At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : October 7, 2008

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

Open House

Botanical Buzz

New Classes

Ecology of the School Garden

Growing Greener School Grounds

Shop for the Garden Oct. 23

2008 Green Champion

Member News

New Art Exhibit

4 days
until the next plant sale!

Ferns, Trees and Rhododendrons

October 11

2009 in Your Pocket

Pocket-sized Plant Sale Schedule

Download the new 2009 Plant Sale Schedule, includes a convenient pocket-sized schedule.

for the kids

Family Field Trip Day

Join us for our semi-annual Family Field Trip Day! Enjoy free family-oriented activities throughout the Garden.

More info >>


"Vanishing Orchids"

Vanishing Orchids: 19th Century Botanical Prints from the collection of Jack Kramer

19th Century Botanical Prints from the collection of Jack Kramer. On display and for sale October - December.

About this exhibit >>

Calendars Hot off the Presses

SFBG 2009 Calendars

Our 2009 Wall and Easel Calendars, printed in Florence, Italy feature antiquarian images from the Helen Crocker Russell Library rare book collection.

View large calendar cover images >>


Looking to explore San Francisco arts and culture? Take your imagination for a ride aboard the new 74X CultureBus. Convenient stops at Yerba Buena, Union Square, Civic Center, and Golden Gate Park bring you close to major museums and other cultural destinations. For one $7 fare, enjoy unlimited rides between 8:40 am and 5:50 pm Just look for the big, yellow 74X CultureBus

Visit >>

In September and October, Luculia's perfume drifts across the Garden. This intoxicating fragrance reminiscent of gardenias, emanates from blossoms formed in bouquet-like clusters of tubular pink to white flowers. Look for Luculia in full bloom in the Japanese Moon Viewing Garden and in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Luculia
At the Garden: Issue No. 32  |  October 2008
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

This autumn when you're not in your garden or savoring the outdoors, I'd like to invite you to an Open House on October 27 at 6:30 PM here in the County Fair Building. At this open house, we will be presenting an important project now in the planning stages for public education and comment. …

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New! Botanical Buzz
Botanical Buzz Podcasts

New Podcasts Celebrating the Bond Between People and Plants

Introducing Botanical Buzz, a podcast produced by the SF Botanical Garden Society. Three podcasts are up now, more will follow twice a month. This is a new medium and a new angle from which to explore your Botanical Garden. It will cover topics such as birding, exploring the garden with your child, water conservation, and how climate change is affecting your world. Our guests will include some of the world's preeminent scientists as well as knowledgeable botanical garden volunteers, users, and staff.

Come take a listen! >>

Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore
Join field botanist Glenn Keator for a three-day trip to this fascinating destination to explore myriad plant communities in a rich coastal landscape.
What's New with Grasses?
Come learn for yourself why grasses are some of the freshest and most appropriate candidates for the modern garden.
Ecological Urban Gardening
Learn from SFBG Curator Don Mahoney how to create an ecologically balanced garden that includes healthy edibles, ornamentals, and appropriate California natives; eliminates the need for pesticides; and attracts a beautiful array of birds and butterflies.

Thirty Trees for the City and Smaller Properties

Thirty Trees for the City and Smaller Properties
Don't plant the wrong tree in the wrong place! It will break your heart, your wallet and your sidewalk! Join arborist, photographer and horticulturalist Ted Kipping for this important talk on urban trees.

Youth Education

Teacher Training Opportunity

The Ecology of the School Garden
The Ecology of the School Garden

Teachers, deepen your understanding of the ecological and scientific principals at work in the outdoor classroom. Sponsored in partnership with the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance.

Learn more >>

Teachers, Come Get your Hands Dirty!

Growing Greener School Grounds

Friday, October 10 & Saturday, October 11

The SF Green Schoolyard Alliance presents the 2008 Growing Greener School Grounds Conference Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11. The keynote speaker on Friday night will be Richard Louv, acclaimed author of “Last Child in the Woods.” As a partner organization, SFBGS encourages you to join us for an exciting line-up of presentations and workshops. Come get your hands dirty while you learn how to change your community's schoolyard into a living outdoor classroom.

More info and to register >>

Special Events
Shop for the Garden October 23!
The Shopping Benefit

You can enjoy 15% savings at SF Bloomingdale’s Shopping Benefit, and SFBGS and 14 local nonprofit organizations will reap the rewards of your shopping spree. SFBGS members will receive their complimentary ticket in the mail. For every ticket turned in on October 23, SFBGS gets $5! Tickets will also be available for purchase on October 23 at the store for $10.

2008 Green Champion
Dr. Peter H. Raven

On September 10, at this year's Garden Feast, Dr. Raven, Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, was awarded SFBGS's Green Champion Award. His rousing talk on environmental issues – from climate change to biodiversity loss, and emphasizing individual responsibility and action – received a standing ovation from nearly 500 guests.

Our thanks to Garden Feast Co-chairs: Arden Bucklin-Sporer, Julie Parish and Carlyn Hunter. And, thank-you to our Sponsors:
Garden Feast Sponsors: Northern Trust, San Francisco Magazine, Bonterra Vineyards, Price Watterhouse Coopers, Scharffen Berger, Ryan, Seeds of Change and Bartlett Tree Experts

Update your Calendar and more Member News
Jay Estey: SFBG Membership Manager

Update your calendar: the date of the Quarterly Members' Event is not December 18th as mentioned in the recently mailed Leaflet. Our next Members' Get-Together is on Thursday, December 4th, from 5 to 7 pm. This is our famed Holiday gathering, and it promises to be another winner, with music, spiced-pear vodka libations…

More from Jay >>