At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : July 7, 2009
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San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

   In this Issue

South American Garden

Garden of Fragrance Walking Tour Podcast

New Classes

Garden Feast 2009

Sponsor a Bench

Summer Gardening Fair

4 Days
until the next plant sale!

Salvias & Shrubs

July 11

of the

Designing California Native Gardens

California Plant Families,
by Glenn Keator ($29.95)

More from the Garden Bookstore >>


"Plants in Transition"
Watercolors & Drawings
Now - Nov. 1

Plants in Transition

Watercolors and drawings by Jeanne Lotta-Sellars.

About the exhibit >>

Garden Feast 2009

This hardy perennial sports a daisy-like arrangement with sky blue rays and bright yellow centers. Felicia amelloides hails from South Africa, but due to a sturdy ability to survive in many different soils, it is a favorite for gardens all over the world. Look for Felicia amelloides in the South Africa Garden and in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Felicia amelloides
At the Garden: Issue No. 41  |  July 2009
   From the Director
Dear Friends,

We are blessed to have a climate in which we can not only grow plants from the Mediterranean regions of the planet but also from the cloud forests. Our Meso American Cloud Forest is a renowned and extensive collection. Plans are moving forward for a Southeast Asian Cloud Forest, arguably to be the only one on earth. But a serendipitous thing happened while we were completing the final leg of a very well thought through, well processed plan for the Chilean/South American Garden. It came about as we were ever-so-wisely debating where the dividing line should be -- and how it should look -- between the strictly Chilean collection and the more generally South American portion of the same garden…

More about new plans for the South American Garden >>
Walking Tour of the Garden of Fragrance

Mint in the Garden of Fragrance Take the tour along on your next Garden visit!
Download this walking tour podcast guided by docent Ernie Ng onto your audio player. And if you can't make it to the garden, enjoy the Garden of Fragrance virtual tour on our website.

Come take a listen and subscribe! >>

New Classes
Botanical Illustration III - Beginning Watercolor Techniques
Using a specially developed “Naturalist's Palette”, we will learn and practice basic watercolor techniques such as color mixing for organics, texturing, glazing and superimposing.
Oh Deer! Coping With Bambi in the Garden
Yes, it IS possible to garden in deer country; but first, you'd better find out how to deal with those wily antlered creatures.
A Special SFBGS Mini-Seminar: Surviving the Drought
Resident expert Don Mahoney helps you select and care for hardy drought-tolerant plants and Janet Moyer and Michael Hofman discuss new "smart" water management systems in this two-part seminar.
Summer Gardening Fair
Join a local plant club, buy plants and plant products, or simply enjoy a day full of great activities and demonstrations.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Visit Point Reyes National Seashore
Nature lovers relish this premium destination any time of year. Its landscape combines coastal habitats such as bluffs, sand dunes, and coastal scrub with deep forests of Douglas-fir and bishop pines, open grasslands, and several kinds of wetlands. Come explore them all on this day-long trip with noted field biologist, Glenn Keator.

   Development News
You're Invited

Join us on September 23rd, 2009 for the City's loveliest garden party! Garden Feast, our annual gala luncheon and silent auction, supports the programs of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Enjoy an entertaining program and a luscious organic luncheon prepared by McCall Associates.

This year we are honoring Mayor Gavin Newsom with our Green Champion Award for his outstanding work in urban greening. Nell Newman , our keynote speaker is a pioneer of the organic food movement and supporter of sustainable agriculture.

For tickets and more information >>

Enter to win a Paris apartment getaway and support the Garden! >>

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.

Don't miss the Summer Gardening Fair on Saturday, August 1st!
Summer Gardening Fair

You’re invited to join us in the Garden from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, August 1st, for a celebration of all that summer is about: food, garden-related activities, and an assortment of how-to demonstrations and general healthy-living ideas

Summer Gardening Fair >>

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