At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : Nov. 10, 2010

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

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Technology Helping our Garden Grow

The Turkey Walk-Off

Plant the Seeds of a Plant Nut

New Classes

Spotlight On: Holiday Greens

Sponsor a Bench and Make a Difference

'Tis the Season

The Great Garden Winter Shootout

Three days til the next plant sale.


November 13 >>

Last chance for plants.


December 11 >>


Upcoming Storytimes: 11/20 & 12/4

Where in the Wild? Camouflaged Animals Concealed...and Revealed.
Readers are challenged to find hidden animals in their environments, through humorous poetic hints and lift-the-flaps revealing the solutions.

About Storytime >>
Nov. Book List >>

Autumn Colors of Kyoto: A Seasonal Portfolio
Autumn Colors of Kyoto: A Seasonal Portfolio. Photographs by Hidehiko Mizuno, Kayu Mizuno, Yasutaka Ogawa ($18.00)

More from the Garden Bookstore >>

Protea repens, or 'Sugarbush', must have covered the Cape Flats of South Africa centuries ago, before its populations were vastly reduced for its wood and nectar. As early as the 1670s, European settlers collected the plentiful nectar from the flowerheads. The nectar was cooked down to a thick ruby-red syrup called 'bossiestroop' and used as a sugar substitute. The syrup was also believed to be an effective treatment for coughs and other chest ailments. Find out more about Protea repens 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. 57  |  November 2011
   From the Director
Technology Helping our Garden Grow
Dear Friends,

There is simply nothing more basic to the mission and viability of any museum than its collection.  From the collection comes research, public education, preservation and, of course, beauty.  Over the last 10 years the Society has put in place a plan to carefully build our collections management department to match, over time, the demands of the diverse material the Botanical Garden stewards. I have long believed that one of the best ways to sustain a collection is to know what you have, where it came from, what its ethnobotanical uses are or were in each culture, and under what conditions each plant and plant community thrives…

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   Garden Day
The Turkey Walk-Off
The Turkey Walk-Off

Feeling a little stuffed from the stuffing?  Come to the Botanical Garden and walk that turkey off! The Garden is the perfect place to show those out-of-town relatives San Francisco's jewel of a garden.

Guided tours available at 1:30 and 2 pm, or wander on your own through exquisite gardens filled with spectacular plants from around the world. A great family outing with the added benefit of walking off that yummy, but perhaps too bountiful Thanksgiving dinner.

Friday, November 26th 10am – 5pm

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   Notes from a Plant Nut
Plant the Seeds of a Plant Nut

Plants! I am an unabashed cheerleader for plants. That's why one of the saddest sights in the world is bored friends at a botanical garden – their hortiphile friend needs to plant the seeds to create more plant nuts. The first step? Remind them of our connection to plants…

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New Classes
Slugs, Bugs and Bigger Thugs
Join SFBG Gardener Bob Fiorello to learn safe and sane pest management for Bay Area gardens.
Herbs For Your Thanksgiving Feast!
San Francisco Herbalist Georgann Cunney explores the many ways that herbs can be incorporated in your Thanksgiving feast.
Window Box and Deck Gardening
Horticulturist Ellyn Shea shows how to match the right plant for your space for healthy plants and less heartache.
Wreath-Making Workshop
Round up the family and join us for a holiday tradition at the Botanical Garden!
Master Urban Composter Certification Program
Get certified and become an expert on urban waste reduction, with a no-smell, no-pests emphasis.

Get Your Holiday Greens
Holiday Greens

Get an exotic supply of greens for wreaths, garlands and all your holiday decorating at our 2-For-1 Plant Sale on December 11th.

   Commemorate Someone Special
Sponsor a Bench and Make a Difference
Commemorative Benches

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!

Contact Heidi Wohlwend at (415) 661-1316 ext. 304, or email for more info.

   Coming Soon!
'Tis the Season for Holiday Plants

Plants are an integral part of the holiday season.
Throughout the world, plants are used to add festive touches to the home, in savory holiday recipes, and in cultural and religious traditions. We'll be featuring some of those plants used around the world to help celebrate this special time of year in a special garden exhibit next month. Look for more info in the next issue of At the Garden.

Calling all Photographers!

The Great Garden Winter Shootout
by Saxon Holt

The latest photography contest
is launching on the Winter Solstice, December 21st and will be led by our very own critically-acclaimed garden photographer, Saxon Holt. More details to come in the December newsletter.