At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : April 1, 2008

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

Arbor Day at SFBG

New Classes

A Perfect Summer Day in the Sonoma Wine Country

SFBGS at Cypress Lawn

Cocktails with Brent Dennis

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show Recap

By Special Invitation Only

More Perks for Members

4 days
until the next Plant Sale!
Featuring: Epiphylums

April 5, 2008

Don't miss a Bay Area tradition, the 41st Annual
Spring Plant Sale
Annual Spring Plant Sale

May 3, 10 AM – 2 PM
Find out all the details, including plant lists, floor plans and the official "Plant Sale Survival Guide."

Annual Spring Plant Sale Details >>


A Passion for Plants: Botanical Paintings by Catherine M. Watters and her students

art by Catherine M. Watters and her students

on exhibit at SFBG now through the end of June.

About this exhibit >>

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

Leptospermum scoparium (Tea Tree, Manuka) has long been recognized for its medicinal value. The Maori people of New Zealand were among the first to use it in traditional remedies; famed Pacific explorer Captain Cook brewed a tea from its leaves to protect his crews from scurvy; and today an active scientific community researches medical uses for Manuka honey. Several species of Leptospermum can be found throughout the Garden and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Leptospermum
At the Garden: Issue No. 26  |  April 2008
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

I suspect that many Americans think of Arbor Day as a quaint idea honored nowadays by a few schools throughout the nation. In fact, when you look at its history it has great significance for today with the rapid deforestation of the planet as a backdrop. Its history also has a roundabout connection with San Francisco's Golden Gate Park…

Read the full report >>

New Classes

Medicinal Plants for Artists & Gardeners
Take a closer look at common and unusual medicinal plants growing in the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Botanical Illustration of Medicinal Plants
Use pencil, pen and ink, and ink wash to draw medicinal plants. Learn to draw with this class!
Early-Spring Skies
Observe Spring constellations in the Garden with astronomer Bing Quock.
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.
Creating Low-Maintenance Gardens with Mediterranean-Climate Plants
Glenn Keator shares his secrets for water-wise and native plant combinations.

Point Lobos Plant Communities
Join Rosemary Foster on a virtual walk through Point Lobos.
History of the Japanese Tea Garden
Erik S. Hagiwara-Nagata shares photographs and stories of the oldest Japanese-style garden built in the USA..

Native Wildflowers along the Tule River
Explore the awesome beauty of the Southern Sierra in Spring.
Wildflowers in the Wild Country of the Yolla Bolly Mountains
Enjoy a weekend getaway to the North Coast Range with field botanist Glenn Keator.

A Perfect Summer Day in the Sonoma Wine Country

A Perfect Summer Day
in the Sonoma Wine Country
From history to horticulture - a feast for the senses in the Sonoma Wine Country.

Special Events
SFBGS at Cypress Lawn

Join Curator Don Mahoney and Executive Director Michael McKechnie Sunday, April 20 at 2 PM at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma for a talk entitled “The Legacies of Trees and Foresight: San Francisco Botanical Garden and Cypress Lawn”.

More about this event >>

Cocktails with Brent Dennis,Bloomingdale's & Lalique
Cocktails with Brent Dennis

Thursday, April 17, 6 – 8 PM
Bloomingdale's Lower Level,
845 Market Street, San Francisco
RSVP: (415) 856-5577

Sip "Blackberry Temptations" while spending time with SF Botanical Garden Director Brent Dennis as he creates floral masterpieces in stunning Lalique vases. This event will include a special presentation from Lalique's national spokesperson on the unique craftsmanship of this fine French crystal, and an opportunity to browse the 2008 spring collection. Ten percent of sales during the event benefit SFBGS.

SF Flower & Garden Show Recap

Three Cheers!

For the last seven years, visitors to the SF Flower & Garden Show have flocked to the SFBGS' booth for new information, and to admire the creations of Michael A. Gonzàlez Landscape Design. This year's booth featured Sequoia sempervirens amidst other California natives, as well as an ever-changing high-tech display of Michael's stunning photographs of the Garden. Special thanks to Michael, and to Gilbert Shepard, Ph.D., Marten G. Evertz, and Chris Jacobson of Garden Art.

Also from the Show

And the Winner Is…
Landscape Architect Rebecca Coffman and Tom Reily of Tom Reily Landscape

Congratulations to Landscape Architect Rebecca Coffman (Nevada City) and Tom Reily of Tom Reily Landscape (Felton), winners of the first annual SFBGS Sustainable Gardening Award! Their garden creation was entitled, “Inside Out: The California Lifestyle”.

View a complete list of show winners >>

By Special Invitation Only:
Attend the Pre-Preview Party
By Special Invitation Only

As a special thank you to our Garden Lover, Garden Steward, Garden Patron and Strybing Circle members, a reception will be held May 2, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm prior to the Members-Only Annual Plant Sale Preview. Wine, soft drinks and light refreshments will be served.

Join at or upgrade to the Garden Lover level ($125) for this special benefit >>

More Member Perks
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 >>