At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : November 7, 2007
San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

An Outdoor Classroom for Kids

Tree Maintenance at SFBG

New Classes & Events

Donor Tax Benefit

Winter Gift from the Garden

Members-Only Event & Special Preview Screening of "Butterflies & Bulldozers"

3 days
until the next plant sale!

End-of-Season Sale

November 10

2008 in Your Pocket

Pocket-sized Plant Sale Schedule

Download the new 2008 Plant Sale Schedule


"Autumn Impressions"

art by Jo-Ann Ordano

by Jo-Ann Ordano, on exhibit at SFBG now through the end of December.

About this exhibit >>

Gift Ideas

SFBG 2008 Orchid Calendar

Our 2008 Wall and Desk 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 Wall Calendar >>

from SFBG

Daily Tours

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

Bird Watching

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. All ages welcome.

Birding in SFBG

Join us for this very popular Sunday morning walk interpreted by our field ornithologist and garden docent.

Children's Events

Fun for children and their families.

Children's Storytime and Family Walk

It's easy to misspell fuchsia, but did you know that it is also commonly mispronounced? Many know this cloud forest exotic as FYOO-shah, but the preferred pronounciation is actually FOOK-see-ah, as it is named after the 16th century German botanist, Leonard Fuchs. The fuchsia is a favorite in Bay Area gardens, and SFBG Plant Sales are a good source for the mite-resistant varieties that thrive here. Fuchsia boliviana can be found in the Meso-American Cloud Forest, the South America Garden and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Fuchsia boliviana
At the Garden: Issue No. 21  |  November 2007
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

One of the most delightful sights in this beautiful Garden is that of groups of young children sharing the wonders of nature. For many of them, this is a very rare treat because they don't normally have access to open space, much less this kind of open space where their imaginations can play and they can experience the welcoming safety of a redwood grove.

Increasingly, our programs are in great demand, with many more classes applying than we can serve…

Read the full report >>

Curator's Report

From Associate Curator David Kruse

Tree Maintenance at SFBG

Bartlett Tree Experts has completed an over five month long project to prune, cable, thin, and remove trees from our collection. Supported by a generous donation by an anonymous donor, over 150 trees in the garden were 'touched' in some way by Bartlett, who brought over 100 years of expertise as arborists to the project…

Read the full report >>

New Classes & Events

Mid-Autumn Skies
Join Bing Quock from Cal Academy to observe and learn about seasonal skies.
Butterflies & Bulldozers
See the exclusive preview of this fascinating local film - members get priority seating.
Wreath-Making Workshop
Bring the family for a holiday wreath making day using greens from our Garden.
Hot Chocolate
Taste as you learn about varietal chocolate - just in time for winter entertaining!

Treasures of the Andes - Bulbs of South America
Join bulb specialist Diana Chapman to learn about South American bulbs that are suitable for your garden.
How to Make and Use Biodiesel
Learn about fuel made from natural resources in this hands-on workshop.
Intro to LEED and Commercial Green Building
Interested in getting into the green building industry? This unique course is for you.

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.
The Great Sonoran Desert
A rare opportunity to experience fascinating desert ecosystems at the height of their beauty with naturalist Glenn Keator.

The Garden at Night - An Evening at the Botanical Garden with Linda Rutenberg

The Garden at Night - An Evening at the Botanical Garden with Linda Rutenberg
Explore the garden's nocturnal side through enchanting images and an evening stroll.

San Francisco Green Festival

Be sure to stop by our booth at the San Francisco Green Festival, the world's largest environmental expo, from November 9–11.

Development & Membership

Help the Garden Thrive

Donor Tax Benefit

Are you preparing to withdraw your 2007 minimum required distribution from your IRA?

If you are, and would like to help the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, then you’ll want to know that you may realize extra benefits by making a gift of your IRA withdrawals to the Botanical Garden Society – thanks to legislation passed by Congress in 2006.

Under the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), a gift made from your IRA counts toward your required minimum distribution for 2007 and is excluded from your gross income tax: a free rollover.

To qualify for benefits under the PPA:

  • You must be 70½ or older at the time of the gift.
  • The gift must go directly from your IRA to the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society.
  • Your total IRA gift(s) cannot exceed $100,000 in 2007

Please contact the Development Office at (415) 564-3239, ext. 302 for more information.

A Winter Gift From the Garden

A unique gift for the person who has everything
Give a Gift Membership to SFBGS

Give them flowers all year long! A gift membership is a unique way to support the Garden and introduce others to the Garden we all love. Holiday gift, birthday present or thank you gift for your host, …a gift membership to SFBGS is perfect 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 75 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!

Save the Date: Thursday, December 6

Members-Only After-Hours Aperitifs & Special Screening

Butterflies & BulldozersReminding SFBGS members that the next Members-Only "After-hours Aperitifs" event will be held Thursday, December 6.

Please RSVP by December 1. Please call (415) 564-3239, ext. 303 or email

Make plans to stay a little later to see the preview screening of "Butterflies and Bulldozers" a stunning documentary film that tells the story of the largest urban open space in the country – San Bruno Mountain, immediately following the "After-hours Aperitifs" event. Separate admission is required, and SFBGS members will receive a discount on tickets.

Event Details >>

View the trailer >>