At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : Dec. 1, 2009

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Message from the Director

Podcast: Walking Tour of the Redwood Trail

New Classes

Wreath-Making Workshop

Year-end Gifts

Stock Transfers

New Locations for Benches

Member Holiday Bash

Last Plant Sale in '09
2-for-1 Sale!


Plant Sale

The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn

The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn
By John Greenlee
Photography by Saxon Holt ($34.95)

More from the Garden Bookstore >>

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
Dec 6 & 20

A Ladder to the Stars
Whimsically illustrated, A Ladder to the Stars is about a young girl's wishes to dance with a star.

About Storytime >>

Dec. Book List

Holly, the quintessential Christmas symbol brings to mind the classic song, “Pine Cones and Holly Berries”. A botanical misnomer, holly berries are not really berries at all, but drupes. A drupe is a fleshy fruit surrounding a seed, while a berry is a fruit with multiple seeds. "Pine Cones and Holly Drupes?" Doesn't have the same ring, so we'll leave it as is. Look for Holly or Ilex aquifolium in the Temperate Asia 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. 46  |  December 2009
   From the Director
Dear Friends,

As I write this letter rain clouds are gathering rapidly and the wind is picking up. At last, some water for our thirsty gardens that we don't have to pay for! It appears that this could be a wet winter but one in which we get rain in intense cloudbursts. In between it's tempting to let our gardens go without irrigation forgetting that the coolness of winter does not always translate to moisture. Overall, though, this should be a good winter for our plants.…

Read about December events at the Garden >>
New Podcast: The Redwood Trail Walking Tour
Redwood Walking Tour

Join us for Part 2 of our exploration of our Coast Redwoods. Mia Monroe, Site Supervisor at Muir Woods National Monument, leads us on an amazing 11-stop walking tour. Listen online or download the entire tour (including map) to your portable media player. A fun activity the whole family!

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New Classes
A Chocolate Tasting Event
Follow the botany and cultural history of Theobroma cacao, and its long and complex journey from pod to chocolate.
Attracting Native Bees to Your Yard
Find out about the plants and gardening practices that will encourage bees to take up residence in your garden from Dr. Gordon Frankie of UC Berkeley.
Botanical Illustration I - Pencil Techniques
This is a class for the absolute beginner. You will learn to draw in this class!
Chinese Brush Painting
Celebrated artist Feng Chen teaches students of all skill levels how to create beautiful botanical brush paintings.
Beautiful Palms for Bay Area Gardens
Jason Dewees, palm expert at Flora Grubb Gardens and longtime SFBG volunteer, discusses unusual palms that can introduce new beauty into your garden.

Wreath Making Workshop

Wreath Making Workshop
Round up the family and join us for a holiday tradition at the Botanical Garden! Create unique, festive wreaths and garlands to usher in the season, using colorful greens and cuttings straight from the Garden.

Year-end Gifts Nurture our Living Museum
Donate Now!

Your gift to the Garden is a gift to the community – a gift to all who enjoy these 55 acres!

A year end gift of any size will help us continue to make an enormous difference in the quality of life for our community. Won't you help today? It takes many hands to keep our Garden growing.

Read about How our Volunteers Help the Garden >>

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 >>

Give by December 31!
Get started with our easy Stock Transfer Instructions >>

New Locations for Benches
Commemorative Benches

Pathways Project Provides More Space for Benches
Commemorative benches are now available for placement in a choice of peaceful settings throughout the Garden.

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!

Please contact Heidi Wohlwend at (415) 661-1316 ext. 304. Or email: for more information.

Join us for our Big Holiday Bash!

Don't forget to mark your calendar: the date of our final Quarterly Members' Event of the year is Thursday, December 10th, from 6 to 8 PM, not December 3rd as published in a prior Leaflet.  This is our traditional Holiday gathering, with a woodwind quintet, a presentation and signing of their remarkable new book, Evidence of Evolution, by author Mary Ellen Hannibal and nature photographer Susan Middleton, a clutch of craftspeople and artists with an array of gift offerings, and, of course, the good company of the SFBGS community.

Where to R.S.V.P. and more Member News >>