At the Garden
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : January 9, 2007

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue
Lunar New Year Flower Market: February 10, 2007

Donate Now to San Francisco Botanical Garden

Plant Sale Schedule

02/10 - Lunar New Year Flower Market
02/10 - General Sale
03/10 - General Sale
04/07 - General Sale with Epiphyllums

05/04 - Members-only Preview Sale, 5–8pm
05/05 - Public Sale, 10am–2pm

- General Sale with Perennials
07/14 - General Sale with Shrubs & Salvias
08/11 - General Sale with Shade Plants
09/08 - General Sale with Native Plants & Succulents
10/13 - Trees, Ferns & Rhododendrons featured
11/10 - End-of-the-Season Sale

Fits in Your Pocket

Pocket-sized Plant Sale Schedule

Download the new 2007 Plant Sale Schedule


Botanical Images, a Closer Look

art by I'Lee Hooker

Work created by I'Lee Hooker

January 1- March 30
Art Exhibit 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


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.

Birding in SFBG

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.

Children's Story Time and Family Walk

Fun for children and their families.

With delicate fanfare, members of the Restionaceae family bloom in subtle shades of green, purple and brown, adding a graceful quality to the winter garden. These reed-like, leafless plants are best described as a hybrid mixture of grass, bamboo, rush and horsetail. Stroll through the Cape Province garden to find a fine sampling of “Restios,” and be sure to check out this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, plant profile and locations at SFBG.
Restionaceae - Restios
At the Garden: Issue No. 11  |  January 2007
From the Director

Dear Friends,

Here's hoping you each took some time at the end of the year to relax and "reload" for 2007. As the days now start to grow longer and we begin to look forward to our Spring gardening activities, I've learned that it's OK to have had some down time. Frenetic can wait for these longer and warmer days!

We spent 10 days at the Russian River in western Sonoma County over the holidays hosting City friends and renewing friendships with our Sonoma pals. What a restful time. The garden behind the house we rented was really pretty dormant, a remainder of the variety of microclimates in the Bay Area. Yet, there was one persistent hummingbird feeding on the last blooms of a resilient salvia. On the other side of the house was a view of a magnificent wooded ridge, often partially obscured by fog that blew down the valley below.

Walking in Armstrong Woods and breathing in the damp, oxygen rich air, seeing the moss growing four inches thick on fallen redwoods was a daily inspiration. It reminded me that here in the Botanical Garden our own redwood cathedral exists as a trail head to these more distant forests. Ours also makes available a semblance of this particular brand of rural magnificence that may be all some, especially the young, ever will see of such grandeur. What a responsibility we have to make the most of the treasures we harbor here!

Well, that sounds like back to work doesn't it?

May your 2007 be healthy and prosperous.

Warm best regards,


Michael McKechnie
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

Classes and Events

Children’s Docent Training
If you're interested in botany and ecology and want to spend more time with children, this docent training program may be just right for you.
Botanical Illustration I - Pencil Techniques
Learn how to draw - no experience required! Pencil Techniques is the first in a series of five classes on the fundamentals of botanical illustration.
Trees for the Artist
Trees provide structure, scale, color, texture and overhead shade. Study shapes and canopies, foliage and fruit in this hands-on class aimed at the botanical artist.
Botanical Drawing of Trees, Their Leaves, Seed Pods, Catkins and Cones
Use pencil, pen and ink, and ink wash to draw leaves, seed pods, catkins and cones of trees found in Golden Gate Park.

Ceanothus: Gardening With a California Classic
Learn about different varieties and cultivars of the genus Ceanothus. Co-sponsored with the California Horticultural Society. Presented by David Fross, founder of Native Sons Wholesale Nursery, Arroyo Grande, California.
The World Underfoot
There is more going on under your garden than you think. Soil expert Mike Koslosky breaks down one of nature's most complex wonders.


Treasures of Japan:
Temples, Castles and Classical Gardens

The art of the garden was imported to Japan from Korea and China in the sixth century A.D. Since then, the gentle aesthetic of Japanese gardening has earned international acclaim. Join us on an engaging journey, co-sponsored with the California Academy of Sciences.


Creating Garden Sanctuaries in the City

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

When Collector Meets Designer
Can They Find Common Ground?

Listen to gardening experts debate the pros and cons of one of gardening's oldest conundrums and offer inspiration and ideas to spark your own approach to gardening.

Ever wish you could do more to help at the Garden?
Become a Garden Keeper

Garden KeeperAs a Garden Keeper, you make an ongoing monthly gift of support. Recurring gifts are not only a convenient, safe and secure way to make donations, they are the most effective means of raising support for SFBGS, allowing more of your donation to go directly to the many high-quality programs at the Garden.

Find out more information on becoming a Garden Keeper or call (415) 564-3239, ext. 303.

Securing the future
of the Garden
SFBGS and Bank of America Private Banking co-host
"Planning for The Future,"
a seminar to introduce options and financial tools of planned giving

Naming the Botanical Garden Society in your will or trust with a gift - of any size - ensures the future of the Botanical Garden while providing nature education and wholesome family recreation in a serene and beautiful setting.

We deeply appreciate your commitment to the Botanical Garden, and want you to know about the financial tools available to plan your gift so that it assists the Botanical Garden while also meeting your financial goals.

For more details please contact Sam McIlraith in the Development office at (415) 564-3239, ext 304, or email

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