SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : September 6, 2006
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3 days
until the next plant sale!

General Sale with Native Plants & Succulents

September 9


A printable version of the new Fall Course Catalog is now available for download from our website.

Plant Sale Schedule

9/9 - General Sale with Native Plants & Succulents
10/14 - Trees, Ferns & Rhododendrons
11/11 - End-of-the-Season Sale


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

from SFBG

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


Growing to the size of a small tree in six months, Eupatorium purpureum stands tall on strong stems, making an excellent border for the back of the late summer/early fall garden. Spot it along the south border of the lawn "allee" (alley) leading to the Zellerbach Garden of Perennials and in this month's In Bloom feature.
Eupatorium purpureum - Joe Pye Weed
At the Garden: Issue No. 8  |  September 2006
From the Director

Dear Friends,

Sometimes there is just no better way to celebrate a beautiful garden than to invite 500 of your closest friends for an alfresco luncheon. Once again, a magical dining tent will be center stage on the Great Meadow for Garden Feast. This year we will begin the festivities in the adjacent Demonstration Garden sampling local organic nibbles grown sustainably.

Garden Feast 2006

Remember when "organic" really meant "hard to chew"? Well that's all over now. The tasting reception in the Demonstration Garden and the luncheon prepared by sustainable caterer jZcool Catering Co. will surprise and delight you. I've had three of jZcool's meals, and I'm here to tell you, they are delicious!

If you haven't yet guessed, this year's Garden Feast is all about sustainability. Our speaker, Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, will share his thoughts on sustainable living. If, like me, you have not yet read this book, I suggest you contact our Garden Bookstore or drop by and pick up a copy. (I'm on my way there right now!)

So bring your friends, enjoy this remarkable Garden, and feel good about learning more of what sustainability is all about -- including how you can support the planet every day while enjoying its bounty. This is going to be one fun event. I look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards,


Michael McKechnie
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

Classes & Events

Harvest Moon - September
This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. Traditions of Japanese moon viewing will be shared by the lovely Moon Viewing pond.
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.
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.
Yoga in the Garden
Join us for a 90 minute yoga practice followed by tending one of the garden collections. Meet at the Main Gate; bring water, a bag lunch and your yoga mat.
Holiday Botanicals and Card Design
Create and construct beautiful cards and festive gifts for the holidays with botanical Illustrator Mary Harden. All levels welcome.


Designing Your Garden with California Native Plants
Learn about the many uses of California native plants in your garden from the experts.


Fall in the Feather River Country of the Northern Sierra
Enjoy an Autumn weekend getaway to the unspoiled Feather River north of Oroville with field botanist Glenn Keator.
Glimpses of Early Autumn in a Medley of Garden Gems
Join Barbara and John Hopper, for a memorable day visiting a beautiful selection of awarded designer gardens.
Sustainability Tour
If you're interested in the issues of locally grown food, ecology and gardening, and want to explore the dream of a sustainable future, this is the tour for you.
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.


Exploring Our spiritual connection to plants

Plants have long played a fundamental role in the spiritual lives of people around the world as food for thought, medicine for the soul. Experience an amazing journey with inspiring speakers, botanical refreshments, drummers, and more.


Join us at the Garden Party of the Year!
Garden Feast
Annual Benefit Luncheon in the Garden Celebrating the Bond between People & Plants

Reserve a seat today--tickets are going fast!

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

Festivities will include a "tasting" reception of organic treats by local purveyors and a silent auction offering rare plants and specialty tours of businesses promoting sustainable practices. Guests will be treated to a sumptuous mid-day meal crafted by jZcool featuring local organic and sustainably produced ingredients.


11AM Wednesday, September 27, 2006


San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco


Go to our website
Call: (415) 564-3239, Ext. 304
Email: gardenfeast@sfbotanicalgarden.org

Tickets start at $175. Proceeds benefit San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and its conservation education programs.

Members-Only Event
After-hours Aperitifs

Reminding SFBGS members that the next Members-Only "After-hours Aperitifs" event will be held Thursday, October 19. Please come and join us for some light refreshments and lively conversation at our quarterly "members' mixer." Josie Iselin and Mary Ellen Hannibal will join us to sign copies of their new book, leaves & pods, celebrating the beauty and diversity of leaves and the protective pods that cradle their seeds. Copies will be available for purchase at the event, as well as gift memberships to SFBGS. Watch your mailbox for your invitation! Reservations are required. Please call (415) 564-3239, ext. 303 or register online at rsvp@sfbotanicalgarden.org.


October 19
5:00PM - 7:00PM

SFBG Auditorium (County Fair Bldg.)

Not a member of SFBGS, or need to renew your membership? It's easy! Just log onto our website to purchase or renew your membership, or call the Membership Department at (415) 564-3239, ext. 303.