At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : January 14, 2009

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

   In this Issue

Lunar New Year

Latest Podcasts

New Classes

Books & Gifts at the Garden Bookstore

Docent Training

SF Flower & Garden Show

Year of the Ox

THE 2009

Don't miss this annual local favorite! The Year of the Ox ushers in lion dancers, activities and demonstrations, and of course, flowers!

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"Echoes of Darwin"

Echoes of Darwin: Exhibition of watercolors by the San Francisco Botanical Garden Masterclass Artists

Watercolors by the San Francisco Botanical Garden Masterclass Artists. This exhibition is part of a city-wide event, EVOLVE 2009, commemorating Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his landmark work, On the Origin of Species.

On exhibit January - March.

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Thank you for meeting the Keep the Garden Thriving Challenge


the 07-08 Annual Report

The April 2007 – March 2008 Annual Report is ready for download. (PDF 68k)

Download the Annual Report >>

At the edge of the Conifer Lawn, just south of the Moon Viewing Garden, is one of the most beautiful 'cedars' in the world, Thujopsis dolabrata var. hondae, or the Hiba Cedar. It is a handsome pyramidal specimen standing 40 feet high, a native of moist forests in Japan with dark green and glistening foliage. Look for Hiba Cedar on the Conifer Lawn and in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on the Hiba Cedar At the Garden: Issue No. 35  |  January 2009
   From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

My favorite time of year in many respects is January, after the holiday hoopla has subsided and we have at least partially recovered. Then is when I want to spend time with people I either didn't see during the holidays or, if I did see them, I was with so many other people that the interaction was too fleeting to be satisfactory. And it's mostly time-out for gardening while the rains soak in and the days gradually lengthen…

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This Month's Podcasts
Botanical Buzz Podcasts

History of the San Francisco Botanical Garden (Part 1)
Storyteller extraordinaire Dr. Joseph Barbaccia begins the fascinating story of how the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Golden Gate Park came to be. (Dr. Barbaccia is a past president of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and currently volunteers as a docent at the Garden.)

What is a Botanical Garden?
Simply put, it is a living, growing collection of plants. On this report, David Kruse-Pickler, Associate Curator at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, elaborates on this definition by describing how the collections are managed and how the data that is acquired gets used.

All About Palms
Jason Dewees is a horticulturist with Flora Grubb Gardens and a longtime volunteer at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Hes a palm expert and on this report he shares his incredible knowledge about palms.

Come take a listen and subscribe! >>

New Classes

2009 Winter Symposium: Water-Wise Gardening
A day-long symposium focusing on conserving water in our gardens. Co-sponsored by Sloat Garden Center.
Gardening with Succulents
A workshop with UC Davis Curator, Ernesto Sandoval on growing succulents in your garden.
Botanical Illustration I - Pencil Techniques
This is a class for the absolute beginner. You will learn to draw in this class!
Magnificent Magnolias
Join Docent Dr. Joseph Barbaccia on a tour of one of the finest collections of deciduous magnolias in the United States, right here in the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Designing with Grasses
Grassologist Bob Hornback brings his popular workshop back to SFBG for the first time in 3 years!

Docent-Led Tours in Russian

Garden Tours in Russian
SFBG now offers Russian-language tours of the Garden. Special group tours of up to 12 people are also available. To RSVP for the Saturday morning tour or to book a group tour, please contact Tom Laursen, Volunteer Services Mgr. at 661-1316 ext. 412.
On the fourth Saturday of each month.

   At the Garden Bookstore

Garden Bookstore

Books & Gifts
Nature and Its Symbols

Books for the Casual Gardener and the Horticultural Professional
plus Greeting Cards
and Gifts

Members receive a 10% discount on all non-sale items. Become a member today… sign up at the bookstore. Gift certificates are available!

Located inside the Main Gate
Open daily 10 am – 4 pm.
(415) 661-1316, ext. 408

   Volunteer with SFBGS
Become an SFBG Docent
Docent Training

Share your love of nature with visitors from our community and across the globe. Docent Training starts in February.

Learn more about leading walks for Adults >>

Learn more about leading walks for Children >>

Mark your calendar!
San Francisco Flower and Garden Show: March 18-22, 2009

The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show will be here before you know it, and you'll not want to miss it this year. It runs from Wednesday, March 18, through Sunday, March 22, in its new location at the San Mateo Event Center, just off of Hwy 101 near the Hwy 92-W exit.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society will have a booth there; be sure to stop by and say hello. We'll have treats to share. It's going to be a great change of venue and it's sure to be fun!

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