At the Garden
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : November 8, 2006

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In this Issue
  • From the Director
  • New Classes & Events
  • Urban Oases: Creating Garden Sanctuaries in the City
  • Give the Gift of the Garden

3 days
until the last plant sale of the year!

End of the Season Sale

November 11

Fits in Your Pocket

Pocket-sized Plant Sale Schedule

Download the new 2007 Plant Sale Schedule

Donate Now to San Francisco Botanical Garden


A printable version of the Course Catalog is now available for download from our web site.


Between Science and Art: Work in Botanical Illustration

art by Nancy Jackson

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

Meet at the Main Gate near the Garden Bookstore. This leisurely birding tour and nature hike tromps through the exciting microhabitats of the Garden. Ages 7 and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring binoculars (if you have them) and a pencil.

Birding in SFBG

Meet at the Main Gate near the Garden Bookstore for this very popular Sunday morning walk. Allan Ridley is an experienced field ornithologist and Helen McKenna is a docent at the Botanical Garden. Together they will tell you about both the birds and plants seen in the Garden. Bring binoculars (if you have them).

Children's Events

Fun for children and their families.

Children's Storytime and Family Walk

These exotic winter bloomers native to the southern hemisphere add a touch of whimsy to the Bay Area garden with their "other-worldly" shapes and arrangements. Look for these fascinating Grevilleas throughout the Cape Province garden and in this month's In Bloom feature.
Grevillia ssp. - Protea
At the Garden: Issue No. 9  |  October 2006
From the Director

Dear Friends,

There is a lot going on in the Botanical Garden right now! The Children's Garden has been completely demolished (wait, that's a good thing; we planned it that way!) to make way for a greatly improved Children's Garden. It won't be one of those children's gardens complete with playground equipment, but it will be more level and accessible and better interpreted than it now is. All of this is thanks to the Shaw Fund who gave the Society $100,000 for the project, which already serves 10,000 San Francisco school kids every year.

The handsome Zellerbach Garden of Perennials is receiving its finishing touch with the demolition and repaving of the path between the older and newer sections. The renovation of the Garden of Fragrance is underway with repairs to the Saint Francis fountain, some new stonework, repaving and planting coming up.

The nearly final design of a woodsy pavilion for the Rhododendron Garden is nearing completion, and the construction and final planting of that garden should be completed by next summer. Plans for the interpretation and design of the Ancient Plant Garden are getting underway as well.

And, to top it all off, there was a simple and beautiful Strybing wedding held in the Demonstration Garden just last Saturday. We were honored that the great, great, grand niece of our foundress, Helene Strybing, chose this spot -- and a perfect autumn day -- for her wedding.

Of very important note, we have a new Garden Director. John Peterson, PhD began work with the Recreation and Park Department Monday October 16, and we are delighted to have him here. John fills Scot Medbury's position, so ably captained by Jim Henrich as Acting Director for over a year.

John comes to us from Redding's Turtle Bay Exploration Park and before that from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Please join me in welcoming our new partner in the management of this beautiful Garden!

Warm regards,


Michael McKechnie
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

Classes and Events

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.
Swiss Dreams and Sharffen Berger Chocolates
The scenery of the Alps calls out for chocolate!

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.


Urban Oases: Creating Garden Sanctuaries in the City

Explore techniques for transforming the busy urban landscape into serene spaces, intimate tableaus and vibrant sanctuaries.



Give a gift of the Garden…

Looking for a special gift? Give flowers all year long!
Give a Gift Membership to SFBGS

A gift membership is a unique way to support the Garden and introduce others to the Garden we all love. Holiday gift, birthday present or unique thank you gift for your host … a gift membership to SFBGS is the perfect gift for the garden lovers on your list.

Benefits of Gift Membership include:

  • San Francisco Botanical Garden Visitor Guide
  • Admission to the Annual Plant Sale and Members-Only Preview Sale
  • Invitations to Members-Only Events
  • Subscription to our Members’ Magazine, Leaflet
  • Discounts on classes and seminars
  • Discounts on purchases at SFBG Bookstore and Plant Sales
  • Discounts at more than 70 Bay Area nurseries
  • Free admission to over 180 botanical gardens and arboreta
  • Free admission to California Horticultural Society Events
    (Additional benefits available at different membership levels)

Giving a gift membership is easy… register online, or call the Membership Department at 415.564.3239, ext. 303. You’ll get the gift of knowing that you are supporting a San Francisco treasure… the Garden we all love!