At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : October 6, 2009

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

   In this Issue

Garden Feast Recap

Podcasts on Membership and the Edible Garden

New Classes & Events

Ecology of the School Garden

Thank you for Supporting Garden Feast

Member Party at Flora Grubb Gardens

New Art Show

4 Days
until the next plant sale!

Trees, Ferns & Rhododendrons

October 10


"Plant Portraits"
Now - January 4, 2010

Plants in Transition

Botanical prints by Kristin Jakob and drawings.

About the exhibit >>

Cavellini Calendar

Cultivate your Gift List
with Cavellini Calendars

These perennial favorites sell out fast, so get yours early. Now available in the Garden Bookstore.

View all calendars >>

San Francisco: A Natural History Images of America

San Francisco: A Natural History (Images of America)
By Greg Gaar and Ryder W. Miller ($19.99)

More from the Garden Bookstore >>


Too Many Pumpkins

Rebecca Estelle can't stand pumpkins, but when a huge pumpkin ends up smashed in her yard, what is she to do? Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White is a delightful story about giving up old ideas and trying something new.

Oct. Book List >>
About Storytime >>

The Ginkgo tree is a botanical survivor with an ancestral line millions of years old. Often called a living fossil, it resembles no other tree, neither broadleaf or conifer. Its origins are believed to be in southeastern China, and old trees are still found around Chinese temples. Look for Ginkgo biloba in the Ancient Plant Garden and in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Ginkgo biloba
At the Garden: Issue No. 44  |  October 2009
   From the Director
Dear Friends,

On September 23, 500 guests gathered on the Great Meadow under a large tent in the center of the San Francisco Botanical Garden to celebrate the 10th annual Garden Feast. Garden Feast is the Society's signal fund raising event of the year, and its proceeds benefit our 10,000-strong Youth Education Program. We were honored to have Nell Newman of Newman's Own Foundation address the issue of sustainable agriculture, bringing home a message of practical methods we can all employ to preserve our planet …

Read the full Garden Feast report >>
Membership Benefits and Edible Gardening at SFBG

Membership Manager Jay Estey Find out about the many incredible benefits awaiting you with membership to the SF Botanical Garden Society from Membership Manager Jay Estey.

Edible Garden at SF Botanical Garden Learn how easy it is to grow your own vegetables in San Francisco by visiting our new Demonstration Garden.

Learn about Memberhip and the new Demonstration Garden from Membership Manager Jay Estey >>

New Classes
Holiday Botanicals and Card Design
Extending our popular card making class to eight weeks, we will concentrate on the foliage and winter berries found at SFBG.
Oh Deer! Coping With Bambi in the Garden
Tried-and-true techniques to help your garden coexist peacefully with Bambi.
Designing with Grasses II
Back by popular demand! This time, grassologist Bob Hornback will be showing you grasses that are especially attractive in the fall.
Fall Harvest: Medicinal Roots, Barks, and Fruits of California
Explore the diverse array of medicinal biennial and perennial plants found growing throughout California.
Garden-Style Propagation
Learn from SFBGS Curator Dr. Don Mahoney about how to grow choice subtropical specimens from Mexico, South America, and South Africa.
Chinese Brush Painting
Celebrated artist Feng Chen teaches students of all skill levels how to create beautiful botanical brush paintings.

Basic Fall Pruning

Basic Fall Pruning
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.

Teacher Training Opportunity

Ecology of the School Garden
The Ecology of the School Garden

Teachers, deepen your understanding of the ecological and scientific principals at work in the outdoor classroom. Sponsored in partnership with the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance.

Learn more >>

Thank you for Supporting Garden Feast
Garden Feast Annual Gala Luncheon 2009

At Garden Feast, guests enjoyed a superb luncheon on the Botanical Garden's Great Meadow catered by Dan McCall Associates and complemented by Bonterra Vineyards' organic wines.

Mayor Gavin Newsom was the recipient of the SFBGS' 2009 Green Champion Award. Nell Newman gave the keynote address. She encouraged all to be socially responsible, politically involved, and philanthropic.

SFBGS would like to thank everyone involved in making Garden Feast 2009 our biggest fundraiser of the year! We’d especially like to thank our Corporate Sponsors

Garden Feast 2009 Sponsors

Read more and see photos from Garden Feast >>

Cinch your Seats at the Flora Grubb Soirée

Society Members Garden Lovers and above with be treated to a one-of-a-kind members-only party on Wednesday, October 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Flora Grubb Gardens here in San Francisco. Upgrade your membership to cinch your seats!

Find out more >>