At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : June 6, 2007
San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

Stonemasons at work at SFBG

New Classes & Events

Summer Gardening Fair

Garden Feast: SAVE THE DATE

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Quick SurveyTell us what you think.

3 days
until the next plant sale!

General Sale with Perennials

June 9

2007 Plant Sale Schedule >>


Book Store

Designing California Native Gardens

"...when you've had a taste of California native plants and want more, you'll want the new book by Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook. We should note that we usually don't bother reviewing a book unless it's one worth having. "Designing California Native Gardens" is one more of the University of California Press' recent string of hits."

- Ron Sullivan and Joe Eaton, San Francisco Chronicle Home and Garden Section
April 25, 2007

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Growing fast and flowering young, one might call the short-lived Fremontodendron californicum, the "James Dean" of drought tolerant California natives. It is most at home on the dry, rocky hillsides of the eastern flank of the Sierra, where it grows unnoticed in the chaparral until it bursts into bloom, lining twigs and branches with brilliant 3 inch saucer-shaped waxy yellow "flowers." It can be found in the California Native Plants garden and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Fremontodendron californicum
At the Garden: Issue No. 16  |  June 2007
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

An amazing new garden structure is rapidly taking shape in the Rhododendron Garden, itself under renovation. This circular structure is the centerpiece of the garden and, perhaps more importantly, is being constructed from stone remnants of the same 12th century Spanish monastery as the Library Terrace Garden, the recently improved Garden of Fragrance, the Succulent Garden and the California Native Garden…

Read the full report >>

New Classes & Events

Permaculture Design Certification Course
Join us for a transformative summer learning sustainable design.
Living Roof Demonstration and Workshop
Take a closer look at the cutting edge of practical, sustainable design.
Make and Take a Seasonal Container Planting
Create a picture-perfect container planting with advice from the professionals.
Horticultural Therapy at SF Botanical Garden - OPEN HOUSE
Get the latest information about the practice of Hort Therapy at this evening open house.

Human Connections to Species Survival: Return of Bay Checkerspot Butterfly to Edgewood
Join Dr. Stuart B. Weiss as he talks about this endangered butterfly.
The New Low-Maintenance Garden - The Pattern Garden
Explore the 14 essential design elements that go into a "Pattern Garden" with Valerie Easton.
Gardening Under Mediterranean Skies V
Save the date for this So-Cal symposium, co-sponsored with Pacific Horticulture Magazine and the San Diego Horticultural Society.

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.


Summer Gardening Fair

Postpone your Saturday chores and come to the Garden to meet local experts, buy special plants and have some Summertime fun.

Special Events

Don't miss the Garden Event of the Year

Save the date for Garden Feast!

Join us on Wednesday, September 26th from 11am 2 pm, for a gala luncheon on the Great Meadow honoring Richard Goldman, with guest speaker, Julie Packard, Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Enjoy sustainable delectables, a marketplace, and a silent auction while celebrating the bond between people and plants!

SAVE THE DATE: September 26, 2007 for Garden Feast! Artwork by Sylvia Gonzales

Tickets begin at $175. Tables for 10 are available beginning at $1,750. For tickets and tables, please contact Sam at (415) 564-3239, ext 304, or

For corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Laura at (415) 242-2103, or


Members-Only After-hours Aperitifs

Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Members-only Event: After Hours Aperitifs

Save the date for the next Members-Only After-hours Aperitifs event on Thursday, June 21, featuring Edwin Hamilton of Edwin Hamilton Stoneworks. Please plan to join us!

Event Details >>