At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : June 8, 2010

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

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New Perimeter Signage

Head Down Under

New Classes

The Botany and Ecology of How Plants Grow

New From Our Blog

Celebrating Our 70th Anniversary

Spring Fundraising Drive

Buddy Club Shows

4 Days
until the next plant sale!

Featuring: Perennials

June 12



Gordon Wilson

Gordon Wilson, long-time children's walk and adult walk docent, led his 1000th tour on June 2nd.

More about this amazing Volunteer >>

What Tree is That?

By the Arbor Day Foundation ($14.95)

More from the Garden Bookstore >>


Upcoming Storytimes: June 6 & 20

Oliver's Vegetables
Oliver doesn't eat any vegetables except potatoes – French fries, to be exact – but when he visits his Grandpa's vegetable garden he makes some surprising discoveries. Lively, colorful illustrations enhance this delightful story.

About Storytime >>
June Book List >>

Beware this beastly botanical as you spend time outdoors this summer, or as the Coasters put it, "you're gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion". Toxicodendron diversilobum, a notorious perennial villain, attacks its enemies through toxic oil contained in its leaves, stems, roots and the skin of its berries. Commonly known as Poison Oak, it spreads its wrath from Baja to British Columbia masquerading as a shrub, vine or even small tree. You'll find Poison Oak creeping along hiking trails, in various cracks and crevices, 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. 52  |  June 2010
   From the Director
New Perimeter Signage
Dear Friends,

As I sit in my office on this early summer day the sun beats down on the blooming and bustling Garden. Although there are many exciting activities and events occurring in the Garden today there is one which stands higher than the rest; the installation of new perimeter signage…

Read the full report >>

   Notes from a Plant Nut
Head Down Under

It's all about textures and shapes. You can stand in any one spot in our Australian Garden and see dozens of wildly different shapes and textures without moving an inch. Oddly curling flowers, curiously angular leaves, woody barrel-shaped seedpods clinging to the branch like barnacles on a pier. The Australian garden is an awe-inspiring tapestry of leaves and flowers with some of the most fascinating shapes and textures in the plant kingdom.

Read the full article >>

New Classes
Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting:

Learn to paint flowers, animals and their environs in this ancient and elegant art from celebrated artist Feng Chen. Offered to students entering grades 6-12.
Native Salvias with Native Plant Partners
Nationally recognized salvia expert Betsy Clebsch sheds light on these charming and hearty plants that require little water, attract pollinators and insects, and spell sweet success for a healthy garden.
Greywater Workshop
In this workshop, experts from Hyphae Design Lab address a comprehensive range of greywater options from low-tech DIY solutions, to "off-the-shelf" packaged systems and high-tech automated treatment systems.
Poetry, Drinks and Cupcakes in the Garden
Join poet Jill Lurie in the Demonstration Garden for a special event to delight your senses.

Growing a Habitat Garden

Growing a Habitat Garden
Discover the best ways to create habitat in your home garden.

   From Our Blog
New this MonthThe Hortiphile

Cherry TomatoLast Chance for Romance: Ignore that fogbelt overhead and try a cherry tomato >>

Find the Best "Native" Palm for Bay Area Gardens from local palm expert, Jason Dewees >>

With our great climate, not only can we wear down jackets in July, we can grow lettuce year-round. Learn how to grow Urban Lettuce Year-Round >>

What's happening to our bees? Become a citizen scientist and join the hunt for bees. Join the Great Bee Hunt! >>

We're Celebrating the Garden's 70th Anniversary at Garden Feast

In 1940 the San Francisco Botanical Garden opened its gates to the public, fulfilling Helene Strybing's dream of a botanical garden for the people of San Francisco. By sponsoring a table or purchasing 2010 Garden Feast tickets, you will become an important part of this special moment in the Garden's history!

More about Garden Feast >>

Spring Fundraising Drive

With the advent of June, we're wrapping up our Spring Fundraising Drive. Please help us protect our precious collections with a donation. Donate today!

Help Us Protect Our Collections

Read a special message from the Director >>

Get Ready for the Buddy Club!
Buddy Club

Introducing our summer series of family-fun days! Starting June, the famous Buddy Club children's shows will be performing on the last Sunday of the month. Families are invited to picnic on the lawn after the show, and grandchildren are especially welcome.

Members, find out how you can attend the first performance for FREE >>