At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : Mar. 2, 2010

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We Need Your Help

Notes from a Plant Nut: Defy the Rains and Explore our South African Garden

New Classes

Late Winter Sustainable Garden Tour

Memorial Benches

Quarterly Members-Only Get-Together

3 Days
until the next plant sale!

General Sale

March 6

Bibliophiles and Plant Lovers:

It's a Plant Sale; it's a Book Sale! Don't miss a very special three-day event: March 26 – 28. Sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and SFBGS.

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Golden Gate Gardening

NEW RELEASE: Third Edition
"For vegetable gardening in the Bay Area, Golden Gate Gardening is indispensable – if you buy one gardening book, this is the one." Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma.

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Upcoming Storytimes: March 7 and 21

Pablos Tree
Each year on his birthday, Pablo looks forward to seeing how his grandfather has decorated the tree he planted on the day the boy was adopted.

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March Book List >>

Most of the world sees the calla lily as an exquisite rarity – even Katherine Hepburn remarked upon them in the movie Stage Door, "The calla lilies are in bloom again. Such a strange flower." But we San Franciscans are spoiled. We're all too familiar with calla lilies, for they seem to sprout up in any nook or cranny. Yet, they have few rivals when it comes to their classic beauty, simplicity and grace. Look for the calla lily 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. 49  |  March 2010
   From the Director
We Need Your Help
Dear Friends,

We can all be justifiably proud of the progress our Botanical Garden has made in the last year. The strength of the 55-year partnership between the City and the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (SFBGS) was never more evident than in the successfully concluded Pathway project that returned 8,600 square feet of pavement back to garden, made the pathways accessible for thousands of those with mobility disabilities, and made enjoying the collections a much more intimate affair. This project was jointly funded by the Recreation and Park Department — with Proposition 40 funds — and the SFBGS with privately raised funds. All of these funds were raised in better economic times. The fiscal crisis that our nation and city faces is hitting every agency and the Botanical Garden faces damaging cuts.…

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   Notes from a Plant Nut
Defy the Rains and Explore our South African Garden

A rainy day is one of the best times to explore the Botanical Garden. If you've got kids, this can be the kind of adventure that creates lifelong memories. They love romping around in a storm and defying the common expectation of hunkering down indoors when the weather gets wild. Bundle up in your warmest rain gear, bring your umbrellas and get ready to see nature at its finest. This time of year our South African plants are staggeringly beautiful.

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New Classes
Design Your Own Spring Victory Garden
Follow Michelle Obama's lead and join us for a one-day class about planning, planting and maintaining your own Victory Garden.
Chinese Plants for Food and Medicine
Noted local ethnobotanist Thomas Wang teaches about plants used in China that may be unfamiliar to Western gardeners and cooks.
Phantastic Phormiums: The New Zealand Flaxes
Phormium phanatic Bob Hornback will show you how to select and care for these easy-to-grow garden superstars.
Growing Proteas in Bay Area Gardens
Protea expert Jeff Rosendale shares the fundamentals as well as some detailed intricacies of cultivating proteas in the Bay Area.
White By Night
Celebrate the full moon with traditions of Japanese moon viewing on the shores of the Garden's lovely Moon Viewing Pond.

Late Winter Sustainable Garden Tour

Late Winter Sustainable Garden Tour
Take a trip to Kenwood Permaculture for an in-depth look at a living, breathing permaculture garden. Learn the principles and design concepts of the rapidly growing sustainable gardening movement.

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.

Quarterly Members-Only Get-Together March 18th
Library Courtyard

Mark your calendar: the first Quarterly Members' after-hours Social of 2010 is scheduled for Thursday, March 18th, from 6 to 8 PM. Pam Peirce, author of Golden Gate Gardening, will join us to talk about gardening in Bay Area micro-climates and to sign copies of her book.

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