At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : April 1, 2009

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

   In this Issue

Golden Gate Park Garden Unification

Pathways Project and Rhododendron Podcasts

New Classes

Annual Plant Sale

SFBG Garden Design Competition

Union Street Easter Parade

3 days
until the next plant sale!

General Sale

April 4

of the

Cracks in the Asphalt

Cracks in the Asphalt is a one-of-a-kind guide book to 30 of San Francisco's Community Gardens.

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"The Botany of Nests"

The Botany of Nests

Photography by Sharon Beals. On exhibit April-June.

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in Peril"

Sponsored by the Quarryhill Botanical Garden: A conversation with Peter Raven, National Science Medal Recipient and Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
Two of the world's leading botanists discuss the threats to China's remarkable flora and what can be done to reverse the loss of plant diversity there.

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Undeniably an eye stopper with its massive spikes of deep blue forget-me-not type flowers, Echium draws hummingbirds, bees and butterflies like a magnet. But this garden grandstander has a darker side. Its invasive tendencies elicit warnings of “do not plant” from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Look for Echium in the Demonstration Garden and in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Echium At the Garden: Issue No. 38  |  April 2009
   From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

As many of you now know the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society has been asked by the Recreation and Park Department to support an admission policy for the Garden. After careful deliberation, the Society's Board of Trustees decided that they should give their support but work with the Department to find as many ways as possible to assure that San Franciscans and others in the region will have access to the Garden. We are suggesting a number of ways to make that happen including free days, no charge for school groups, and other ideas to promote access. Now the Department has asked the Society to consider working with them to support the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden…

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Rhododendron & Pathways Podcasts
Botanical Buzz Podcasts

Pathways Project
The Pathways Project will improve the accessibility of visitors to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. On this report, Zoee Astrakhan with Interstice Architects points out that this project requires balancing the needs of people as well as the needs of the plants.

It's that time of year when rhododendrons are beginning to burst into bloom. Volunteer Nan Ray and gardener Jason Martinez share their knowledge of this incredibly beautiful and diverse plant.

Come take a listen and subscribe! >>

New Classes

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.
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.
Wild Birds of San Francisco: Spring Migrations
Learn about San Francisco's spring birds as you explore their habitats and habits.

Basic Pruning Workshop

Basic Pruning Workshop
Trees growing wild? Shrubbery getting out of hand? Join Ellyn Shea, International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, and learn the fundamentals of pruning at this special lecture and workshop.

   Special Event
42nd Annual Spring Plant Sale
Annual Spring Plant Sale

Find out all the details of the largest annual plant sale in Northern California, including plant lists, floor plans and the official “Plant Sale Survival Guide.”

General Sale May 2, 2009 >>

Members-Only Preview Sale
May 1, 2009

   Garden Design
Gondwana Circle Design Competition

Calling all designers! SFBGS is sponsoring an open, one-stage international competition to select a design for the Gondwana Circle that will convey the scientific significance of Gondwana, an ancient continent containing most of the landmasses found in today's Southern Hemisphere. The winning design will become a locus for the Southern Hemisphere collections at the Botanical Garden.

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Stop by our booth at the 18th Annual

Union Street Easter Parade
18th Annual Union Street Easter Parade

Mark your calendar: Sunday April 12

Join us for this family event! Stop by our booth where we’ll have nature-based arts-and-crafts for the little ones, and perhaps a surprise or two for the grown-ups.

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