San Francisco Botanical GardenAbout San Francisco Botanical Garden
Cloud Forests at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Classes & Events

Xitlalli Danza Azteca

Saturday, September 21, 12–2pm
Leading up to the peak Cloud Forest bloom, join us for traditional ritual Aztec dances, performed by a dramatic Aztec dance group, costumed in towering, plumed headdresses. Conservation organizations working to save the cloud forests and endangered plant communities will also be on hand to explain the fate of Mesoamerican and South America Cloud Forests. Following the Aztec Dance demonstration, discover the secrets of the Cloud Forests in an informative tour with docent naturalist Dr. Joe Barbaccia.
$20 Members/$30; General Performance at 1pm. FREE with Admission.

Colors From Nature: A Natural Plant Dye Workshop

Sunday, September 22, 1–4pm
In this hands-on workshop, learn how to create brilliant colors from nature with Deepa Natarajan, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden natural dye expert and founder of Plantspeople. Enjoy the rare opportunity to collect plant material from the Garden's Mesoamerican Cloud Forest and take them back to the classroom to prepare a dye. Leave with an understanding of fibers, color selection, mordanting, and resist techniques, as well as your own dyed silk scarf to take home.
$40 Members/$50 General. All materials included.

Cloud Forest Beauties Botanical Drawing Class
Cloud Forest Beauties Botanical Drawing Class

Thursday, October 3, 10am–2pm
Whether a complete amateur who can't scribble a stick figure, or a skilled artist, this class has something for you. Talented instructor Nina Antze returns to help you create a cloud forest masterpiece. Draw from gorgeous specimens of bomarea, passifloras, fuchsias and other brilliant flowers of the cloud forest.
$75 Members/$90 General.

Member Appreciation Seasonal Event
Sour Mash Hug Band

Saturday, October 12, 1–3pm
Featuring old-timey Americana folk sounds of the Sour Mash Hug Band, members enjoy fun family activities and live music on an autumn afternoon in the Exhibition Garden.

Chocolate 101 with Dandelion Chocolate
Chocolate 101 with Dandelion Chocolate

Saturday, October 12, 11am–2pm
Popular SF chocolatier Dandelion Chocolate teaches you to make rich and foamy chocolate the way the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica did, grinding cocoa beans on a traditional metate and combining ingredients to make the perfect concoction. Class concludes with a tour of the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest, focusing on how indigenous peoples used this resource, and why cloud forests are so essential in their natural environments.
$50 Members/$60 General.

Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of the Cloud Forest

Saturday, October 26; 1–3pm
Indigenous peoples used the forests as pharmacy, super market, and spiritual haven. Hear from Dr. Joe Barbaccia about the medicinal and poisonous plants of the cloud forest, and how they were used in the traditional medicines of Central and South America.
$15 Members/$20 General.

Pumpkin Carving and Cocktails in the Garden
Pumpkin Carving and Cocktails in the Garden

Saturday, October 26; 4–6pm
Have some grown-up holiday fun and join us in the Exhibition Garden to carve your Halloween pumpkin. We'll have some seasonal cocktails for you to sip served out of pumpkin punch bowls. While you are creating your ghoulish gourd, learn about fall traditions in Mesoamerica.
$25 Members/$35 General.

Chocolate and Coffee Pairing with Four Barrel Coffee and Dandelion Chocolate
Chocolate and Coffee Pairing with Four Barrel Coffee and Dandelion Chocolate

Saturday, November 9, 1–3pm
Gather in the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest to enjoy a bittersweet twist on the typical wine pairing. Taste a host of coffees paired with chocolate and learn about how these two wonderful foodstuffs from the forests of Central and South America are made and their histories.
$25 Members/$35 General.

Member Appreciation Seasonal Event

Saturday, December 14, 1–3pm
Warm up with complimentary hot cocoa and delicious sweets at our Plant Arbor and a special holiday sale at the Garden Bookstore.

SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $8 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors, Families & Children

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse (Friend/North Gate) | Phone: (415) 661-1316 | Mail: 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122-2370

© Copyright San Francisco Botanical Garden. All Rights Reserved.