At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : April 28, 2009

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

   In this Issue

Annual Plant Sale

Cape Province Garden and Volunteering Podcasts

New Classes

Bench Sponsorships

Plant Sale Preview Reception

Academy Award Nominated Documentary Showing in the Bay Area


Annual Spring Plant Sale

May 2, 10 AM – 2 PM
Find out all the details, including plant lists, floor plans and the official "Plant Sale Survival Guide."

42nd Annual Spring Plant Sale >>

Thank you to our sponsor

Bartlett Tree Experts

of the

Designing California Native Gardens

Designing California Native Gardens, by Glenn Keator ($29.95)

More from the Garden Bookstore >>

Gretchen Norell

Children's Garden Educator, Gretchen Norrell spends a good deal of her time encouraging young children to join her in getting their hands dirty.

Read Gretchen's story >>


"The Botany of Nests"

The Botany of Nests

Photography by Sharon Beals. On exhibit April-June.

About this exhibit >>

See samples of the artist's work >>

A drought-tolerant twist on the classic garden iris blooms this month: Iris Douglasiana, or the California Native Iris. In Spring, large clumps bloom in pastures along the coast and in the deep shade of coastal forests from Northern California to Oregon. With colors ranging from cream to deep purple through natural hybridization, its flowers are exquisitely painted with nectar guide lines for pollinators like bees or butterflies. Look for Iris Douglasiana in the California Garden and in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Iris Douglasiana
At the Garden: Issue No. 39  |  May 2009
   From the Curator
Dear Friends,

Spring is here, and it's plant sale season. This year's Annual Plant Sale, Friday May 1st and Saturday May 2nd, is just around the corner. In addition to the normal array of plants in full bloom, we will be including edibles and additional drought tolerant plants for those who this year may want to remove a little watered lawn or border and replace it with a more water-wise landscape…

Read the full report >>
Cape Province Garden and Volunteering at SFBG
Botanical Buzz Podcasts

Cape Province Garden
Travel to South Africa by visiting our Cape Province Garden where you will see a wide variety of plants that grow in a Mediterranean Climate. Docent Joanne Taylor is your guide.

Volunteers in the Garden
Volunteers fill an important role at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Tom Laursen, our Volunteer Services Manager, talks about the variety of volunteer opportunities available.

Come take a listen and subscribe! >>

New Classes
Armchair California Botany
Author and horticulturalist Dr. Glenn Keator's slide presentations whisk you away to California's wild lands.
Wildflowers of the Monterey Peninsula
Explore this botanical wonderland with its great diversity of topography, habitats, and natural plant communities.
Living Roof Workshop
Experience the place where ecology meets engineering and environmental imagination meets structural reality.
Natural Remedies: A First Aid Plant Walk
Discover the many plants commonly found in the kitchen, in the garden, and in the wild that have practical health applications.
The Geranium Family
Join "The Geranium Lady" as she tells you everything you've always wanted to know about geraniums and pelargoniums, but were afraid to ask.

Designing Your Own Victory Garden

Designing Your Own Victory Garden
Follow Michelle Obama's lead and join us for a two-class mini-series about planning, planting and maintaining your own Victory Garden here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

   Development News
Sponsor a Bench and Make a Difference
Commemorative Benches

A Special Place
By commemorating a bench you'll be preserving this beautiful living museum, this piece of San Francisco history, this Garden we love!

A Green Seat
The redwood used in our benches is harvested from sustained yield forests on the west coast.

Please contact Heidi Wohlwend at (415) 661-1316 ext. 304. Or email: for more information.

Meet your Friends at the Annual Plant Sale Preview Reception

The Reception, held prior to the opening of the Annual Plant Sale Members' Preview, was instituted last year, and promises to be even more fun this year. Offered as a benefit for those members at the Garden Lover ($125) level and above, it will feature a selection of plants and botanical drawings for purchase as well as a tempting array of food and drink.

This could be the perfect opportunity to increase your membership level and avoid waiting in line on Friday. You can arrive mid-afternoon and enjoy a leisurely glass of wine and some tasty morsels. Then as the doors open at 5 pm, you'll step into the Sale Gallery fortified and mentally prepared for the decisions that lie ahead.

More Member News >>

   On the Radar
Academy Award Nominated Documentary Showing in the Bay Area

The Garden is a powerful look at the famous political and social battle over the largest community garden in the U.S. (located in South Central Los Angeles).

About the film >>