See the tallest living things on earth without leaving the City, New Art Exhibit and Gearing up to Celebrate the Cloud Forest!

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter
San Francisco Botanical Garden


Plant Sale: Native Plants & Succulents


Family Funday


Japanese Full Moon Walk


Aztec Dance Demonstration with Xitlalli Danza Azteca


Walk in the Clouds: Inside the Meso-American Cloud Forest


Colors from Nature: A Plant Dye Workshop

We're extremely proud that Children's Garden Educator Gretchen Norrell was recently named Site Supervisor of the Year by the Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP). Gretchen has done a terrific job of working with teen interns to pilot and implement new family programs which have helped serve about 1500 children and adults so far this year.

See Gretchen accept the award >>


Conifers and Cones by G. Lee Boerger: 20+ Years of Science and Art
& Cones

Reception: Thursday, September 12, 5–7pm

Artist G. Lee Boerger's brand new exhibit celebrates the venerable conifer through printmaking, acrylic on canvas and panels, and colored pencil, representing over 20 years of combining science with art.

View art >>



Cloud Forest Beauties Botanical Drawing Class


Cloud Forest Discovery


Children's Story Time


Birding at the Garden


Plant Sale: Trees, Ferns & Rhodos


Chocolate 101 with Dandelion Chocolate


Fall Members-Only Event


Harvest Full Moon Walk


Cloud Forest Discovery


Children's Story Time


Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of the Cloud Forest


Pumpkin Carving and Cocktails in the Garden


Children's Story Time

Volunteers needed
Get down and dirty
pulling out weeds, planting, mulching and working with our Gardeners to make every part of the Garden lush and beautiful. Starting this month, we are looking for motivated volunteers who can work once a week on either Tuesday or Thursday, 10am–2pm.

Details >>

Woods to Wildflowers
Visit the century-old Redwood Grove and experience one of the most remarkable and unique plant communities in the world!

Featuring: Wild Western Ginger

Don't let the name fool you, Asarum caudatum is not the ginger used to flavor dishes or relieve nausea. Despite its heady gingery smell, this olfactory doppelganger contains known carcinogens and is not safe to ingest.

Family Fun

Have fun while learning about California Native plants through Storytime, guided tours and crafting out in the Children's Garden, our last Family Funday of the season.

Next Plant Sale:
Saturday, September 14
Native Plants & Succulents

Walks & Guided Tours

Explore the Redwood Grove on your own with free maps or through free guided tours.

Resources & Discounts

Sweeten the deal with discounts on walks, books, gifts and more! Dig deeper and learn more with an amazing Guide to Sources on California Native Plants from the Library!

Cloud Forest: Beauty in the Mist
San Francisco Botanical Garden's unique foggy conditions make it one of the only outdoor botanical gardens in the world where the tropical cloud forest bloom can be seen. We're gearing up to present a host of special walks, classes, events and family activities celebrating these beauties in the mist, at their best from October through December. See our list of Cloud Forest activities in the calendar to the left and stay tuned for more info!

Membership Benefits
Members Savor Summer

Savor some of San Francisco's warmest weather with a membership to SFBGS. The sunshine never felt so good on the Great Meadow and the Luculia blooms never smelled as sweet. Membership includes discounts on classes, tours, plants, books, and invitations to special events as well as the pride of knowing you are helping to protect the earth while supporting your local botanic garden.

Become a Member Today

Experience Nature through a Child's Eyes

Every school year, our Children's Walk Guides introduce young children to the wonders of the natural world. Would you like to help connect them to their environment through an exploration of the plants, animals and insects that flourish here? The next training session starts September 24 and lasts 12 weeks.

Children's Walk Guide Training Starts September 24

Eat-a-Bug Cookbook Demonstration
Dozens Eat Bugs at Eat-a-Bug Cookbook Demonstration

The crowd of more than 50 chanted "eat it, eat it" exhorting fellow workshop attendees to go ahead and eat a bug. Author David George Gordon returned to the Garden after his very successful Slugs and Snails lecture to promote his Eat-a-Bug Cookbook. It was an extremely lively class with Gordon joking as he cooked up some crawly treats, including chocolate covered grasshoppers, cricket kebabs, chex mix with crickets and deep fried tarantula.

Going into the demonstration, many participants said they were "just observing". But in polling guests as they left, we learned just about everyone had eaten a bug.

Upcoming Classes

Summer Reading Club Success

This summer the Helen Crocker Russell Library launched its very first Summer Reading Club, and nearly fifty children signed up to read books about pollinators, decomposers, fruits and vegetables, and other nature-related themes.

Read the Full Report >>

SFBGS Welcomes Development Director Lillian Archer

Lillian ArcherLillian joined SFBGS in February 2013 as Associate Director of Development and is thrilled at the opportunity to expand her responsibilities and support of the Botanical Garden Society as its Director of Development. Lillian most recently served as the Director of Development & Community Relations for Stanford University Hillel. Originally from New York City, Lillian has an M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management from City University of New York– Baruch College. In addition to spending time with visitors, supporters and colleagues in the Garden, Lillian is passionate about food and cooking, photography, travel and the small fruit and vegetable garden she designed and cares for in her San Francisco backyard. A San Franciscan since 2009, she lives in Potrero Hill with her husband Adam.