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

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SFBG in 2010

Our Collections at Your Fingertips

Meet our Exhibiting Artist

The Great Garden Winter Shootout

'Tis the Season for Holiday Plants Special Exhibit

Holiday Crafts Bazaar

New Classes

Spotlight On: A Chocolate Tasting Event

Master Urban Composter 2011 Certification Program

Donate Now

Three days til the last plant sale of 2010.

2–for–1 PLANT
December 11 >>

Lunar New Year Flower Market


"Nature's Geometry: Surprises of Botanical Design"

Nature's Geometry: Surprises of Botanical Design: Meet the Artist

Saturday December 11

Learn about how she creates her amazing photography and why she likes to get up close and personal with a plant >>

Up Next

"Rose Studies"
Coming January 5th

Learn more >>


Upcoming Storytimes: 12/18 & 1/8

Night Tree

About Storytime >>
Dec. Book List >>

Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-of-Hearts, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants.
Bizarre Botanicals by Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross ($24.95)

More from the Garden Bookstore >>

Camellia sinensis, or "tea camellia" is a modest looking member of the beautiful Camellia family, and economically its most important. Whether this species of camellia originated in China, Japan, Indo-China, India, Burma, Korea, or the Philippines is lost in time. For thousands of years its tender young leaves have been used in tea making. Find out more about Camellia sinensis 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. 58  |  December 2011
   From the Director
SFBG in 2010
Dear Friends,

This has been a busy year!  I hope to beat the other year-end writers by covering our progress before everyone else jumps in for this time-honored tradition.  Marking time, though an artificial creation, is helpful to keep records of our past and remind us of how to position ourselves for the future…

Read the full report >>

   From the Associate Curator
Our Collections at Your Fingertips
We're pleased to debut a new online tool, the SFBG Plant Finder. If you have an internet connection, you can access our world-class plant collections, putting loads of botanical information at your fingertips. This easy new tool lets you search by common or scientific name, garden section and more. And the results provide detailed information including, specific locations, quantities and photos…

Read the full report >>

Go to the Plant Finder >>

   New this Month

Calling all Photographers!

The Great Garden Winter Shootout
by Saxon Holt

A brand new photo contest
launches Winter Solstice, December 21st and will be led by critically-acclaimed garden photographer, Saxon Holt. Cooler temperatures, fog and overcast skies can make for extremely vibrant colors and very interesting shots. Shoot magnolias, aloes, or whatever strikes you at the San Francisco Botanical Garden during the Great Garden Winter Shootout.

Photo Contest Details >>

'Tis the Season for Holiday Plants Special Exhibit

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 opening to the public December 10th.

More about this Special Exhibit >>

   Members-Only Special Event
A Holiday Crafts Bazaar

'Tis the season to share good cheer!
Join the members and staff of SFBGS as we come together to celebrate the season with some light nosh and a glass of wine. Don't miss this unique opportunity to peruse handmade wares and crafts, plants, seeds, garden books and ephemera - and take some home with you as gifts for your loved ones.
quill ornaments  - handmade journals - beaded jewelry - hair flowers - art - botanical ephemera - Navajo blankets - SFBGS bookstore items - bulbs, plants, wreaths, candles and more!

Thursday, December 9th, 6-8pm
SF County Fair Bldg Auditorium

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Give a Gift of the Garden this Holiday Season
Garden Membership

A gift of Garden

Dedicate a stone around the Fountain to someone

New Classes
Chinese Brush Painting
Make plants come alive with this ancient and elegant art form.
Master Urban Composter 2011 Certification Program
Get certified and become an expert on urban waste reduction, with a no-smell, no-pests emphasis.
Magnificent Magnolias Walk
Celebrate these garden treasures at the peak of their bloom in one of the finest collections of deciduous magnolias in the United States.
Botanical Latin
Learn the easy way how botanical names are created, and if you have been unsure about how to pronounce them, this is the course for you.

A Chocolate Tasting Event

Taste delicious origin chocolates and learn about the botany and cultural history of Theobroma cacao, and its long and complex journey from pod to chocolate.

   Coming Next Month!
Master Urban Composter Certification Program
Master Urban Composter

January – March, 2011
We are excited to present an all new Certification Program for the Master Urban Composter. Taught by The Worm Lady, Alane Weber, this program features hands-on workshops, lectures and class projects. A special focus of the 2011 program will be urban waste reduction, with a no smell, no pests emphasis.

Learn more >>