At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : December 2, 2008

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

   In this Issue

Support the Garden

This Month's Podcasts

New Classes

Plants as Food Books

Commemorative Benches

Members' Holiday Gathering

4 days
until the End of the Season Clearance Plant Sale

December 6

Buy One, Get One Free!

Details >>

Keep the Garden Thriving Challenge: Donate Now


"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.

View a sampling of the art on display >>


SFBG 2009 Calendars

Our 2009 Wall and Easel Calendars, printed in Florence, Italy feature antiquarian images from the National Agricultural Library's collection. Now at the Garden Bookstore.

View large calendar cover images >>

Two hundred and twenty-five million years ago in the Jurassic Period when dinosaurs roamed the swamps of Pangaea, the era of cycads arrived. They were the first cone-bearing seed plants to appear, along with ginkgos and conifers. Look for Cycads in the newly renovated Ancient Plant Garden and in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Cycads At the Garden: Issue No. 34  |  December 2008
   From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

I am writing you on a VERY unseasonably warm November day, which makes thinking about the coming year-end and the holidays seem very far off. But, of course, they are not. Retailers are pushing their holiday advertising out earlier than ever this year as they -- and all of us -- make what plans we can to deal with this strange and unpleasant economic situation …

Read the full report >>
This Month's Podcasts

Botanical Treasure Chest
SF Botanical Garden is a living ecosystem with an extraordinary diversity of plants and animals. According to Don Mahoney, curator of plant collections, it is a one-of-a-kind botanical garden.

Center for Sustainable Gardening
Laura Hartman, with the architectural firm of Fernau & Hartman, talks about the Center for Sustainable Gardening, and offers her vision of what sustainable gardening might look like.

Come take a listen and subscribe! >>

New Classes

Hot Chocolate – Popular Holiday Treats from Scharffen Berger
Join Brad Kintzer from Sharffen Berger Chocolate for this hands-on, taste-as-you-learn class.
2009 Winter Symposium: Water-Wise Gardening
A day-long symposium focusing on conserving water in our gardens. Co-sponsored by Sloat Garden Center.
Lunar New Year Flower Market
The Lunar New Year Flower Market turns 10! Join us for this beloved local event. For all ages.
Botanical Illustration I - Pencil Techniques
This is a class for the absolute beginner. You will learn to draw in this class!
Botanical Illustration IV - Intermediate Watercolor & Gouache Techniques
Gouache techniques will be thoroughly taught with an emphasis upon the needs of the botanical artist.

Featured Class

Wreath-Making Workshop
Round up the family and join us for a holiday tradition at the Botanical Garden! Create unique, festive wreaths and garlands to usher in the season, using colorful greens and cuttings straight from the Garden.

   At the Garden Bookstore
Gifts for the Foodies on your List

Looking for a gift for someone whose taste in plants always seems to lean towards those that can actually be tasted? The Garden Bookstore is now carrying these great, new books about food: The Complete Book of Garlic, The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market Cookbook, and Chef's Garden: Fresh Produce for Small Spaces.

Food Books at the Garden Bookstore

More info >>

   Development News
Celebrate a Life,
Honor a Memory
Commemorative Benches

Commemorative benches are now available for placement in a choice of peaceful settings throughout the Garden. Please contact Heidi Wohlwend at (415) 661-1316 ext. 304. Or email: for more information.

Final Members' Event of 2008: Holiday Extravaganza on Thursday, December 4th

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

More Membership News >>