At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : July 9, 2008

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

Tempering the Drought

New Classes

SF's Favorite Garden Party

Volunteer Docent Training

Volunteers Needed to Lead Children's Walks

Traveling Members Benefit

3 days
until the next plant sale!

Featuring Salvias and Shrubs

July 12

2008 Plant Sale Schedule >>

Fun for

Family Fun Adventures

A weekly summer program for families with children ages 3 – 5 with stories, exploring and garden-based art activities.


More info >>


"Creatures Small Insects & Plants"

art by Margo Bors

Art and Photography by Margo Bors, on exhibit at SFBG's Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture now through the end of September.

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

Family Adventures

A favorite group of Pelargoniums is the scented varieties, ranging from lemon to pineapple, rose to peppermint. In Victorian times, stairways and garden paths were lined with pots of scented pelargoniums so long garments would brush the leaves and perfume the air. Pelargonium 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.
Click for more on Pelargoniums
At the Garden: Issue No. 29  |  July 2008
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Many of you will remember the droughts of the past during which we all saved shower water and, ahem, flushed less often. It seems those days have returned to California. Those of us with a passion for gardening may be increasingly concerned about our gardens and water usage. We will be following this developing dry period throughout the next few months and provide you with updates and advice…

Read the full report >>

New Classes

Native Salvias with Native Plant Partners
Explore these charming and hearty plants that require little water, attract pollinators and insects, and spell sweet success for a healthy garden.
Garden-style Propagation with Don Mahoney, Ph.D.
SFBG Garden Curator Don Mahoney teaches propagation methods that bring success for the amateur gardener, including hands-on practice of taking cuttings and sowing seed.
Summer Garden Fair
Come to the Garden and join the SFBG community, plant societies, science groups and other gardeners to learn more about plants and gardening.
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.
Botanical Illustration II - Pen & Ink
This eight-week class focuses on the power of beautiful line work through studies that allow the student to discover and develop their innate ability to draw with perfect accuracy.

Special Events
Join us at San Francisco's Favorite Garden Party!
Garden Feast: September 10, 2008

Purchase tickets now for September's gala luncheon! See you September 10th!

To buy tickets and for more information

View photos from Garden Feast 2007 >>

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Docent Training begins Saturday September 13
  • Would you like to introduce visitors to the plants and gardens of SFBG?
  • Do you want to learn more about plants and their uses?
  • Are you interested in the environment, global climate change and biodiversity?

Join us for a ten-week Docent Training during which you will learn how to introduce garden visitors to the tremendous collection of plants and gardens that make up the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

More information >>

Volunteers Needed to Lead Children's Walks
Children's Docent Training

Help city kids experience nature - right in the heart of San Francisco! September is back-to-school time and at SF Botanical Garden it’s also back-to-nature time.  Over 5,500 San Francisco school children will visit the Botanical Garden this year and volunteers are needed to help.

Training takes place Tuesdays, 9:00 am–12:30 pm September 23 through December 9.

More information >>

Traveling this Summer?

Present your SFBGS Membership card to receive special admission privileges in addition to discounts on gift shop purchases at more than 200 public gardens, arboreta and conservatories throughout North America! SFBGS is a member of American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admission Program. AHS encourages members of participating gardens to travel the country and discover the beauty and diversity of horticulture across America.

Find Participating Gardens on the AHS website >>