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

General Sale with Salvias & Shrubs:
July 8

2006 Plant Sale Schedule

7/8 - Gen Sale w/Salvias & Shrubs
8/5 - Summer Gardening Fair
8/12 - Gen Sale w/Shade Plants
9/9 - Gen Sale w/Native Plants & Succulents
10/14 - Trees, Ferns & Rhododendrons
11/11 - End-of-the-Season Sale

Art Exhibits

Color, Texture, Form / Decay: Photographs of the Garden Cycle

Art Exhibit image

Julie Jaycox, uses her camera to observe the life cycles of plants, finding interest and beauty in every stage of growth.

July - September 2006
Art Exhibits Details



Featuring art from our own collection. On sale for $9.95

Daily Tours

Departing from SFBGS Bookstore (Main Gate)
Mon-Fri: 1:30pm Sat/Sun: 10:30am & 1:30pm

Departing from Friend Gate
(North Entrance)
Wed/Fri/Sun: 2pm

Daily Tour Info

Bird Watching

Birding at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Explore birding at SFBGS with our interpretive walks.

Birding for Everyone

This leisurely birding tour and nature hike tromps through the exciting microhabitats of the Garden. All ages welcome.

Birding in SFBG

Join us for this very popular Sunday morning walk interpreted by our field ornithologist and garden docent.

Children's Events

Fun for children and their families.

Children's Storytime and Family Walk

In bloom in July, the "California Tree Poppy" is lighting up hillsides from Sonoma to Baja. Check out Dendromecon hartfordii in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and locations.
California Tree Poppy
At the Garden: Issue No. 6  |  July 2006
From the Director

Dear Friends,

The night after the Summer Solstice we had our quarterly membership event in the Demonstration Garden with music, wine and hors d'oeuvres. It was a different atmosphere in part because it was WARM! The fog moved in right at 7:00 as the party was breaking up. Good timing.

The last week of June was focused on hosting the delegates to the American Botanical Gardens Association annual conference. More than 600 attended, and the Conservatory of Flowers and the Botanical Garden hosted almost 500 attendees for cocktails, tours and a dinner here at the Botanical Garden. The weather was perfect, and our guests made themselves right at home.

The theme of this year's conference was Sustainability. It's what all serious garden institutions are talking about, and most are doing something about it, too. It is exhilarating to see botanical gardens all over the United States and abroad taking a leading role in educating the public about the challenges of species extinction as well as providing research and rescue missions to protect and preserve endangered plant species.

I thought you would want to know that something is being done, and that your affiliation with this Botanical Garden is supporting that activity on behalf of the environment. Thanks for your support.

Best regards,


Michael McKechnie
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

Classes & Events
Summer Gardening Fair
Summer Gardening Fair

Postpone your Saturday chores and come to the Garden to meet local experts, buy special plants and have some Summertime fun.

Saturday, August 5th


Blossom - The Art of Flowers
Noted Botanical Illustrator Mary Harden makes the techniques of drawing and painting gorgeous garden flowers come alive.
California Native Perennials for the Garden
Learn to use water-wise native perennials to create seasonal color, fill in gaps between larger plants, and entice pollinators into the garden.


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.
Ferns from Around the World for Bay Areas Gardens
Join fern expert Martin Grantham to learn about these fascinating garden “must-haves.” Co-sponsored by the California Horticultural Society.
California Cynipid Wasps and Their Plant Galls
Co-sponsored with the California Native Plant Society. Join Dr. Katherine Shick for this informative presentation on the delicate balance of our native plant communities.


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.
Treasures of Japan:
Temples, Castles and Classical Gardens

Join us on an engaging journey, co-sponsored by the SF Botanical Garden Society and the California Academy of Sciences. Lead by our own Plant Collections Registrar Mona Bourell.

Class Spotlight

Papermaking Workshop

Learn to make beautiful, professional handmade paper from botanical materials using proven techniques you can replicate at home.


Looking for a way to simplify your life? Become a
Garden Keeper

At the request of some SFBGS members, a new membership category, Garden Keeper, has been developed for members who prefer to make recurring gifts to the Garden. As a Garden Keeper member, you agree to make an ongoing monthly gift of support. Your contributions can be deducted directly from your credit card or bank account. When it's time to renew, just enter a donation amount (minimum $11 per month). We ask you to make a 12-month commitment, but you are free to change or cancel your recurring gift at any time.

New Member Level:
Garden Keeper
$11 / month

When your monthly gift is made, you will receive a receipt of your donation. Once a year, we will send you a record of your giving history for tax purposes. Recurring gifts are not only a convenient, safe and secure way to make donations, they are the most effective means of raising support for the Garden, allowing more of your donation to go directly to our many high-quality programs.

You may even be able to double or triple the impact of your recurring gift to the Garden if your employer offers a matching gift program!

For more information on becoming a Garden Keeper Member through a recurring gift, please call (415) 564-3239, ext. 303 or visit our website.

Save the Date!

Save the Date for Garden Feast 2006: September 27, 2006Mark your calendar...
Garden Feast 2006
the annual benefit luncheon for San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2006, from 11am-2pm, on the rolling lawn of the Garden's Great Meadow. We are honored to have Michael Pollan, author or “Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” as our keynote speaker this year. Tickets start at $175. For information and reservations, call (415) 564-3239, ext. 304. Don’t miss it!