Travel the World in 55 Acres!
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Benefitting the Garden’s education programs and unique collections
While we won’t be able to feast together at the Garden this year, we look forward to celebrating this annual tradition with you online.
This past year has made us long for travel, so we invite you to travel the world in 55 acres at
the Garden. Our event starts with an immersive exploration of the Garden’s global collections. Keynote speaker Abby Meyer, executive director of Botanic Gardens Conservation International - US, will deepen our understanding of the critical role botanical gardens play in conserving global biodiversity.
Benefiting the Garden’s education programs and unique collections, which feature more than 8,000 kinds of plants, this special event will include some musical surprises. With schools closed during the pandemic, the Garden has proudly served as an essential outdoor classroom for thousands of children through Bean Sprouts Family Days, summer camp, and after-school programs. Your support will keep educational programs free and underwrite scholarships to our tuition-based programs. Now, more than ever, families need the Garden. That’s why we recently joined the Museums for All program which makes admission free to low-income families.
For last year's program and keynote speech from Adam Greenspan see sfbg.org/at-home
Chad Van Den Top
Abby Meyer is Executive Director of the U.S. office of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, based at The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.
Abby works to provide tools and information to build botanic garden plant conservation collections and programs. She tracks botanic garden progress toward the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and the parallel North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation.
Abby received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and went on to complete a Master’s in Public Horticulture Administration through the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware and Longwood Gardens. Prior to her work with BGCI, she was a Putnam Research Fellow at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University where she developed new approaches for assessing the conservation value of living plant collections. Now in Los Angeles, Abby enjoys hiking and gardening with her husband Evan and their 4-year old daughter Violet.