At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : August 11, 2010

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

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A Place to Learn

Garden Feast 2010

The Best Thing You Can Do

Going to Seed and more from Hortiphile

Buddy Club Shows

New Classes

Spotlight On: Growing Urban Edibles Fall Workshop

SFBG Now Charges Admission

In the face of severe budget cuts, the Recreation & Park Department has implemented a $7.00 non-resident admission to SFBG. All SF city & county residents, members and school groups are admitted at NO CHARGE.

Admission will help maintain our living collection of more than 50,000 plants from around the world.

Admission Fees >>
Admission FAQ >>

3 Days
until the next plant sale!

Featuring: Shade Plants

August 14

Will I have to pay admission to attend plant sales?

Beginning August 7, there will be an admissions charge to enter the Gardens. For the first two months, there will be no charge to plant sale customers. Simply inform the person at the admissions kiosk that you are going to the plant sale, and you will not be charged. After two months a permanent policy will be put into place.


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

Docent Training >>


Upcoming Storytime: August 15

The Old Tree
In this beautifully written and illustrated book by celebrated children's author Ruth Brown, resident animals save a tree marked for cutting by transforming the paint mark into a bird house.

About Storytime >>
August Book List >>

California Gardener's Resource

California Gardener's Resource: All You Need to Know to Plan, Plant & Maintain a California Garden. By Bruce and Sharon Asakawa ($19.95)

More from the Garden Bookstore >>

Agapanthus, the stalwart garden "ol' reliable" has a long history of success in mediterranean climates. Originating from South Africa, Agapanthus made the voyage to western gardens as early as 1652, when the Dutch collected exotic plants in Capetown. Today, Apaganthus has proven itself quite adaptable. It can be used in borders, mixes well in a bed of perennials and is just as happy along California highways. Its demands are few, and it rewards us with lush clumps of shiny strap-like leaves and blooms that last from late Spring to early Autumn. You'll find Agapanthus 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. 54  |  August 2010
   From the Director
A Place to Learn
Dear Friends,

Botanical Gardens are beautiful and inspiring and provide a respite. But they are also places to learn. This Fall we have established two new, in-depth class series to help you do that. For the first time, San Francisco Botanical Garden will be the host for the revered Master Gardener series of classes. There are only 12 spots in this 12-week intensive course, and they fill early. However, there are two half-day, hands on workshops taught by the same level of instructors who teach the full course…

Read the full report >>

   Reserve Your Space Now!
Garden Feast 2010

In just over a month, SFBGS celebrates our 70th anniversary at Garden Feast. This celebrated annual garden party includes a silent auction of rare plants and other treasures, a raffle for a luxurious stay in Paris and a gala luncheon by McCall Associates. Including author Pam Peirce as this year's very special keynote speaker.

More about Garden Feast >>

   Notes from a Plant Nut
The Best Thing You Can Do

The best thing you can do in the Zellerbach Perennial Garden is nothing. Do nothing but take it all in, exhale and relax. Sit beneath the trellis and take in the long, spectacular view. After a while, if you can summon the energy, move over to the lawn and take a seat surrounded by the masses of flowers.

Read the full article >>

   From Our Blog
New this Month on Hortiphile

Seed Saving Going to Seed
Looking for an excuse to do nothing? Let your garden go to seed.

Pardon My Rant
Hanging out in the garden this weekend, we worked ourselves into a frenzy discussing the changing role of the backyard gardener.

Pruning Tomato Plants Interesting story in the Los Angeles Times on pruning tomatoes. Sungolds are her favorites, a tomato San Franciscans can grow just as well as Los Angeleans.

Taking It To The Streets
Street gardens in the Mission are looking fabulous.

   Family Fun
The Buddy Club Rocks!
Buddy Club

The Buddy Club children's shows are be back again on August 29th and September 26th. Nationally known comedian and magician Robert Strong is on deck for the August performance. These shows are for families with young children, and of course, grandchildren are especially welcome.

Summer Schedule and all the Details >>

New Classes
Chinese Brush Painting
Celebrated artist Feng Chen will lend her expertise to teaching students of all skill levels how to create beautiful botanical brush paintings.
Poetry, Drinks and Cupcakes in the Garden
Join poet Jill Lurie in the Demonstration Garden for a special event to delight all your senses.
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?
Japanese Moon Viewing Party
Come and enjoy the last full moon before the autumn equinox, as we share traditions of Japanese moon viewing on the shores the Garden's lovely Moon Viewing Pond.

Growing Urban Edibles: Fall Workshop

Growing Urban Edibles: Fall Workshop

Learn from Master Gardeners in this hands-on workshop how to grow edibles in an urban environment. Designed for beginning and intermediate gardeners.