At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : Nov. 10, 2009

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

   In this Issue

New Garden Design at SFBG

Podcasts on the Redwood Grove and Lifelong Learning

New Classes & Events

Sponsor a Bench

Year-end Giving

Member Holiday Bash

Explore Cuba

2 More Plant Sales!

End of the Season Plant Sale

2-for-1 Sale!


Plant Sale

Cavellini Calendar

Give the gift of nature
with Cavellini Calendars

These popular gift items sell out early, so get yours now. Available in the Garden Bookstore.

View all calendars >>


"Plant Portraits"
On display until Jan. 4

Plants in Transition

Botanical prints by Kristin Jakob and drawings.

About the exhibit >>


Upcoming Storytimes
Nov 15 & Dec 6

One Leaf Rides the Wind
One Leaf Rides the Wind follows a young girl on her path as she discovers a garden's delights, from one leaf to ten stone lanterns.

About Storytime >>

Nov. Book List

This maple tree catches the eye in the winter garden after leaves have fallen to clear the way for striking green and white striped bark. Acer morrisonense is a rare maple endemic to the mountains of Taiwan. The stripes are formed of alternating pockets of wax and chlorophyllic bark, giving it the common name it shares with 14 other maple species, "snake bark maple". Look for Acer morrisonense in the Rhododendron Garden and in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
Click for more on Acer morrisonense
At the Garden: Issue No. 45  |  November 2009
   From the Director
Dear Friends,

The Botanical Garden has benefited from the work of many great designers over the last 60 years: Larry Halprin, Tito Patri, Thomas Church to name a few of that generation's greats. More recently Ron Lutsko's California Native Garden and (under way) the Chilean/Andean Cloud Forest Garden grace and present our collections so effectively…

Read more about garden design at the Garden and our latest design >>
New Podcasts: Fog and the Redwoods, Lifelong Learning
Redwood Grove

The Coast Redwoods at the San Francisco Botanical Garden were planted around the turn of the 20th century and are among the oldest trees in the Garden. Site Supervisor at Muir Woods National Monument Mia Monroe talks to us about these giants >>

Lifelong learning is the cornerstone of the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s educational philosophy. Our guest is SFBG Executive Director Michael McKechnie >>

Take a listen and subscribe >>

New Classes
Chinese Brush Painting
Celebrated artist Feng Chen teaches students of all skill levels how to create beautiful botanical brush paintings.
Wreath-Making Workshop
Round up the family and join us for a holiday tradition at the Botanical Garden using colorful greens and cuttings straight from the Garden.
A Chocolate Tasting Event
Follow the botany and cultural history of Theobroma cacao, and its long and complex journey from pod to chocolate.
Botanical Illustration I - Pencil Techniques
This is a class for the absolute beginner. You will learn to draw in this class!
Ernest Wertheim and Cal Hort 1939-2009
Come hear Ernest speak on his fascinating life and involvement in California's rich horticultural history.

Garden-Style Propagation

Garden-Style Propagation
Learn from SFBGS Curator Dr. Don Mahoney about how to grow choice subtropical specimens from Mexico, South America, and South Africa.

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.

Year-end Giving

Gifts of Stock Benefit You and Support the Garden
A gift of stock is an excellent way to accomplish your charitable giving goals and make the most of your tax savings. Donate appreciated stock to SFBGS before the end of the year to receive a charitable tax deduction and avoid paying capital gains.

If you have questions, please contact Randy Davis, Donor Services Manager, by phone at (415) 661-1316, ext. 300 or by email at >>

Get started with our easy Stock Transfer Instructions >>

Join us for our Big Holiday Bash!

Be sure that you've noted in your calendar that the date for our members-only Holiday Celebration has been changed to Thursday, December 10th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We'll have a lot of delights waiting for you: food, wine, beer and a special cocktail offering, as well as sweets, savories and tasty bits. There will be musicians, a presentation of the remarkable new book Evidence of Evolution, with a signing by author Mary Ellen Hannibal and artist Susan Middleton, a clutch of craftspersons and artists with an array of gift offerings, several surprises and unexpected gifts, and of course the good company of the SFBGS community. Join us!

More Member News >>

   Just Heard

Led by Katherine Greenberg: Feb 18 – Mar 2

Explore Cuba!
Explore Cuba! Environment, Botanical Gardens & National Parks

Cuba is the largest, most diverse and species-rich island in the Caribbean. Join the Pacific Horticulture Foundation for this study tour. Highlights include:
- urban gardens in historic Havana
- national parks
- botanic gardens
- cuisine, music, and culture!

Visit PacHort for more info >>