At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : August 5, 2008

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

Countdown to Garden Feast

New Classes

2008 Green Champion Award

In the Garden: September 10

Chelsea Flower Show Raffle

Volunteer Docent Training

Volunteers Needed to Lead Children's Walks

4 days
until the next plant sale!

Featuring Shade Lovers

August 9

2008 Plant Sale Schedule >>

HCR Library closed for
9 Days

The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture will be closed from Friday, August 15 – Saturday, August 23 for replacement of the original carpet which has served well since 1972. Thank you for your patience.


"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 >>


Northern California Nature Guide

The Northern California Nature Guide is a handy aid for area residents and visitors alike in identifying the animals and plants found when visiting Northern California's great outdoors. Now available in the Garden Bookstore for $19.95

Seeking Weekend Warriors

We're currently looking for volunteers to staff the Garden Bookstore on weekends. Greet visitors from all over the world and work in a nationally-recognized bookstore offering one of the best selections of horticulture-related books in the Bay Area.

More about Volunteering >>

This blooming superhero, Fuchsia paniculata is considered mite-proof. During the 1980's it survived a gall mite infestation that devastated many fuchsias in the Bay Area. In response to the infestation, SF Botanical Garden Volunteer Peter Baye developed mite-resistant cultivars, including the quite successful 'Campo Thilco' and 'Campo Molina'. SFBG carries a variety of these cultivars and many mite-resistant fuchsias at our monthly plant sales, like, F. campos-portoi, F. splendens, F. fulgens, F. cinerea and this month's featured "In Bloom", Fuchsia paniculata.
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At the Garden: Issue No. 30  |  August 2008
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

The countdown to Garden Feast 2008 has much of our staff and volunteers in a swirl of planned activity. We are expecting 600 guests to join us in the big tent on the Great Meadow for fantastic food by Dan McCall, a great silent auction, and the chance to win an all-expenses paid, 7-day trip for two to the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show.…

Read the full report >>

Special Event
2008 Green Champion:
Dr. Peter H. Raven

Join us on September 10 at Garden Feast as the SFBGS honors Dr. Peter H. Raven, President of the Missouri Botanical Garden, with the 2008 Green Champion Award for his outstanding leadership in sustainability, environmentalism, and conservation of habitat and the planet's biodiversity.

More about Dr. Raven

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.
Harvest Full Moon
Enjoy the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox with traditions of Japanese moon viewing on the shores the lovely Moon Viewing Pond.
Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore
Don't miss this special tour that includes a variety of plant communities, including rock gardens on coastal bluffs, sand dunes, north coastal scrub, coastal prairie, freshwater marsh, riparian woodland, pine forest, and more.
Holiday Botanicals and Card Design
Extending our popular card making class to eight weeks, we will concentrate on the foliage and winter berries of holly, cotoneaster, toyon, and other species found at the Garden.
Conifers for Artists & Gardeners
Learn about conifers from all over the world, including the world's tallest, biggest, and oldest trees.
Botanical Drawing of Conifers
Learn basic techniques for drawing with accuracy and beauty as we will sketch conifers in the Garden using scribbling and sighting.

Special Events
In the Garden on September 10…
Garden Feast: September 10, 2008

In a little over a month, SFBGS will welcome 600 guests for the annual gala luncheon. There will be a rare plant silent auction and catering by Dan McCall Associates. Don't miss this opportunity to hear a talk by one of the true pioneers in plant conservation and so much more: Dr. Peter Raven.

Ticket information

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Trip for 2 to London

The winner of a fabulous 7-day trip for two to the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show will be chosen at Garden Feast on September 10. You need not be present to win! The trip for two includes airfare, a one bedroom apartment a block from the tube in the Bayswater district, and Member's Day tickets for opening day plus tickets for an additional day.

Raffle tickets are $100, and only 500 will be sold. Tickets must be purchased by mail or phone before August 25, 2008. For more information, call (415) 661-1316, ext. 307.

View photos of the Chelsea Flower Show

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 >>