SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : August 8, 2006
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The next plant sale starts in four days!

General Sale with Shade Plants

August 12

2006 Plant Sale Schedule

8/12 - General Sale with Shade Plants
9/9 - General Sale with 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 this August, the "Matilija Poppy" otherwise known as the "fried egg poppy" is the largest of California's wildflowers. Check out Romneya coulteri in the Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with interesting facts, photos and a plant profile.
Matilija Poppy
At the Garden: Issue No. 7  |  August 2006
From the Director

Dear Friends,

The worst heat of this very hot summer has abated, at least as I write this, but it's still warm. So it's time to visit the Botanical Garden Nursery on Saturday, August 12 and select some cool and cooling shade plants. Shade loving California natives, ferns, begonias -- all lend an air of coolness to our summer gardens. While you're at the Nursery drop into the Redwood Grove and really cool off. I was down there today, and there must be a 15% difference in temperature the second you walk into the Grove. This is, of course, one of the many reasons we need more trees and plants of all kinds replaced on this beautiful planet. As some of you know, I do my part by stuffing as many plants into my garden as possible. Not all of you are such plantaholics, but, in San Francisco, there's always room for one (or two) more shade lovers in your garden!

Best regards,


Michael McKechnie
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

Classes & Events

Late Summer Skies
Even from the City, you can see more constellations than you think. Bring your binoculars and join us after hours for a Summer stargazing walk in the Garden.
Dazzling Dahlias
Celebrate the peak of our dahlia season and learn insider techniques of dahlia care with Dr. Erik Geansler.
Chinese Brush Painting
Celebrated artist Feng Chen teaches students at all levels even those with no previous experience - to create amazing paintings in a refined style.
Adult Docent Training
Interested in learning more about plants and the natural world? Thinking about ways to share your knowledge? Saturday docent training starts soon!


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.


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

Ornamental Trees

Trees are a long term investment in shade, beauty and habitat. Learn how to choose and care for your trees with Charmain Giuliani.


Garden Feast 2006
A Benefit Luncheon in the Garden
Celebrating the Bond between People & Plants

Michael Pollanwith guest speaker Michael Pollan, award-winning author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire


Join Honorary Chairs Marianne and Richard Peterson for a relaxed gourmet gardening event acknowledging the importance of sustainable gardens and organic foods. Special guest speaker, Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, will share his thoughts on sustainable living.

Guests are encouraged to don their favorite gardening hat, and enjoy the garden party of the year. Festivities will include a tasting of epicurean treats by local purveyors of organic products and a silent auction offering rare plants and specialty tours of businesses promoting sustainable practices. Following the "tasting" reception, guests will be treated to a sumptuous mid-day meal crafted by jZcool featuring local organic and sustainably produced ingredients.

Proceeds benefit San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and its conservation education programs.

Tickets start at $175. For tickets and additional information,
Call: (415) 564-3239, Ext. 304
Email: gardenfeast@sfbotanicalgarden.org or
Visit our website.

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.