At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : June 10, 2008

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

Sales Sense and New Scents

New Classes

Save the Date: Garden Feast

New Garden of Fragrance

After Hours Aperitifs

New Member Benefit

4 days
until the next plant sale!

Featuring Perennials

June 14

2008 Plant Sale Schedule >>

Just In

The New Book of Salvias

Betsy Clebsch's “The New Book of Salvias”. $19.95 plus tax (members receive a 10% discount).

Now available in paperback >>


A new reading and discussion series highlighting the principles of green living, conservation and sustainability with an emphasis on sharing solutions for everyday life.

Free and open to the public on the second Wednesday of each month. Co-sponsored by SF Botanical Garden Society and the Friends of the SF Public Library.

Next discussion >>

Lavender emerges this month as a notable member of the summer garden alongside flowering vines and the classic rose. This timeless herb known to many for its distinctive bouquet grows widely around the Mediterranean, tropical Africa and SE India. Its cultivation is as ancient as civilization itself with documented use for over 2500 years. Lavendula spp. can be found in the newly renovated Garden of Fragrance and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
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At the Garden: Issue No. 28  |  June 2008
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

The 41st Annual Plant Sale has come and gone, but I'll bet that many of you are enjoying the product of your visit to the Botanical Garden May 2 or 3. Of course, the Friday night portion of our Annual sale is for members only, and while Saturday is good, the membership has quite a shopping party on Friday …

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New Classes

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.
Creating Low-Maintenance Gardens with Mediterranean-Climate Plants
Glenn Keator shares his secrets for water-wise and native plant combinations.
Master Class in Botanical Illustration
The Master Class is designed for the continuing student who is interested in practicing and perfecting advanced techniques in watercolor.
Advanced Botanical Illustration VII
This class continues with techniques in watercolor, using full-sheet layout and design techniques for framing and exhibition.

Special Events
Garden Feast: September 8, 2008

Please join us for our gala luncheon honoring Dr. Peter H. Raven, pioneer plant conservationist and President of the Missouri Botanical Garden, who was named as TIME Magazine's “Hero for the Planet.”

New Garden of Fragrance
New Garden of Fragrance

The new Garden of Fragrance featuring St. Francis fountain by Clara Huntington. Photo by:

The new Garden of Fragrance was celebrated on a sunny June 5 morning by Pearl Kimura and other major donors who made the renovations possible. New elements encourage the use of this garden by visitors who are blind or visually impaired. The project also includes accessible pathways and restoration of the fountain depicting St. Francis.

More photos of the new Garden of Fragrance >>


Save the Date: Thursday, June 26

After-Hours Aperitifs
After Hours Aperitifs

Don't miss the next Members-Only After-hours Aperitifs on Thursday, June 26. Join us for music, libations and light refreshments!

Event Details >>


A new benefit for SFBGS Members

Bonus Bookstore Partner Program!
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

Members of the San Francisco Botanical Garden are now entitled to a 10% discount on all purchases at the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library's two Book Bay Bookstores. An SFBG membership card is required to receive the discount.

Book Bay Bookstore locations >>