At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : August 4, 2009
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San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

   In this Issue

Pathways Project

New Podcasts

New Classes

Enter to Win a Paris Getaway

A Bench in your Name

Member Party at Flora Grubb Gardens

4 Days
until the next plant sale!

Shade Plants

August 8


Cavellini Calendar

Perennial Favorites
The 2010 Cavellini calendars are now available in the Garden Bookstore.

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of the

California Plant Families

California Plant Families,
by Glenn Keator ($29.95)

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Garden Feast 2009


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

Plants in Transition

Watercolors and drawings by Jeanne Lotta-Sellars.

About the exhibit >>

Nothing says summer quite like a palm tree. But as common a symbol of summer as palms are, this particular type is a rare find. Brought back from near extinction in its native Columbia in the 1980s, Ceroxylon quindiuense, or the "wax palm" grows in a cloud forest preserve in the Andes created to protect those that remained. According to palm biologist, Dr. Scott Zona, the SF Botanical Garden is the only botanical garden in the United States that can grow the wax palm, due to a unique mild and moisture-laden climate. Look for Ceroxylon quindiuense in the South America Garden and in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
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At the Garden: Issue No. 42  |  August 2009
   From the Director
Dear Friends,

As I looked out over the Great Meadow, the center of the Botanical Garden, this afternoon, I noticed two things. One was that there were no Canadian Geese today. Those great flying beasts are best appreciated from a distance, and since they are quite mobile and migratory there is little one can do to keep them in areas where they can be fully admired. The other, more noticeable element on the Meadow today is quite a bit of bright orange temporary fencing around the pathway areas that are being resurfaced there. These pathways have been deteriorating for decades, and finally they will be refurbished making them both safer and more attractive…

More about the Pathways Project >>
Fuchsia & Education Podcasts

Nursery Volunteer and Docent, Lisa Roberts tells us
about the wide selection of fuchsias can ben found throughout SFBG. Learn all about them.

Education Coordinator Kitty Fisher talks about
the many opportunities to learn about gardening at SFBG. From the 11th Annual Summer Gardening Fair to coastal botanical excursions and moonlit walks, SFBG hosts an everchanging and ongoing bevvy of classes, tours, talks and events.

Come take a listen and subscribe! >>

Volunteers Needed to Lead Children's Walks

Education at SFBG Children's Walk Training takes place on Tuesday mornings beginning September 22. This three-month program introduces you to techniques for working with elementary school children in the Garden. Learn basic botany and ecology as you prepare to guide children on a variety of theme walks. Please contact the Volunteer Office at for more information.

More about Leading Children's Walks >>

New Classes
An Introduction to Honey Bees and the Life of a Hive
Learn the basics about the European Honey Bee, responsible for pollinating 30% of our food supply.
Harvest Full Moon
Come and enjoy the last full moon before the autumn equinox, as we share traditions of Japanese moon viewing on the shores the Garden's lovely Moon Viewing Pond.
Horticulturalist's Alice: A Garden Tour of Wonderland
Find out what's REALLY going on in the world at the bottom of the rabbit-hole.
Demystifying the Sunflower Family: Identification and Medicinal Use
A blending of botanical, ecological, ethnobotanical, and herbal plant knowledge.
Succulents vs. “Flimsy” Perennials
Ernesto Sandoval returns to SFBG to discuss the cultivation of beautiful succulents alongside other perennials in your garden.

Permaculture in the Heart of the Wine Country

Permaculture in the Heart of the Wine Country
Join us for an introductory intensive workshop on the principles and design concepts of permaculture, where you’ll learn how to think with a “permaculture mind” and transform your yard into a garden of incredible abundance.

   Development News
Enter to win a Paris Getaway!

Support the Garden and win a week-long getaway to the heart of Paris to live “La Vie Parisienne,” choosing from romantic properties on the Left Bank or magical Ile St. Louis! Raffle tickets are $100, and only 500 will be sold.

Raffle Details >>

About Garden Feast >>

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.

Member Party at Flora Grubb Gardens!

Members, keep your calendar open for mid-October. Planning is underway for an after-hours soirée at the Flora Grubb Gardens here in San Francisco. The event will include tasty samplings of food and drink, a raffle, entertainment, great company, and the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely promenade through this after-hours oasis on what's certain to be a lovely fall evening.

Please note: this special event is offered to those with membership levels of Garden Lover and above, and includes admission for two people. Upgrade your membership to assure your place at the party…

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