At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : July 10, 2007
San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

Welcome to Our New Garden Director!

New Classes & Events

Summer Garden Fair

Garden Feast: SAVE THE DATE

Give a Gift of the Garden

Thank you!And the Winners Are…

Last month we conducted a survey on your opinions about The Garden. Three lucky winners received gift certificates to the Garden Book Store. Congrats to Jolie Lonner, Sidney J.P. Hollister, and Connie Levy, and a special thanks to all who participated!

4 days
until the next plant sale!

General Sale with Shrubs & Salvias

July 14

2007 Plant Sale Schedule >>


"A PASSION FOR FLOWERS: from the Garden to the Vase"

art by Jean Sankey

by Sally Robertson, on exhibit at SFBG now through the end of September.

About this exhibit >>


Book Store

SFBG 2008 Orchid Calendar
SFBG 2008 Botanica Desk Calendar

These calendars, printed in Florence, Italy feature antiquarian images from the Helen Crocker Russell Library rare book collection.

Preview the first three months of the Orchid Calendar >>

Rarely blooming outside its native habitat of Cape Province, South Africa, this endangered tree is notable for its stunning silver foliage. Most prominent during the summer, the silver cast of Leucodendron argenteum is caused by dense silky hairs that fold flat against the leaf to limit transpiration, giving it its name, the "silver tree." It 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 Leucadendron argenteum
At the Garden: Issue No. 17  |  July 2007
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

While many positive changes are occurring in the Botanical Garden, the most important of those right now is the arrival of the new Director of the Botanical Garden and the Conservatory of Flowers. As many of you know, this enterprise is a public-private partnership, well over 50 years old. The management of the Botanical Garden depends not only on the staff, trustees and volunteers of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society but also on the skills of the Recreation and Park Department partner…

Read the full report >>

New Classes & Events

Blossom - The Art of Flowers
Noted Botanical Illustrator Mary Harden makes the techniques of drawing and painting gorgeous garden flowers come alive.
Chinese Brush Painting - Goldfish and Golden Carps
Learn stunning and surprisingly easy brush techniques to create lovely naturalistic pieces.
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 a hands-on workshop.

Rooftop Landscaping
Join plantsman Glenn Peterson up on the roof!
Trending to the Wild: A Report on OAEC's Ecological Emulation Efforts
Co-sponsored with the California Native Plant Society.
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 Garden 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 of 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) 564-3239 ext 307, or


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. Birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, graduations…perhaps a unique way to say, “thank you” to a special employee… a gift membership to SFBGS is the perfect gift for the garden lovers on your list.

Benefits of Gift Membership include:

  • Admission to the Annual Plant Sale & Members-Only Preview Sale
  • Invitations to Members-Only Events
  • Discounts at more than 70 Bay Area nurseries, AND MUCH MORE

View the entire list of membership benefits >>

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!