At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : March 30, 2010

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New Generations of Tree Canopy

The Natives Erupt!

New Classes

"Such Treasure and Rich Merchandize"

Celebrate a Birthday or Honor a Memory AND Support the Garden

Don't Stand in Line at the Spring Plant Sale Members' Preview!

4 Days
until the next plant sale!

General Sale

April 3



Members' Preview:
Friday, April 30th
5pm – 8pm

Public Sale:
Saturday, May 1st
10am – 4pm

Designing California Native Gardens

By Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook ($29.95)

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Upcoming Storytimes: April 18 (closed April 4, Easter)

Eeny, Meeny, and Miney Mole
Eeny, Meeny, and Miney Mole are three mole sisters who live in a deep, dark hole underground. Meeny and Miney are content to stay underground forever, but Eeny has heard wonderful things about Up Above and wants to see what the world is like above ground.

About Storytime >>
April Book List >>

This small tree bears a multitude of golden buds. At blooming time, the bright, hairy bud scales (perules) split off to reveal an ivory flower with "butter-yellow stamens like lashes opening to the sun," as described by one grower. Look for Magnolia laevifolia in the Library Terrace 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. 50  |  April 2010
   From the Director
New Generations of Tree Canopy
Dear Friends,

The tree canopy of the Botanical Garden is reaching the end of its life. Planted in the late 19th century to stabilize the shifting dunes that once blanketed Golden Gate Park, virtually all of the remaining trees have greatly outlived others of their species (Cupressus macrocarpa, Pinus radiata, and Eucalypus globulus) living in the rockier drier habitats along the Northern California coast…

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   Notes from a Plant Nut
The Natives Erupt!
The Native Garden Explodes in Bloom

The Native Plant Garden at the San Francisco Botanical Garden will be at the height of its spectacular bloom in April and May. Predictions are that this will be a great year for California wildflowers. Come by and catch the breathtaking wildflower meadow in full glory. With hundreds of plants flowering, you won't want to miss the show.

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New Classes
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.
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.

Phantastic Phormiums: The New Zealand Flaxes

Phantastic Phormiums: The New Zealand Flaxes
Here's your chance to learn everything you ever wanted to know about Phormiums. Phormium fanatic Bob Hornback will present dozens of new and old varieties – including several of his own introduction – and will show you how to select and care for the best ones for your garden.

"Such Treasure and Rich Merchandize": Exotic Flora and Fauna in the Indian Spice Trade
Such Treasure and Rich Merchandize: Exotic Flora and Fauna in the Indian Spice Trade

with Anna Spudich
Friday, April 23, 2:00-4:00 pm
Education Studio
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St.
$15 members/$25 non-members

The natural products of India – botanical medicines, spices, rare woods and gems – inspired the initiation of trade between Europe and India in the pre-modern era.

Anna Spudich is currently a visiting professor at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore and adjunct faculty at the Indian Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine.

Registration form >>

Celebrate a Birthday or Honor a Memory AND Support the Garden
Sample SFBG Commemorative Card

Commemorative cards are now available to honor someone special. Mark a special occasion, celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a holiday, a special memory or simply say Thank You by donating to the Garden in honor of a special person. We'll send the honoree a beautiful card with an image from the Garden.

More about Commemorative Cards >>

Don't Stand in Line at the Annual Spring Plant Sale Members' Preview!
Annual Plant Sale

The Members' Preview of the Annual Spring Plant Sale takes place on Friday, April 30th, from 5pm to 8pm. An attractive alternative to standing in line that afternoon is available to those at the Garden Lover membership level ($125) or higher. A wine-and-hors d'oeuvres reception from 4 to 5pm fuels one for the adventure ahead, and includes entry to the Sale at 5pm for two adults without the wait.

Details and more Member News >>