.org.

This is a Members-Only event. If you’d like to become a member or renew your membership to attend this special event, please visit www.sfbotanicalgarden.org or phone 415.564.3239, ext. 303. Please bring your membership card to expedite your enjoyment.


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Eschscholzia californica

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