At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : July 7, 2010

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Garden Celebrations

The Garden of Fragrance Heats Up in Summer

Xtreme Passionflower

The Garden Turns 70

Buddy Club Shows

White Flower Farm Offer

New Classes

Spotlight On: Botanical Latin

3 Days
until the next plant sale!

Featuring: Salvias & Shrubs

July 10

Docent Training

Mark your calendars! The next Docent Training starts in September.

Docent Training >>

Win a Trip to Paris

So You Want to be a Garden Designer?

By the Love Albrecht Howard ($29.95)

More from the Garden Bookstore >>


Upcoming Storytimes: July 11 & 18

Wiggle and Waggle
Wiggle and Waggle work hard digging tunnels so beets, carrots and peas have room to grow. Even with all that work to do, they still manage to have fun with picnics, swimming and even singing.

About Storytime >>
July Book List >>

What's in a name? Romantic names like 'Farewell to Spring,' 'Wine Cups,' 'Scarlet Ribbons,' 'Godetia,' and 'Elegant Clarkia,' represent some of the many cultivars of Clarkia, a member of the evening primrose family. Many have pink cup-like faces with inner markings of purple; others have petals like shredded red silk ribbons. This elegant wildflower, by whatever name we may call it, is a delightful burst of summer color. You'll find Clarkia in the California 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. 53  |  July 2010
   From the Director
Garden Celebrations
Dear Friends,

What better place than the Botanical Garden to celebrate the diversity that is San Francisco? We have plans to ratchet up our annual Lunar New Year celebration this coming year, reaching out to ever more families for this joyous occasion. The Garden has hosted the Lunar New Year event for 11 years, but we want to assure that it remains relevant and a service to not only the Asian communities but also to all of San Francisco…

Read the full report >>

   Notes from a Plant Nut
Take A Sniff:
The Garden of Fragrance Heats Up in Summer

There's no better place to be on a sun-drenched summer afternoon than the Garden of Fragrance. The sun has warmed the plants throughout the day and their scents deliciously intoxicate the air. While our summers are notoriously fog-filled, head to the Garden of Fragrance when the sun breaks through for a perfumed stroll.

Read the full article >>

   From Our Blog
New this MonthThe Hortiphile

Xtreme PassionflowerXtreme Passionflower The Passiflora parritae blooms in our Chilean garden. >>

Watch as Leigh Glaser learns how to root cuttings in our Zellerbach Garden. "View From The Bay" Returns to the Garden >>

A Love-Hate Relationship
The orchid cactus has got to be one of the most outrageous teases in the garden.

Loyal Members and Donors

Thank you to our members and donors who contributed to our Spring campaign. We literally could not keep the Garden alive without you. Thank you again, from all of us at the Garden!

An Exciting Birthday

Did you know the Garden turns 70 this year? Help us celebrate and raise funds for our educational programs by attending Garden Feast. The most beautiful garden party in the City takes place on September 16. Get your tickets now by contacting Heidi Wohlwend at (415) 661-1316 Ext 304

More about Garden Feast >>

   Family Fun
Don't Miss the Buddy Club!
Buddy Club

The Flying Calamari Brothers was all but sold out last month, and the fun continues this month with "The Frisbee Show" Escape Artist, Juggler and Magician Greg Frisbee. Families with young children are THE target audience, and grandchildren are especially welcome.

Summer Schedule and all the Details >>

Things just got Greener for New Members!

White Flower Farm, an exclusive mail-order source for quality bulbs and plant starts, is partnering with SFBGS to give new and returning Society members a $25 credit toward any purchases. Additionally, White Flower Farm will rebate 10% of each and every Member purchase back to SFBGS.

How to take advantage of these special offers >>

New Classes
Summer Gardening Fair
Postpone your Saturday chores and come learn more about plants and gardening from representatives of local horticultural and conservation organizations. Join a local plant club, buy plants and plant products, or simply enjoy a day full of great activities and demonstrations.
Poetry, Drinks and Cupcakes in the Garden
Join poet Jill Lurie in the Demonstration Garden for a special event to delight all your senses.
Growing Urban Edibles: Fall Workshop
Learn from the experts in this hands-on workshop designed to help beginning and intermediate gardeners learn how to grow edibles in an urban environment.
Honey Bees in Crisis
How did this important insect found itself in its current predicament? And, how as individuals and gardeners we can we help?

Botanical Latin

Botanical Latin

"Turn right at the Robinia pseudoacadia, pass the garden with the Salvia officinalis, cross the road when you see the Stranvaesia davidinia and the pub is on the left!"
If you have been mystified about how scientific names are created, or if you have been unsure about how to pronounce them, then this is the course for you.