At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : Feb. 9, 2010

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Lunar New Year Flower Market

Notes from a Plant Nut: Asian Madness

Last Chance to Register for Docent Training

New Classes

Encompassing the Amazon: Ayahuasca, Vegetalismo and Cultural Survival

20% Off Tickets to Orchid Expo

Get Free Admission to SF Flower & Garden Show



Lunar New Year Flower Market

FEATURED
Book
The Year of the Tiger

NEW RELEASE
The Year of the Tiger
By local author Oliver Chin
Book signing at the Lunar New Year Flower Market on February 13.

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Kids
STORYTIME


Next Storytime: Feb 21

Jacobs Tree
Jacob the bear learns the value of patience as he waits through a long, cold winter to see if he has grown. Keller's simple watercolor illustrations pair well with her heartwarming story.

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Feb. Book List >>



The spectacular blooms of Banksia seminuda, as with many Banksia species, are its most striking feature. These blooms are actually spikes, comprised of hundreds of tiny individual flowers. Taken as a whole, they resemble bronzed pinecones. Long looping pistils give the flower spike a bright red exterior and a glowing yellow core. And these blooms don't only attract humans. Loaded with nectar, they are an important food source for all sorts of animals in the Australian bush. Look for Banksia seminuda in the Australia Garden and 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. 48  |  February 2010
   From the Director
Lunar New Year
Dear Friends,

Just when the memories of the year-end holidays and New Year celebrated in the West are fading but while spring is still a vague promises, along comes Lunar New Year. Celebrated in East and Southeast Asia to usher in the spring, it is often celebrated with traditional flowers and plants to augment family gatherings…

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   Notes from a Plant Nut
Asian Madness

Just in time for the Lunar New Year our Asian magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias are putting on a spectacular display. The SF Botanical Garden has a world-class collection of gorgeous flowering plants native to Asia that hit their flowering peak in February and March.

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   Education
Last Chance to Register for Docent Training
Docent Training

Explore the Garden with children or adults as a Docent for SFBG!

This three-month program will give you the tools you need to guide elementary school children or adults in the Garden.

Children's Docent Training >>

Adult Docent Training >>



New Classes
Magnificent Magnolias Walk
Join docent Dr. Joseph Barbaccia as he leads us through one of the finest collections of deciduous magnolias in the U.S.
Container Gardening for Busy People
Container plants not looking so good? Small space, low budget, little time? We can help!
Growing Urban Edibles
Reap the fruits of your labor! Don't miss two workshops for beginning and intermediate gardeners taught by Master Gardeners.
The Amazing Plants of Coastal San Mateo County
Learn about these plants and plant communities and how volunteers are helping to restore native habitat to the San Mateo coast.

SPOTLIGHT ON
Encompassing the Amazon: Ayahuasca, Vegetalismo and Cultural Survival

Encompassing the Amazon: Ayahuasca, Vegetalismo and Cultural Survival
Susana Bustos and Robert Tindall spent a year in the Peruvian rainforest immersed in the vanishing culture of Amazonian shamanism. Learn all about the healing ways of the shamanist tradition by combining travel narrative, music, slides and in-depth discussion.

   Just In
Get 20% off of Tickets to the 2010 Pacific Orchid Expo
2010 Pacific Orchid Expo

This year celebrating Carnival!
Immerse yourself in orchids at the largest orchid show in the country Pacific Orchid Expo is pleased to offer all orchid lovers a special discount of 20% off every ticket purchased online with the discount code. Promotion is limited, so purchase your tickets now!

Buy tickets online and be sure to enter coupon code CorpCO, for the 20% discount.

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   Membership
Enjoy Free Admission to the 2010 SF Flower & Garden Show

2010 SF Flower andd Garden ShowSupport the Botanical Garden by increasing your membership level and be our guest at the much- anticipated San Francisco Flower & Garden Show any day, Wednesday through Sunday, March 24th – 28th.

Details and new Member Benefits >>