SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : October 11, 2006
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3 days
until the next plant sale!

Trees, Ferns & Rhododendrons

October 14

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

Plant Sale Schedule

10/14 - Trees, Ferns & Rhododendrons
11/11 - End-of-the-Season Sale


Between Science and Art: Work in Botanical Illustration

art by Mary E. Conley

Work created by artists in the Botanical Illustration courses taught by Mary L. Harden at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

October 1- December 30
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

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Commonly known as the "California fuchsia," Epilobium canum is really not a true fuchsia at all — though formerly classified as Zauschneria, botanists have re-classified it, grouped it with the fireweeds, and changed its name to theirs: Epilobium. Spot it in the Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants and in this month's In Bloom feature.
Epilobium canum - California Fuchsia
At the Garden: Issue No. 9  |  October 2006
From the Director

Dear Friends,

You are going to love the new art exhibit going up this month in the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture. I've seen it, and I must say I had a rather emotional response to it. A positive emotional response! This exhibit is the work of many student artists taught by Mary Harden who has been teaching botanical illustration here for a number of years. I just saw today an informal exhibit of the work of, I'd say, 25 to 30 of her students, and it is magical!

These fledgling artists have captured not only the beauty of plants but also something deeper about their very nature, almost as if they've provided a window into their little plant souls. The hard work, the inspiration and, yes, the love these budding illustrators have packed into their work is awesome.

The art is also beautifully matted and framed, and prints as well as originals are for sale in the library. There will be an official opening on the evening of October 18. You really should try to come.

As I told the artists today, there are so many ways to become drawn into the natural world. This is one of the most concentrated and beautiful I have seen recently. Falling in love with the natural world is what makes us all want to assure that beautiful plants will be around for all future generations to enjoy.

Hats off to Mary Hardin because she's a great artist and a great teacher. Her students love her and they give their all. Come see the results in the Library!

And speaking of wonderful art, check out the new 2007 calendars on sale at the Bookstore. They're produced by Cavallini & Co. in Italy, but they use superb images of antique floral prints from the Botanical Garden's Horticultural Library rare book collection. They make great gifts for special occasions and for the holidays coming up.

Warm regards,


Michael McKechnie
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

Classes & Events

Holiday Botanicals and Card Design
Create and construct beautiful cards and festive gifts for the holidays with botanical Illustrator Mary Harden. All levels welcome.
Mid-Autumn Skies
Join Bing Quok from Cal Academy to observe and learn about seasonal skies.
Choosing and Caring for Salvias
Join salvia expert Betsy Clebsch to learn how to choose the perfect salvia for your garden.
Wreath-Making Workshop
Bring the family for a holiday wreath making day using greens from our Garden.


Love it, Grow it; How to propagate plants for fun and profit
Learn proven propogation techniques. Co-sponsored with the California Horticultural Society.
The Effect of Global Climate Change on California Horticulture
Understand the how climate changes can affect your garden. Co-sponsored with the California Horticultural Society.
How to Make and Use Biodiesel
Learn about fuel made from natural resources in this hands-on workshop.


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.


Family Field Trip Day
Bring the family to explore garden activities at stations throughout the Garden.


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.


Only 8 more days until the next Members-Only Event
After-hours Aperitifs
leaves & pods book cover

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. A guided tour of the South Africa Garden will begin at 5:30 pm. Watch your mailbox for your invitation! Reservations are required. Please call (415) 564-3239, ext. 303 or register via email 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.

Visit a San Francisco treasure to support SFBG!
Tour the local garden "Torre San Gimignano"

On Sunday, October 15, visit the private garden of Torre San Gimignano, 140 Laidley Street, San Francisco, between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program.

Thanks to the generosity of garden hosts Richard Ingraham and Bill Gregory, a portion of the proceeds from this Open Day will be shared with the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum.


Sunday, October 15

Torre San Gimignano
140 Laidley St., San Francisco

Garden Conservancy's web site.