At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : September 8, 2009
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San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

   In this Issue

Garden Feast 2009

Enter to Win a Paris Getaway

We Need Docents

Gondwana Circle and Ancient Plants Podcasts

New Classes

Members' Only Fête

4 Days
until the next plant sale!

Native Plants & Succulents

September 12

Garden Feast 2009

Cavellini Calendar

2010 Cavellini Calendars are Flying Out the Door
These perennial favorites sell out fast, so get yours early. Now available in the Garden Bookstore.

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MICROGREENS: A Guide to Growing Nutrient Packed Greens

MICROGREENS: A Guide to Growing Nutrient Packed Greens
By Eric Franks and Jasmine Richardson ($19.99)

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Featured Book


A wonderful story about self-sufficiency and individuality, Weslandia chronicles a boy's summer and his quest to grow his own food crop and found a civilization.

Sept. Book List >>

About Storytime >>

Making an unabashed appearance in August "sans" foliage, the showy blooms of Naked Ladies rise from thick red stems weeks after the long strap-like leaves have dried up and disappeared. They are not the least choosy about soil, location or moisture requirements as long as there is good drainage and pop up in gardens and vacant spaces all over the world. Look for Amaryllis belladonna in the South Africa 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. 43  |  September 2009
   From the Director
Dear Friends,

Garden Feast 2009 promises to delight the attendees with Dan McCall's great food, a better than ever silent auction of plants and gardening related items, a chance to stay in a luxurious Paris apartment, and an outstanding speaker, Nell Newman of Newman's Own. This is an opportunity to invite your many friends to join you for lunch on the Great Meadow in the very heart of the Botanical Garden…

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   Garden Feast 2009
Feast! (and Help the Garden Grow)
Garden Feast Annual Gala Luncheon

Join us on Wednesday, 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. This year we are honoring Mayor Gavin Newsom with our Green Champion Award for his outstanding work in urban greening.

11:00am – 12:30pm Wine, Hors d’oeuvres and Silent Auction featuring rare plants, wine, art, jewelry, garden décor, and more... Silent Auction Sneak Preview >> Special appearance by the “Walking Treeman.”

12:30pm – 2:00pm Enjoy a luscious organic luncheon prepared by McCall Associates, award presentation, and our keynote speaker, Nell Newman. Ms. Newman is a pioneer of the organic food movement and supporter of sustainable agriculture.

Call Heidi at (415) 661-1316, ext 304.

For Tickets & Information >>

Win a Paris Apartment Getaway
Paris Apartment Raffle

Imagine strolling through the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris…Support the Garden and win a stay in Paris. Raffle tickets are $100, and your odds are excellent for winning – less than 500 tickets will be sold. Buy your raffle tickets today: call Heidi at (415) 661-1316, ext. 304.


   Volunteer News
No Experience Necessary

Docent Training starts this month and we need you!
Help us share the Garden with our visitors and train to become an ambassador for SFBG. Adult Walk Training gives you successful techniques for interacting with garden visitors and engaging garden interpretation. Children's Walk Training teaches you to help city kids experience nature - right in the heart of San Francisco!

Adult Walk Training >> Children's Walk Training >>

Gondwana Circle & Ancient Plant Podcasts

SFBG is sponsoring an open, one-stage, international competition to select a design for the Gondwana Circle. Learn all about the competition from Bill Liskamm, the competition adviser.

Walk into the Ancient Plant Garden with your imagination turned on, says our guest Nan Crystal Arens, professor of geoscience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York and adviser for the ancient plant garden's renovation, and remember that the plants in this garden are the fabulous survivors!

Come take a listen and subscribe! >>

New Classes
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.
Introduction to California Plant Families
Dr. Glenn Keator guides you through the woods of Mt. Tam to learn how to "id" the 40+ common plant families found in California.
Living Stonework with Edwin Hamilton
Renowned stonemason Edwin Hamilton returns to SFBG to discuss his recent masonry and sculpture projects.

1st Annual Fall Garden Festival

1st Annual Fall Garden Festival
Experienced gardeners in San Francisco know the best time to plant is the fall. Postpone your Saturday chores and come learn more about plants and gardening from representatives of local horticultural and conservation organizations.

Members' Only Fête coming up: Thursday, September 17th

There's a lot to be said for hanging out with friends on the Library Terrace sipping a glass of wine after the gates have been closed for the day. There'll be something to edify or entertain you as well as tasty bits, potables and the company of your fellows.

Find out more >>