At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : May 1, 2007
San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

Just 4 days until the biggest plant sale in the Bay Area, the


Find out all the details, including plant lists, floor plans and our official "Plant Sale Survival Guide."

May 5, 2007 >>

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 >>

FROM OUR Book Store

Last Child in the Woods

"This book helps us understand just what our children, and our society, have to lose unless we make the effort to get our children outdoors."
- Annette Huddle
SFBGS' Youth Education Coordinator

This recently published paperback edition is available in the Garden Bookstore for $13.95. Members receive a 10% discount.

from SFBG


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.

When viewed at a distance, this South African shrub seems covered with dainty blue moths, but instead has a profusion of blooms, whose structure is described as "papillonaceous" or butterfly-like. Psoralea Pinnata can be found in the South Africa garden and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Psoralea Pinnata
At the Garden: Issue No. 15  |  May 2007
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

It's that time of year again! Time to check your plant wish lists and dust off your body armor. It's the 40th Annual Plant Sale at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. This year our thoughtful plant sale chairs and volunteers, along with veteran Horticultural Manager Don Mahoney, have made some changes to the layout of the space inside the County Fair Building to better accommodate you…

Read the full report >>

New Classes & Events

Chinese Brush Painting
Celebrated artist Feng Chen teaches students at all levels to create amazing paintings in a refined style. No experience necessary.
Permaculture Design Certification Course
Join us for a transformative summer learning sustainable design.
Horticultural Therapy at SF Botanical Garden - OPEN HOUSE
Get the latest information about the practice of Hort Therapy at this evening open house.
Horticultural Therapy - Principles and Techniques
Explore this innovative field with national experts in this hands-on workshop.

A Spring Evening in the Arthur Menzies Garden
Join us for a magical after-hours stroll in the Native Garden.


Tea and Peonies
Glorious rare and unusual peonies experienced at the height of their season - refreshments included.
Urban Oases - Open Garden Day
Spend a leisurely Mother's Day exploring exquisite city gardens.
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.
Waterscapes in Spain: Gardens, Culture & Cuisine
Save the date for this unique journey, co-sponsored by the SF Botanical Garden Society and Pacific Horticulture Magazine.


Perfect Garden Photography

Learn to capture and edit stunning botanical photographs using digital photography with Future Light Photograhy's Brad Polt-Jones.

Visit a private garden and support SFBG

"Our Own Stuff Gallery Garden"

On Saturday, May 5th, be sure to visit "Our Own Stuff Gallery Garden," the private garden of Marcia Donahue, 3017 Wheeler Street, Berkeley, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., who will be participating in The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program, America's only national garden-visiting program.

Admission to the garden is $5 per person, and Ms. Donahue has generously agreed to share a portion of the proceeds from this event with the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society. The garden features unusual subtropical plants that intermingle with sculptures in steel, stone, and ceramic. The Donahue garden is one of three private gardens that will be open to visitors on this date in Berkeley. For more information on The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program, please call (888) 842-2442, or visit them online at


WHEN:   Saturday, May 5, 10AM – 4PM
  3017 Wheeler Street, Berkeley
HOW MUCH :   Tickets are $5; a portion of the proceeds benefit San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum.
TICKETS:   Call: (888) 842-2442



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 SFBGS 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 Bay Area gardens.

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.

View event details >>

Give a gift of the Garden…
Give a Gift Membership to SFBGS

Looking for a specIal gift? Give flowers all year long!

A gift membership is a unique way to support the Garden and introduce others to the Garden we all love. Mother’s or Father’s Day, weddings, birthdays, graduations… a gift membership to SFBGS is the perfect gift for the garden lovers on your list.

Benefits of Gift Membership include:

  • SF 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 75 Bay Area nurseries
  • Free admission to over 195 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!