At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : March 3, 2009

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

   In this Issue

Garden Admissions

Podcasts on Magnolias & Camellias

New Classes

Sponsor a Bench & Make a Difference

Get in Free to the SF Flower & Garden Show

3 days
until the next plant sale!

General Sale

March 7

of the

Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates for the San Francisco Bay Region

EBMUD's beautifully photographed book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates for the San Francisco Bay Region features more than 650 native Californian and Mediterranean plants suited to the climate and microclimates found throughout much of California and the West.

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This month, we celebrate the striking blooms of a newcomer to the Garden, Rojasianthe superba (pronounced ROW-HAAS-E-ANTHY). Resembling a giant, white nodding sunflower, Rojasianthe was first introduced to the Botanical Garden in 2006 and has no common name. Only SFBG and UC Berkeley grow this amazing specimen outside of its native habitat of Central America's cloud forests. Look for Rojasianthe superba in the Entry Garden and in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Rojasianthe superba At the Garden: Issue No. 37  |  March 2009
   From the Executive Director
Dear Friends and Members of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society,

If you have been reading the local newspapers carefully over the past few weeks, you will have seen, in articles about the City's budget shortfalls, parenthetical notice of the prospect of the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department instituting an admission fee – for the first time – at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. For this concept, we are asking your support…

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Magnolia & Camellia Podcasts
Botanical Buzz Podcasts

Magnolias are thought to be one of the earliest flowering plants. San Francisco Botanical Garden docent Maggie McDowell shares her knowledge of these beautiful and ancient plants.

Did you know that many of the teas we drink come from camellias? Find out more about this plant from Barbara Tuffli, past president of the American Camellia Society and current volunteer in the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Come take a listen and subscribe! >>

New Classes

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.
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.
Botanical Illustration II - Pen & Ink
Discover and develop your innate ability to draw with perfect accuracy.
Armchair California Botany
Author and horticulturalist Dr. Glenn Keator's slide presentations whisks you away to California's wild lands.

Wildflowers of the Monterey Peninsula

Wildflowers of the Monterey Peninsula
Together with field botanist Glenn Keator, explore the restored dunes in Marina, hike into Huckleberry Preserve--home of the rare Gowen cypress, travel into the redwoods in Big Basin State Park, and enjoy the amazing coastlands at Pt. Lobos State Reserve.

   Development News
Sponsor a Bench and Make a Difference
Commemorative Benches

When you sponsor a bench in honor of an anniversary, birth, or loved one, your visits to the Garden become more personal – connecting you to the City and the memories you have shared here. By commemorating a bench you'll be preserving the legacy of a living museum – this piece of San Francisco history. Funds raised by your gift will allow the much-loved Garden to continue to grow and flourish, all while providing you with a physical place to celebrate a loved one, friend, or life event. 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 your SFBG membership can get you free tickets to the Flower and Garden Show! >>