See the Cloud Forests bloom… End-of-Season Plant Sale… Conifers & Cones Art Exhibit in Library continues!

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter
San Francisco Botanical Garden


Plant Sale: End-of-the-Season Sale


Chocolate and Coffee Pairing with Four Barrel Coffee and Dandelion Chocolate


Austrian Alpine Garden Workshop: Part II


Autumnal Walk in the Clouds with Don Mahoney


Children's Story Time


Cavellini Calendars
Cavellini Calendars are Here!

These carefully-curated collections of Italian art make delightful gifts. Including standards like Botanica and Garden and new this year – vintage cats and dogs!

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Children's Story Time


Birding at the Garden


Botanical Wreath Making


Plant Sale: Special 2-for-1 Plant Sale


Member Appreciation Event


Walk in the Clouds: Inside the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest


Strybing Circle Conifer Walk


Children's Story Time


Conifers and Cones by G. Lee Boerger: 20+ Years of Science and Art
& Cones

G. Lee Boerger's exhibit celebrates 20+ years of combining science and art. Original framed works in printmaking, watercolor, acrylic on canvas and panels, colored pencil and pen and ink plus unframed original monoprints are for sale and make great gifts for the upcoming holidays! A portion of the proceeds benefit the Library.

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Cloud Forests: Beauty in the Mist
Experience the unique Cloud Forests in bloom this fall at one of the only botanical gardens in the world where rare and endangered beauties of the high-elevation cloud forests thrive outdoors!
In Bloom: Montanoa spp.

Montanoa spp.What started as Dr. Dennis Breedlove's "grand experiment" to grow Cloud Forest plants in San Francisco has ended up one of our greatest success stories, with dazzling tree daisies blooming year after year to tell the tale. Literally covered in white daisy-like flowers in fall and winter, you can stand beneath in a strong breeze and experience "snow in San Francisco". Read more in this month's In Bloom.

Autumnal Walk in the Clouds

Chocolate and Coffee Pairing Join SFBG Curator Dr. Don Mahoney on a guided walk November 16 (or December 14) through the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest to learn more about these alluring, mist-loving plants. Get a sneak preview from this recent SF Chronicle article!

Chocolate & Coffee Pairing

Chocolate and Coffee Pairing Gather in the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest on November 9 to enjoy a bittersweet twist on the typical wine pairing with Four Barrel Coffee and Dandelion Chocolate. Taste a host of coffees and chocolates and learn about how these two wonderful foodstuffs are made.

Next Plant Sale:
Saturday, November 9
End-of-Season Sale

Use Your Phone to Explore & Share

Cloud Forest App Help us capture and share the Cloud Forest bloom on Instagram. Tag your Cloud Forest photos #sfbgcloudforest.

And be sure to use your phone as you explore the Cloud Forest with our Cloud Forest App, to find out more about our featured plants, locations, bloom time and more.

The Real San Francisco Treat

Find out what impressed Jacob Burns, Curator of Herbaceous Perennial Plants at the Chicago Botanic Garden, on a recent visit to the Garden.

See Cloud Forest Plants Indoors

Enjoying the vibrant and dramatic flowers outdoors in our Cloud Forest collections? View hundreds more cloud forest blooms indoors at the Conservatory of Flowers, right here in Golden Gate Park! The Conservatory's Victorian greenhouse displays a lush, complementary collection of high elevation rainforest orchids and other flowering plants, including the fragrance-varying Masdevalia orchid; the Dendrochilum or 'necklace orchid' with its pendant-like clusters of flowers; the Vireya rhododendron; the Dracula vampira orchid and more!


Fall Member's Only Event
Member Fun in the Sun

Members celebrated on a beautiful sunny afternoon last month, reveling in the old-time, gypsy, bluegrass, jazz, Irish and ragtime fusion of the Sour Mash Hug Band, seasonal popcorn tastings, cookies, apple cider, a children's craft station and wine tasting from City Cellars.

Want to join the fun? Become a member today and join us for the final event this year on Saturday, December 14th. Start your holiday shopping with special promotions at the Plant Arbor and enjoy live music, wreath making, warm beverages and sweet treats from 1–3pm.

RSVP for the Winter Member Appreciation Event on Saturday December 14th >>

Chocolate workshop
Chocolate, Chocolate and more Chocolate

An enthralled group of chocolate lovers learned the history of our love affair with chocolate from the time of the ancient Aztecs to the present at a sold-out workshop with Dandelion Chocolate last month. Participants sampled hand-crafted chocolate from bitter to sweet, then ground their own cacao beans on an authentic meso-American metate to make their own fragrant, rich chocolate drink, akin to the beverage prized by Aztec nobles.

Join us November 9 when Dandelion returns with Four Barrel Coffee for a chocolate-coffee pairing in our Meso-American Cloud Forest. Explore the history of coffee and chocolate while tantalizing your taste buds with abundant samples.

Chocolate and Coffee Pairing on Saturday November 9th >>

Corporate Teams Spruce up the Garden

Our friends from Liftopia, Expedia and PG&E rolled up their sleeves to weed, mulch and clear in several locations throughout the Garden in September and October. Read more about these many hands that help keep the Garden beautiful.

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Join the Newly-formed Volunteer Membership Council!

Did you know SFBGS memberships and donations provided 69% of the Garden's total budget last year? These fundraising efforts are an important way of ensuring plant maintenance and conservation, including the survival of rare and endangered species that are found only at SFBG.

Membership Council volunteers are ambassadors for the Botanical Garden Society's membership program. Council volunteers help the Garden recruit members through personal outreach efforts.

The council is seeking additional members to play an active role. If you would like to participate in these important efforts, please contact Maxine Einhorn, Membership Council Chair at (415) 206-1589 or

Nursery: Center for Sustainable Gardening Phase 3 Civic Design Review

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society is working to obtain all preconstruction approvals for the Nursery: Center for Sustainable Gardening by the end of this year.

SFBGS will present the project at a public meeting of the San Francisco Arts Commission's Civic Design Review Committee on November 18, 2013 at 3pm. The meeting will provide an opportunity for public comment on the presented project. Further information about the Civic Design Review process, agenda, and meeting location is available through their website.

SFBGS is requesting Phase 3 approval which confirms that the construction-ready design conforms to the Civic Design Review Committee's prior unanimous Phase 2 approval.