At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : December 5, 2007

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

Year-end Reflections

New Classes & Events

Special Preview Screening of "Butterflies & Bulldozers"

Winter Gift from the Garden

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 >>

Kids Children's Docent Training

The next Children's Docent Training arrives in February.

Year-End Review2006-2007 Annual Report

It's Annual Report time again. Find out about all the exciting initiatives for 2006-2007 and their results. (PDF 2.8 Meg)

Download the 2006-2007 Annual Report

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A seasonal treat this month at the Garden is the winter-blooming South Africa native, Erica canaliculata. Commonly known as "Christmas Heather," this bushy evergreen shrub is not a heather at all, but a heath. It sports dark green needle-like leaves year-round and a profusion of pink bell-shaped flowers in winter, making it look rather like a misshapen Christmas tree covered in snow. Erica canaliculata can be found in the South Africa 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. 22  |  December 2007
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

As I sit to write you during this holiday season, having just celebrated Thanksgiving, I pause to reflect on what those of us associated with the Botanical Garden have to be thankful for. First, we have the glorious climate that makes this collection possible and flourish. Second, we are standing on the shoulders of a number of men and women who had the foresight, perseverance and talent to take an area of wind blown sand dunes and turn it into one of the most beautiful urban parks (and botanical gardens) in the nation.

In 1860 this was an inhospitable place for most of the plants now in the Botanical Garden's collections. Most said it couldn't be done, no one could plant a viable park in such an environment. But along came William Hammond Hall…

Read the full report >>

New Classes & Events

Wreath-Making Workshop
Bring the family for a holiday wreath making day using greens from our Garden.
Lilies for the Garden
Reknown lily breeder Judith Freeman shows us the glory of this special garden flower.
Gardens That Work: More than Just Another Pretty Place
Beautiful and productive gardens that pay the rent!
Chinese Brush Painting
Celebrated artist Feng Chen teaches students at all levels - even those with no previous experience - to create amazing paintings in a refined style.
Small but Mighty - Botanical Drawing of Winter Treasures
Don't wait until spring for Garden treasures, learn to draw unique specimens that can be found in winter.

Pollination Ecology and the Current Concerns Regarding Honey Bee Populations
Join UC Berkeley's Dr. Gordon Frankie to learn more about this puzzling phenomenon.
How to Make and Use Biodiesel
Learn about fuel made from natural resources in this hands-on workshop.

The Great Sonoran Desert
A rare opportunity to experience fascinating desert ecosystems at the height of their beauty with naturalist Glenn Keator.
Native Wildflowers along the Tule River
Explore the awesome beauty of the Southern Sierra in Spring.
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.

Butterflies & Bulldozers

Butterflies & Bulldozers
See the exclusive preview of this fascinating local film that tells the story of the largest urban open space in the country - San Bruno Mountain.

Thursday, December 6
7:00 - 9:30 pm.


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!