At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : March 4, 2008

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

SF Flower & Garden Show's Opening Night Party

New Classes & Events

Permaculture Certification

Last Chance for Free Tickets to the SF Flower & Garden Show

Member Benefits Change

After-Hours Aperitifs

4 days
until the next PLANT SALE!

March 8


The big SFBGS Annual Plant Sale is just around the corner: May 2 & 3

Discover a treasure trove of
Used Hort Books
Used Books for Sale

The Helen Crocker Russell Library now offers used books for sale on a variety of horticulture-related topics. Come and browse an ever-evolving selection of treasures. By appointment only.

How to buy >>

At the Bookstore
New SFBG Poster

The latest SFBG Poster

Now available at the Garden Bookstore for $9.95.

View large image >>

For the kids
The Incredible World of Plants

Learn more >>

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

The “Black Aeonium” provides striking contrast to the garden with bright cones of chromium yellow flowers against dark chocolate foliage. European horticulturalists were among the first to appreciate its dark, spade-like rosettes and are believed to have introduced this plant into the nursery trade naming it 'Zwartkop' or 'Schwartzkopf' meaning “black head.” Aeonium arboreum 'Schwartzkopf' can be found in the Entry Garden and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Aeonium arboreum
At the Garden: Issue No. 25  |  March 2008
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Is it just my imagination or do gardeners really like to have fun?

We have arranged for one fun evening amongst some fantastic gardens -- and just for you! Carmen Miranda will be there with appropriate Latin music, and all the garden designers in the Flower and Garden Show will be there. Sound like a volatile mix? Well, add in Dan McCall's scrumptious food, Grey Goose's cool martinis, and remember that incredible Cabernet from Emilio's Terrace last year? It's back. Plus, you'll see this year's garden designs when they're at their freshest and without straining to see through the crowds.…

More about the Opening Night Preview Party >>

New Classes & Events

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.
Sidewalk Landscaping
If you are thinking about upgrading your curb appeal, this workshop is for you.
Green Roof Workshop
Practical and professional techniques for a greener life.
First Aid Plant Walk
Supplement your knowledge of basic first aid with some traditional herbal remedies from your kitchen and garden.
White By Night
Come and see how incredible the Garden looks in moonlight.

Native Treasures: Plant Encounters in the California Outback
Jump-start spring with a fascinating native plant program given by horticulturalist Nevin Smith.
The History of Gardening in the United States
Join Jenny Rose Carey as she leads you through 400 years of gardening in the U.S.

Native Wildflowers along the Tule River
Explore the awesome beauty of the Southern Sierra in Spring.
A Perfect Summer Day in the Sonoma Wine Country
From history to horticulture - a feast for the senses in the Sonoma Wine Country.
Waterscapes in Spain: Gardens, Culture & Cuisine
Join Katherine Greenberg for this unique journey, co-sponsored by the SF Botanical Garden Society and Pacific Horticulture Magazine.

Permaculture Design Certification Course

Permaculture Design Certification Course
Join us for a transformative summer learning sustainable design.

SF Flower & Garden Show's Opening Night Gala

It's a Sustainable Salsa Party!
Don't miss the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show's Opening Night Party

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Cow Palace, San Francisco

Don't miss it! Salsa to the music of LaTiDo, and savor Cross the Border cuisine by Dan McCall Associates next Tuesday, March 11, at the Opening Night Preview Party of the SF Flower & Garden Show. Be inspired by stunning gardens created by top landscape designers. Cheer on your favorite garden as the SFBGS’ first annual Sustainable Gardening Award and Best of Show are chosen! All this while benefiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society.

Tickets for this SFBGS benefit event are $185.00. For tickets, call (415) 564-3239, ext. 303, email, or mail to 1260 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122.

Special thanks to our sponsors
Opening Night Party Sponsors

View the Cross the Border Menu >>

More about the Sustainable Gardening Award

Last Chance for Free SF Flower & Garden Show Tickets
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.

Find out how you can attend for FREE >>

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.

Find out how >>


Save the Date: Thursday, March 20

Members-Only Event:
After-Hours Aperitifs

Don't miss our next Members-Only After-hours Aperitifs Event on Thursday, March 20. Please plan to join us to celebrate the Vernal Equinox!

Event Details >>