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

In this Issue

Happy 90th to the Save-the-Redwoods League

New Classes

Mother's Day at Scharffenberger Chocolate Factory

Cocktails at Bloomies

Arbor Day Celebration

Eco-Friendly Messages

Annual Spring

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 >>

Play in the Dirt
Family Field Trip Day

Join the fun at the next Family Field Trip Day at SFBG
Saturday, May 17th
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Bring the family to explore garden activities at stations throughout the Garden.

View pictures from last year's event >>

Just In

Last Child in the Woods

Newly expanded and updated edition.

Available at the Garden Bookstore >>

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

Rising from bright green foliage on tall chocolate purple stems, the flowers of Salvia gesneraeflora sport an almost electric shade of scarlet orange. The vivid color combination of this shrub provides a strong focal point in the spring garden, attracting honeybees, hummingbirds and humans alike. Salvia gesneraeflora can be found throughout the Meso-American Cloud Forest and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Salvia gesneraeflora
At the Garden: Issue No. 27  |  May 2008
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

In April, the SF Botanical Garden Society and Botanical Garden Director Brent Dennis hosted the 90th birthday celebration of Save-the-Redwoods League, and it was an honor and a privilege to do so. This venerable institution has been doing some very heavy lifting for a very long time…

Read the full report >>

New Classes

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.
Creating Low-Maintenance Gardens with Mediterranean-Climate Plants
Glenn Keator shares his secrets for water-wise and native plant combinations.
Botanical Illustration II - Pen & Ink
The second in a series of five sessions on the fundamentals of botanical illustration. This class develops the student's ability to draw with perfect accuracy.

A Spring Evening in the Arthur Menzies Garden
Join us for a magical after-hours stroll in the Native Garden.
Design with Palms
Flora Grubb and Bay Area palm expert Jason Dewees will do their best to convince you that palms belong in our California gardens.

A Perfect Summer Day in the Sonoma Wine Country
From history to horticulture - a feast for the senses in the Sonoma Wine Country.
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 Mother's Day Tour of the Scharffenberger Chocolate Factory

A Mother's Day Tour
of the Scharffenberger Chocolate Factory

Celebrate Mother's Day with chocolate. This is NOT the regular Scharffenberger factory tour, but a private one-of-a-kind tour only for SF Botanical Garden Society members and friends – no golden tickets required!

Special Events
Cocktails at Bloomingdales
Cocktails at Bloomingdales

On April 17, over 70 members of the SFBGS community gathered at a blackberry-themed cocktail party hosted by Bloomingdale’s and Lalique. Brent Dennis proved that he is master not only of Garden direction, but also floral design in the finest French crystal. A percentage of sales during the event benefited SFBGS.

Special thanks to:
Bloomingdale's & Lalique

See photos of the event >>

National Arbor Day Celebration
National Arbor Day Celebration

Students plant an Arucaria with the help of SFBGS Associate Director of Youth Education, Annette Huddle, and Juan Carrasco and Bill Van Horbek, arborists from Bartlett Tree Experts.

SFBGS Business Partner Bartlett Tree Experts and the Society hosted more than 40 enthusiastic 2nd and 3rd graders from New Traditions Elementary School for an Arbor Day event on April 24. A tree planting (an Araucaria), tree-trimming demonstration and presentation by an arborist was complemented by snacks, tree crafts and a presentation of Bartlett's Jr. Arborist stickers.

Thanks to:
Bartlett Tree Experts


After-Hours Aperitifs

Save the Date, Save the Environment
After-Hours Aperitifs: Save the Date

Supporting our efforts to be as environmentally responsible as possible, we have decided to send email invitations to our quarterly membership events, After-hours Aperitifs, instead of postcards.

Watch your inbox for reminders to attend these lively gatherings

Next After-Hours Aperitifs: June 26 (RSVP by June 23)

2008 Schedule and full details >>