At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : April 5, 2007
San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

Join in on a Bay Area classic, the 40th annual
Find out all the details, including plant lists, floor plans and our official "Plant Sale Survival Guide."

May 5, 2007 >>

2 days
until the next monthly plant sale

General Sale
with Epiphyllums
April 7th

Find out about how you can help your Botanical Garden thrive. Donate Now


Park & Street Trees: Watercolors

art by Jean Sankey

by Jean Sankey, on exhibit at SFBG now through the end of June.

About this exhibit >>

Affectionately called "rhodies" by those who love them, Rhododendrons are a richly varied genus in the plant world, ranging from evergreen shrubs to epiphytes to trees and thriving in all manner of climates from alpine to tropical. SFBG boasts an impressive collection of these beauties, including rare and original species from which many modern hybrids are derived. They can be found throughout SFBG and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, plant profile and locations.
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At the Garden: Issue No. 14  |  April 2007
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

In your visits, you might have seen that there is a lot going on in the Garden right now, including some major renovations. But what you will probably notice the most is the arborist work. The trees of San Francisco Botanical Garden are getting special attention this spring. A comprehensive tree management plan has been developed and began Monday, March 26, to care for the aging beauties that have served as the backbone of the Botanical Garden since its inception.

Read the full report >>

New Classes & Events

Make and Take a Seasonal Container Planting
Create a picture-perfect container planting with advice from the professionals.
Chinese Brush Painting
Celebrated artist Feng Chen teaches students at all levels to create amazing paintings in a refined style. No experience necessary.
Early-Spring Skies
Observe Spring constellations with astronomer Bing Quock.
White By Night
Come and see how incredible the Garden looks in the moonlight.

The New Impatiens
Join Derik Pitman, noted authority on the genus Impatiens, who will show slides of some of the nearly 170 Impatiens species from his collection.
A Spring Evening in the Arthur Menzies Garden
Join us for a magical after-hours stroll in the Native Garden.


Urban Oases - Open Garden Day
Spend a leisurely Mother's Day exploring exquisite city gardens.
Tea and Peonies
Glorious rare and unusual peonies experienced at the height of their season - refreshments included.
Field Trip to Santa Lucia Mountains and Monterey Peninsula
Enjoy a Spring weekend getaway to the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Monterey Peninsula with field botanist Glenn Keator.
Wildflowers of the High Sierra
Join field botanist Glenn Keator for a tour of the magnificent Eastern Sierra at the height of the wildflower season.


Fabulous Container Plantings Show!

Looking for an artistic outlet? Love plants? Enter to win!


Permaculture Design Certification Course

Join us for a transformative summer learning sustainable design.


San Francisco Flower & Garden Show: March 20

Opening Night Party Recap

The Opening Night Party of the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show was held on March 20th. This benefit for the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society provided a fabulous opportunity for more than 350 garden lovers to preview the abundant creative offerings of the Bay Area's landscape designers while listening to lively steel drum music and enjoying the elegant culinary delights of McCall Catering.

SF Flower & Garden Show Preview Party Photo credit:

The Golden Gate Cup for best of show was presented to James Pettigrew (pictured right) and Sean Stout of Organic Mechanics for their garden, "Under the Sea."

Sponsors: The Sharper Image, Garden Zebra, Smith and Hawken, Garden Design, Grey Goose, Emilio's Terrace The Society is grateful to our event sponsors: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, The Sharper Image, Green Zebra, Garden Design Magazine, Smith & Hawken, Grey Goose Vodka, Emilio's Terrace, Flora Grubb Gardens, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Lagunitas Brewery, Dodge & Cox and Bank of America Private Banking.


MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT: Thursday, April 19th

After-Hours Aperitifs

Join us for After-Hours Aperitifs on Thursday, April 19th from 5-7 pm. At this lively and popular event, members enjoy light refreshments, music and libations.

Contain Yourself
The highlight of the evening will be the premiere of the Members-Only Fabulous Container Planting Show!! See what our judges think are the "best of the best" when it comes to container plantings, and judge for yourself in our "Member's Choice Award." Thursday, April 19, 5–7 pm.

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Annual Plant Sale: Preview Sale & Silent Auction
40th Annual Spring Plant Sale: Members-only Preview Sale and Silent Auction

Friday, May 4 from 5pm–8pm, County Fair Building at SFBG

Please join us for the Members-only 40th Annual Preview Sale & Silent Auction. Members will receive first pick of more than 4,000 different kinds of plants, many exclusive to the SFBG Nursery and especially suitable for the Bay Area.

The event will feature a silent auction and a great selection of new and vintage books and unique garden gifts for sale. Wine and refreshments will be served, and valet parking will be available.

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