At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : February 4, 2009

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

   In this Issue

Magnolias and New Pathways

Latest Podcast

New Classes

Evolve 2009

Commemorative Benches

Get in Free to the SF Flower & Garden Show

3 days
until the next plant sale!

General Sale

February 7

2009 in Your Pocket

Pocket-sized Plant Sale Schedule

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


New Pathways

The Botanical Garden's Pathways Project is underway!

About this project >>

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Gardens in Art

This month at the Garden Bookstore, Gardens in Art analyzes the constituent elements of gardens, both real and imagined, and uncovers their often-hidden symbolic meanings.

More from the Garden Bookstore >>


"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.

On exhibit January - March.

Find out more >>

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

The creamy petals of Gordonia longicarpa with its sunburst golden stamens resemble an oversized version of its botanical cousin, the camellia. Considerably more rare and difficult to grow than the camellia, this SFBG success story first bloomed only three years after being planted and has bloomed every year since. Look for Gordonia longicarpa in the Asia Discovery Garden and in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Gordonia longicarpa At the Garden: Issue No. 36  |  February 2009
   From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

People often ask me when they should visit San Francisco to see the Botanical Garden at its best. They are almost always surprised when I tell them that if they can't make it in the spring for the California natives, the magnolias in February and March cannot be beat…

Read the full report >>
February Podcast
Botanical Buzz Podcasts

History of the San Francisco Botanical Garden (Part 2)
Dr. Joseph Barbaccia continues 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.)

Come take a listen and subscribe! >>

New Classes

Water-Wise Gardening: 2009 Winter Symposium
A day-long symposium focusing on conserving water in our gardens. Co-sponsored by Sloat Garden Center.
Chinese Brush Painting
Celebrated artist Feng Chen will teach students at all levels how to create beautiful brush paintings.
The Gesneriad Family: Hidden Gems of SF Botanical Garden
Join SFBG docent Anna Chou and learn how to grow and care for beautiful Gesneriads. Includes take home plant cuttings, propagation materials, and other resources.
The Geranium Family
Learn from the “Geranium Lady” everything you always wanted to know about Geraniums and Pelargoniums (but were afraid to ask.)
Ecological Gardening at the McEvoy Ranch
Join us on a trip to Petaluma's McEvoy Ranch for a tour with head gardener Margaret Koski-Kent.
Designing with Grasses
Grassologist Bob Hornback teaches how to select grasses for color, effect, low maintenance and drought tolerance.
Spring Full Moon Walk: Scents of the Night
On this walk by moonlight, we will search for fragrant flowers and leaves and discuss the evolution and uses of plant fragrances.

Magnificent Magnolias

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.

   City-wide Event
Celebrate Darwin's 200th Birthday with evolve 2009!
Docent Training

SFBGS will join with other organizations city-wide to honor Charles Darwin's 200th birthday on February 12th, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.

Echoes of Darwin
January 1 – March 31, 2009
An exhibition of watercolors from Mary Harden’s SFBGS Masterclass artists highlights ferns, horsetails, magnolias and other plants to illustrate plant evolution.

Opening Reception
February 12, 2009, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture
More about the exhibit >>

The Ancient Plant Garden
Celebrate Darwin's birthday by visiting the Garden's stunning new renovation. This display now clearly expresses the remarkable evolution of plant life since its beginnings – arguably almost 3,000,000 years ago, when photosynthesis began. Strange and beautiful, ancient plants bring us back to the past and invite reflection on this most basic support of all life on earth.

More information on evolve 2009 >>

   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.

Let SFBGS send you to the SF Flower & Garden Show – for free!
San Francisco Flower and Garden Show: March 18-22, 2009

SF Flower and Garden Show: March 18-22, 2009

The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show will be here in just a few weeks, and you'll not want to miss it: this will be its final year!

Find out how you can get free tickets to the show >>