At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : Jan. 12, 2010

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2009 Highlights at the Garden

New Botanical Art Exhibit

Notes from a Plant Nut: Your Quickest Tropical Vacation Ever

Explore the Garden with School Children

Help Guide Our Visitors

Podcast: Gondwana Circle Design Competition Winners

New Classes

Spring Wildflowers of Pinnacles National Monument

New Locations for Benches

New Member Perks


"Nature Observed"
On display until Apr. 30

Nature Observed

Watercolors by Thomas P. Rohlen

About the exhibit >>

Flora Mirabilis: How Plans Have Shaped World Knowledge, Health, Wealth and Beauty

Flora Mirabilis: How Plans Have Shaped World Knowledge, Health, Wealth and Beauty
By Catherine Herbert Howell
Forward by Peter H. Raven ($35.00)

More from the Garden Bookstore >>


Next Storytime:
January 17th

The Pea Blossom
Beautifully illustrated, this retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen tale is about five peas in a shell in Beijing who dream of life outside of the pod.

About Storytime >>

Jan. Book List

Gracing the hills and mountains of Cape Province in South Africa, Aloe plicatilis, or "Fan Aloe," adds drama to our Garden with its fan-like arrangement of fleshy leaves tipped in orange. The species name, "plicatilis," means fan-like, pleated or folding together. The fans of leaves display in two opposing rows with a spike of scarlet tubular flowers rising from the center on a tall solitary stem. Look for Aloe plicatilis 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. 47  |  January 2010
   From the Director
Dear Friends,

So many of you have been supportive of the work the Society does to make the Botanical Garden more beautiful and true to its conservation education beginnings that I thought that you would like to know what has happened this year to improve both appearance and conservation education initiatives. Fully aware as we all are of the tendency to do this sort of review at the end or beginning of a year, I could not resist the temptation because so many improvements have occurred. So please indulge me, and here we go…

2009 Highlights at the Garden >>
   Notes from a Plant Nut
Chase the Winter Blues Away: Your Quickest Tropical Vacation Ever

Looking for the quickest antidote for your winter blues? A walk through our Meso-American Cloud Forest. It's at its peak this time of year defying the short daylight and winter rains, putting on a stupendous, flower-filled show.

Read the full article >>

Enjoy Spending Time with Children and Being Outdoors?
Become a Children's Docent

Explore the Garden with school children as a Children's Docent!
Tuesdays, 9am – 12:30pm, Feb. 9 – Apr 27
This three-month program will introduce 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.

More about Children's Docent Training >>

Help Guide Our Visitors
Become a Docent

Join one of the top ten botanical gardens in the United States, with a collection of over 8,500 different plants, for this Spring's Docent Training, and learn how to introduce garden visitors to the tremendous collection of plants and gardens that make up SFBG.

Ten Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Starting February 20th

More about Adult Docent Training >>

New Podcast: Gondwana Circle Design Competition Winners
Gondwana Circle Design Competition Winners

Designers from around the world took part in the Gondwana Circle Design Competition at the Garden. On this report, Michael Overby and Emma Fuller, competition winners, share their ideas about the project.

Take a listen and subscribe! >>
The winning design (PDF 7MB) >>

New Classes
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.
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.
Embracing Sustainability
An invaluable 1-day seminar with gardening greats Don Mahoney and Glenn Keator teaching us to make conscious gardening decisions to minimize our impact on nature.
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.

Spring Wildflowers of Pinnacles National Monument

Spring Wildflowers of Pinnacles National Monument
Hike with naturalist Glenn Keator to discover spectacular and rugged scenery among ancient rock pinnacles, as well as an extravaganza of colorful wildflowers tucked among gray pines, oaks, and rocks.

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.

Enjoy Free Admission to the 2010 SF Flower & Garden Show

Support the Botanical Garden by increasing your membership level and be our guest at much-anticipated SF Flower & Garden Show any day, Wednesday through Sunday, March 24th – 28th.

Details and NEW Member Benefits >>