In bloom in July, the "California Tree Poppy" is lighting up hillsides from Sonoma to Baja. Check out Dendromecon hartfordii
in this month's
feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and locations.
The night after the Summer Solstice we had our quarterly membership event in the Demonstration Garden with music, wine and hors d'oeuvres. It was a different atmosphere in part because it was WARM! The fog moved in right at 7:00 as the party was breaking up. Good timing.
The last week of June was focused on hosting the delegates to the American Botanical Gardens Association annual conference. More than 600 attended, and the Conservatory of Flowers and the Botanical Garden hosted almost 500 attendees for cocktails, tours and a dinner here at the Botanical Garden. The weather was perfect, and our guests made themselves right at home.
The theme of this year's conference was Sustainability. It's what all serious garden institutions are talking about, and most are doing something about it, too. It is exhilarating to see botanical gardens all over the United States and abroad taking a leading role in educating the public about the challenges of species extinction as well as providing research and rescue missions to protect and preserve endangered plant species.
I thought you would want to know that something is being done, and that your affiliation with this Botanical Garden is supporting that activity on behalf of the environment. Thanks for your support.
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
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At the request of some SFBGS members, a new membership category, Garden Keeper, has been developed for members who prefer to make recurring gifts to the Garden. As a Garden Keeper member, you agree to make an ongoing monthly gift of support. Your contributions can be deducted directly from your credit card or bank account. When it's time to renew, just enter a donation amount (minimum $11 per month). We ask you to make a 12-month commitment, but you are free to change or cancel your recurring gift at any time.
When your monthly gift is made, you will receive a receipt of your donation. Once a year, we will send you a record of your giving history for tax purposes. Recurring gifts are not only a convenient, safe and secure way to make donations, they are the most effective means of raising support for the Garden, allowing more of your donation to go directly to our many high-quality programs.
You may even be able to double or triple the impact of your recurring gift to the Garden if your employer offers a matching gift program!
For more information on becoming a Garden Keeper Member through a recurring gift, please call (415) 564-3239, ext. 303 or visit our website.
Save the Date!
Mark your calendar...
Garden Feast 2006
the annual benefit luncheon for San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2006, from 11am-2pm, on the rolling lawn of the Garden's Great Meadow. We are honored to have Michael Pollan, author or “Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” as our keynote speaker this year. Tickets start at $175. For information and reservations, call (415) 564-3239, ext. 304. Don’t miss it!