It's easy to misspell fuchsia
, but did you know that it is also commonly mispronounced? Many know this cloud forest exotic as FYOO-shah, but the preferred pronounciation is actually FOOK-see-ah, as it is named after the 16th century German botanist, Leonard Fuchs. The fuchsia is a favorite in Bay Area gardens, and SFBG Plant Sales are a good source for the mite-resistant varieties that thrive here. Fuchsia boliviana
can be found in the Meso-American Cloud Forest, the South America Garden and in this month's In Bloom
feature, complete with photos, plant profile and exact locations.
One of the most delightful sights in this beautiful Garden is that of groups of young children sharing the wonders of nature. For many of them, this is a very rare treat because they don't normally have access to open space, much less this kind of open space where their imaginations can play and they can experience the welcoming safety of a redwood grove.
Increasingly, our programs are in great demand, with many more classes applying than we can serve…
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From Associate Curator David Kruse
Tree Maintenance at SFBG
Bartlett Tree Experts has completed an over five month long project to prune, cable, thin, and remove trees from our collection. Supported by a generous donation by an anonymous donor, over 150 trees in the garden were 'touched' in some way by Bartlett, who brought over 100 years of expertise as arborists to the project…
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Help the Garden Thrive
Donor Tax Benefit
Are you preparing to withdraw your 2007 minimum required distribution from your IRA?
If you are, and would like to help the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, then you’ll want to know that you may realize extra benefits by making a gift of your IRA withdrawals to the Botanical Garden Society – thanks to legislation passed by Congress in 2006.
Under the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), a gift made from your IRA counts toward your required minimum distribution for 2007 and is excluded from your gross income tax: a free rollover.
To qualify for benefits under the PPA:
- You must be 70½ or older at the time of the gift.
- The gift must go directly from your IRA to the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society.
- Your total IRA gift(s) cannot exceed $100,000 in 2007
Please contact the Development Office at (415) 564-3239, ext. 302 for more information.
A Winter Gift From the Garden
A unique gift for the person who has everything
Give them flowers all year long! A gift membership is a unique way to support the Garden and introduce others to the Garden we all love. Holiday gift, birthday present or thank you gift for your host, …a gift membership to SFBGS is perfect for the garden lovers on your list.
Benefits of Gift Membership include:
- Admission to the Annual Plant Sale & Members-Only Preview Sale
- Invitations to Members-Only Events
- Discounts at more than 75 Bay Area nurseries, AND MUCH MORE
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Giving a gift membership is easy… Register Online, or call the Membership Department at (415) 564-3239, ext. 303. You’ll get the gift of knowing that you are supporting a San Francisco treasure… the Garden we all love!
Save the Date: Thursday, December 6
After-Hours Aperitifs & Special Screening
Reminding SFBGS members that the next Members-Only "After-hours Aperitifs" event will be held Thursday, December 6.
Please RSVP by December 1. Please call (415) 564-3239, ext. 303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make plans to stay a little later to see the preview screening of "Butterflies and Bulldozers" a stunning documentary film that tells the story of the largest urban open space in the country – San Bruno Mountain, immediately following the "After-hours Aperitifs" event. Separate admission is required, and SFBGS members will receive a discount on tickets.
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