At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : April 27, 2010

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Heirloom Tomatoes in San Francisco Gardens??!!

The Redwood Trail Beckons

New Classes

Growing Proteas in Bay Area Gardens

The Paris Raffle

Sponsor a Bench and Make a Difference

Garden Lovers DO Have More Fun!





IN 3 DAYS
ANNUAL SPRING PLANT SALE

Members' Preview
Friday, April 30th
5pm – 8pm

Public Sale
Saturday, May 1st
10am – 4pm



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The Hortiphile

Plus, we're launching a blog for plant lovers, The Hortiphile. We'll have weekly tips, news and ideas from experts on gardening, nature and living green in the Bay Area.

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Art
EXHIBIT

"A Year in Bloom"
On display from now until Aug. 31

A Year in Bloom

Watercolor paintings by Linda Stewart Henley

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FEATURED
Book
Trees of San Francisco

By Mike Sullivan ($19.95)

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Kids
STORYTIME


Upcoming Storytimes: May 2 & 16

Our Community Garden
Illustrated in vivid colors, this charming tale describes a group of friends who work together in a community garden. Each child plants something that represents his or her own unique personality and culture.

About Storytime >>
May Book List >>



The Norfolk Island Pine, a specimen with ancient lineage, commands attention with a magnificent architectural form. Its distinctive shape gives it instant star quality, making it one of the most recognizable tree silhouettes in the world. Look for the Norfolk Island Pine in the Ancient Plant 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. 51  |  May 2010
   From the Director
Heirloom Tomatoes in San Francisco Gardens??!!
Dear Friends,

It's about 70 degrees today and sunny. Very nice weather after the rains and cold we have experienced. Those rains of course have prepared us for a beautiful spring and summer. I needed to take a walk down to the Nursery today on some business and found myself practically wading through groups of school children touring the garden with docents and teachers. Flowering trees perfumed the air and all along the pathways were vibrant flowers and greening shrubs. Once at the Nursery I was impressed by the large number of volunteers turned out to pot up, prune and groom plants for the upcoming mother of all plant sales…

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   Notes from a Plant Nut
The Natives Aren't Through With Us Yet. The Redwood Trail Beckons

Last month the native wildflower meadow was its peak showing off with yards and yards of blooming irises, checkerbloom, poppies, wild lilacs and more. This month it's the majestic redwood forest, a veritable fairyland with ferns unfurling, flowers blooming and pathways covered in a thick, soft loam that's collected for more than a century.

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   Education
New Classes
White By Night
Celebrate the full moon with traditions of Japanese moon viewing on the shores of the Garden's lovely Moon Viewing Pond.
Composting Workshop
Create the perfect mix with master composter Meghan Elliot as she walks you through proven techniques for successful home composting.
Natural Remedies: Medicinal Plants in the Garden
Join us for a first aid walk in the Garden!
The Botany and Ecology of How Plants Grow
In this interactive discussion using photos and live plants from around the world, participants will better learn how and why plants live or die, flourish or flounder in our gardens.

SPOTLIGHT ON
Urban Gardens for Families

Urban Gardens for Families
The gardens on this tour - all designed, installed and maintained by Janet Moyer Landscaping - have been created as venues for families to enjoy as extensions of their homes.





   Development
The Paris Raffle
Paris Raffle

Journey to the heart of Paris and live "La Vie Parisienne." Enter to win a stay in a luxurious Paris apartment and help support SFBG.

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Sponsor a Bench and Make a Difference

A Special Place
By commemorating a bench you'll be preserving this beautiful living museum, this piece of San Francisco history, this Garden we love!

Please contact Heidi Wohlwend at (415) 661-1316 ext. 304. Or email for more information.



   Membership
Garden Lovers do Have More Fun!
Annual Plant Sale

The Members’ Preview of the Annual Spring Plant Sale takes place on Friday, April 30th, from 5 to 8 PM. An attractive alternative to standing in line that afternoon is available to those at the Garden Lover membership level ($125) or higher. A private reception from 4 to 5 PM fuels one for the adventure ahead, and includes entry to the Sale at 5 PM for two adults without the wait.

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