At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : January 29, 2008
San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

The Year of the Rat

New Classes & Events

Lunar New Year Flower Market

SF Flower & Garden Show's Opening Night Party

How to Get in Free to the
SF Flower & Garden Show

Change to SFBGS Member Benefits

Just In

The latest SFBG Poster

Now available at the Garden Bookstore for $9.95.

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Kids Children's Docent Training

The next Children's Docent Training starts February 5th.

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about orchids?

Don't miss the Pacific Orchid Expo
February 29, March 1-2
Fort Mason Center
San Francisco

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In their struggle for sunlight in the cloud forests of Central America, some plants are transformed from small herbs to tree-like specimens, developing huge leaves, large flowers and woody trunks. Telanthophora grandifolia is one such specimen, with its dinner plate size golden flowers, 15" leaves, and 12' trunk. It is a remarkable alteration of a familiar pest, reminding us of a magnified version of the common Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris), a weed we are forever coaxing out of the Garden. Telanthophora grandifolia can be found near the Great Meadow 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. 24  |  February 2008
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Just when you notice you are losing headway on all those pounds you wanted to trim right after new year's day, and just when your other new year's resolutions are starting to look a little too ambitious, along comes another chance. It's called Lunar New Year.

Driven by the East and Southeast Asian lunar calendar, this celebration happens at a different time each winter. And each year there is a different animal that is said to typify the character of the year to come. There is a regular, revolving series of 12 such creatures, and this year it's the year of the Rat…

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New Classes & Events

Urban Gardening with Hydroponics
There are many ways to garden in the City. Discover the beauty and simplicity of gardening indoors in a small space.
Enticing Butterflies into Your Garden
Discover the techniques for establishing a successful butterfly habitat in your garden.
Late-Winter Skies
Join Bing Quock from Cal Academy to observe and learn about seasonal skies.
Sidewalk Landscaping
If you are thinking about upgrading your curb appeal, this workshop is for you.
Nurturing The Written Word: Further Adventures in Creative Garden Writing
Hone your writing skills with acclaimed national gardening authors Cole Burrell and Lucy Hardiman.

California Desert Plants: Amazing Beauty in a Harsh Environment
Join Steve Hartman on a virtual tour through the California desert.
Plants and Wildflowers of Central Mexico
A virtual journey through the fascinating flora of Central Mexico.

The Living Soil: A Hands-On Workshop For All Ages
Author and educator Wendy Johnson invites us to explore one of natures most interesting mysteries at Green Gulch Farm.
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.


Lunar New Year Flower Market
Don't miss this annual local favorite!
The Year of the Rat ushers in lion dancers, activities and demonstrations, a special benefit for the Sunset Recreation Center, and of course, flowers!

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show's

Opening Night Party
Don't miss the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Cow Palace, San Francisco

Benefiting the San Francisco
Botanical Garden Society

Please join us for this festive benefit! Sneak a peek at this year's show! Enjoy salsa music by LaTiDo, Dan McCall's hors d’oeuvres, wines of Napa Valley and Mendocino, and Martinis Courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka. Celebrate the first winner of the SFBGS' Sustainable Gardening Award, and other awards.

Tickets are $185.00. For tickets, call (415) 564-3239, ext. 303, or

Special thanks to our sponsors
Opening Night Party Sponsors


San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

Special Member Offer
Get in free to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

The San Francisco Flower & Garden show is known as the most cutting-edge of the top six garden shows in the world for its stunning garden displays, educational offerings and highest quality gardening products.

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SFBGS Member Benefits Change
Pacific Horticulture Magazine

Now all SFBGS members can get a reduced-price subscription to Pacific Horticulture, an exceptional magazine written by and for gardeners on the West Coast.