Strybing Circle 2013-14 Events
As members of the Circle you protect our 55-acre ark of life – saving plants means saving our environment! Members of Strybing Circle enjoy exclusive events designed to help you discover even more about the Garden.
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Conifer Walk with Don Mahoney and Docent Mark Wales
Saturday December 14, 2013, 10am-12pm
10:00 am: Meet on Conifer Lawn for morning coffee, tea and pastries.
10:30 am: Guided walk through SFBG's impressive conifer collection.
Conifers are among the cornerstone plants at San Francisco Botanical Garden, framing our vistas and truly setting the tone for our 55 acres of plant life. They sport a stunning array of botanical features. Their foliage offers an array of color, from green to gold to blue. They range in size from the tallest tree in the world – Sequoia sempevirens (coast redwood) – to small dwarf forms. From the oldest known trees in the world (bristlecone pine) to some of the fastest growing, we invite you to explore our collection of conifers spread throughout the Botanical Garden with the help of Mark Wales, longtime conifer specialist and docent at SFBG, and Don Mahoney, SFBGS Curator.
Tour of the Foliage Garden at Circle Oak Ranch
Hosted by Strybing Circle Members Sara and Ron Malone with Don Mahoney, Curator, SFBGS
January 18, 2014 – 11am-1pm
Get a chance to visit an amazing private Garden and meet Master Gardener and Strybing Circle member Sara Malone. Her 33-acre working ranch was featured in Garden Design for its innovative design and aesthetic. This November, Sara's garden will also be featured in Fine Gardening. Sara has developed a distinctive style of gardening that emphasizes the use of shrubs and trees rather than herbaceous perennials. Her garden has been the site of numerous tours to benefit local non-profits, workshops and classes. She is a Sonoma County Master Gardener and the editor of the organization's website, to which she contributes regularly. Further enhance your visit to the ranch by getting a chance to mingle with Don Mahoney, Curator of SFBG's world-class collection. Sara invites us indoors too, to warm by the fire for a rustic lunch of chili, cornbread, salad, beer and cookies after taking a tour of her garden. We do need to limit this tour to 30 guests, so RSVP promptly!
Curator's Walk and Talk
Magnolias: Report from China
Thursday February 13, 2014, 5–7pm
5:00 pm: Meet at the Library Terrace and walk the gorgeous magnolia collection in the fading light of early spring with David Kruse-Pickler, Associate Curator and SFBG Gardener Jason Martinez.
6:00 pm Return to Library for a short slide presentation, Chinese treats and wine.
Get a behind the scenes look at a real botanical research trip with David Kruse-Pickler, Associate Curator and SFBG Gardener, Jason Martinez, who completed a collecting and research trip to China to specifically study magnolias in the spring of 2013.
Special Walk and Talk with Mia Monroe Site Supervisor at Muir Woods Redwood Grove
Thursday June 19, 2014, 6–8pm
6pm: Meet on Conifer Lawn for California wine and small bites
6:30pm: Tour our towering redwoods with redwood specialist Mia Monroe
We are very pleased to invite our Strybing Circle donors to this special walk in the redwoods with Strybing Circle donor and volunteer, Mia Monroe. Mia Monroe's official title is Site Supervisor of Muir Woods/Interpretive Supervisor of Marin Lands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, but what she really does is serve as a passionate ambassador for nature, something she was doing even before she started working as a national park ranger in 1978. She began working for the San Francisco School District helping kids learn science through outdoor experiences and eventually through her eco-literacy and passion for sharing the outdoor world she became a park ranger at Muir Woods in 1982.
Mia will take guests on an interactive walk through SFBG's Redwood Grove and provide lively discussion about redwood ecosystems.