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

In this Issue

Gardening traditions from around the world shape our Garden

New Classes & Events

A Spanish Evening: Gardens, Culture and Cuisine of Spain

Garden Feast: September 26th

New Membership for Teachers

Celebrate the Autumn Equinox!

3 days
until the next plant sale!

General Sale with Native Plants & Succulents

September 8

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

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If you're looking for monsters this fall, look no further than the SF Botanical Garden. Sometimes called "Dinosaur food," this primeval looking plant has leaves the texture of reptile skin, five feet long with teeth on their undersides. Gunnera tinctoria can be found in the Ancient Garden 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. 19  |  September 2007
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Sunnier weather has drawn more visitors recently onto the Great Lawn of the Botanical Garden. It is always a treat to see individuals, families, and groups of children strolling around this unusually beautiful open space and delighting in it. It's also a pleasure to look out at the Lawn through the tall windows of the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture in the early evening when most visitors have left the Garden. The Great Lawn never ceases to astonish me with its undulating beauty, subtly changing almost minute by minute in the shifting California light. Of course, all of this beauty has been carefully cultivated for a very long time…

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New Classes & Events

Harvest Moon
Join us for a unique opportunity to view the moon from the garden after hours.
Seed Saving Workshop
Make this age-old practice part of your gardening routine. Horticultural Manager Don Mahoney shows you how.
Holiday Botanicals and Card Design
Create and construct beautiful cards and festive gifts for the holidays with botanical illustrator Mary Harden. All levels welcome.
Early-Autumn Skies
Join Bing Quock from Cal Academy to observe and learn about seasonal skies.
Native Bulbs, Grasses and Ferns
Glenn Keator shares his knowledge of these interesting California natives.
Ayurvedic Herbs for Home Use
Learn the ancient art of herbal healing.

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.
Native Treasures: Gardening with the Plants of California
Join Nevin Smith as he shares tips from his new book.
Gardening Under Mediterranean Skies V
This So-Cal symposium is co-sponsored by 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.


A Spanish Evening - the Gardens, Culture and Cuisine of Spain

Enjoy sangria and tapas at the Garden in Spanish style.

Special Events

Join us for our gala luncheon on the Great Meadow!

Garden Feast

On September 26th, hear guest speaker Julie Packard address the interconnectedness of the earth's natural systems and the steps we must take to affect positive change. Julie, Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has a background and education in botany as well as marine biology.

This annual event, which honors Richard Goldman this year, features a silent auction of rare plants, an organic marketplace, tastings of sustainable delectables, catering by Dan McCall and the organic wines of Bonterra Vineyards.

For tickets, contact Sam at (415) 564-3239, ext 304, or Tickets begin at $175, and tables of 10 begin at $1,750.

We love teachers!

Educator MembershipDid you know that we now offer an Educator Membership for full-time teachers? The Educator Membership is $45 annually for a full year of membership benefits at the Garden.

Benefits of Membership include:

  • San Francisco 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 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!

A copy of current teacher or ID is required at the time of enrollment. Memberships for Educators are fully tax-deductible. 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 membership to

Save the Date: Thursday, October 4

Members-Only Event:
After-Hours Aperitifs

Members-only Event: After Hours AperitifsDon't miss our next very special Members-Only After-hours Aperitifs event on Thursday, October 4. Special guests include naturalist, author and illustrator Jack Laws and friends from CUESA (The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), who administer the wonderful Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Please plan to join us!

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