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

In this Issue

From the APGA Conference: Climate change & public gardens

New Classes & Events

Summer Garden Fair

Garden Feast coming next month: September 26th

New Memberships for Seniors, Students and Educators

Used Book Treasures at the Summer Garden Fair - Saturday, August 4, 10am - 3pm

10 days
until the next plant sale!

General Sale with Shade Plants

August 11

2007 Plant Sale Schedule >>

Sale Books Gardener's Guide to Growing Salvias
now available in the Garden Bookstore

Gardener's Guide to Growing Salvias
Originally $19.95 / Sale $9.95

Healing Gardens
Originally $24.95 / Sale $12.95

Botanica A-Z
Originally $80.00 / Sale $46.95

View all covers >>

Love 'em or hate 'em, say some horticulturists of the prolific Crocosmia. A few types of over 400 cultivars spread so vigorously that they've given the entire genus the dreaded reputation of a weed. Then again, this profuse bloomer produces brightly colored flowers that sprout along the length of tall arching spikes filling the garden with late Summer color and providing ample fodder for the vase. Decide for yourself! Crocosmias can be found in the Rhododendron dell and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, plant profile and exact locations.
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At the Garden: Issue No. 18  |  August 2007
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

The last week of June is the standard time for the Annual Meeting of the American Public Gardens Association. Last summer it was here in San Francisco, and this year is was in Washington, D.C. Each year over the last few years there have been more and more sessions on the subject of climate change. And, I believe, "climate change" is the correct phrase, for while the entire planet as a whole is warming the local effects of that warming can cause locally observed variations of all kinds: colder, warmer, drier, wetter, windier…

Read the full report >>

New Classes & Events

Native Salvias With Native Plant Partners
Salvia expert Betsy Clebsch shares her secrets for fresh and winning native plant combinations.
Seed Saving Workshop
Make this age-old practice part of your gardening routine. Don Mahoney shows you how.
Chinese Brush Painting - Rabbits
Learn stunning and surprisingly easy brush techniques to create lovely naturalistic pieces.
Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Plants
Take a closer look at the wild beauty of exceptionally unusual plants.
Botanical Illustration of Wild Weird and Wonderful Plants
Learn to draw unusual plants with Botanical Illustrator Mary Harden.

Hellebores - Playing Cupid with the Gene Pool
Join Charles Price, noted hybridizer of Hellebores, as he talks about breeding these versatile plants for the landscape.
2008 GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year Project
Learn about the 34 federally listed threatened or endangered species found in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with Brent Plater.
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.

Fall Color and Botany in the Carson Pass Area
Join field botanist Glenn Keator for a tour of fall color in the Central Sierra Nevada.
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, shop for garden treasures 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


New Membership Categories at SFBGS

Are you a senior, full-time student or teacher?

SFBGS now has new membership levels to help you enjoy membership benefits and show your support for the Garden:


  • Senior (Individual, 62 and over) $50
  • Senior Dual (for two people) $55
  • Educator $45
  • Student $35


  • San Francisco Botanical Garden Visitor Guide
  • Admission to the Annual Plant Sale and Members-Only Preview Sale
  • Invitations to Members-Only Events (not included with Student Memberships)
  • Subscription to our Members' Magazine, Leaflet
  • Discounts on classes and seminars
  • Discounts at SFBG Bookstore and Plant Sales
  • Discounts at more than 75 Bay Area nurseries
  • Free admission to nearly 200 botanical gardens and arboreta
  • Free admission to California Horticultural Society Events
  • The good feeling you'll have about supporting this Garden we all love!

If you'd like to join or renew your membership, please call the Membership Office at (415) 564-3239, ext. 303. Please direct any questions about these new categories to