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From the Executive Director
Lunar New Year at the Botanical Garden & Spring at the "Palais du Boeuf"

Dear Friends,

Now that Spring is coming on surely but fitfully, let me suggest an excellent way to celebrate its arrival: Join us for the gala Opening Night Party of the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. I think this event will be just as special as the Lunar New Year Flower Market we had at the Botanical Garden a few weeks ago.

Opening Night Party for SF Flower & Garden Show

2007 Lunar New Year Flower Market

Snapshots from the 2007 Lunar New Year Flower Market

2007 Lunar New Year Flower Market

2007 Lunar New Year Flower Market

2007 Lunar New Year Flower Market

2007 Lunar New Year Flower Market

On March 20th, this season's best flower and garden extravaganza will open with rhythmic music, wonderful wines and Grey Goose vodka, great hors d'oeuvres created by McCall Catering, and – best of all – exclusive access to the beautiful show gardens, all attended by their creators.

If you have ever been frustrated by too many people between you and the show plants or by not having access to the designers, now's your chance. And you support SF Botanical Garden Society's public programs as an added bonus.

So please join us on March 20th at the historic Cow Palace, transformed for this event into the "Palais du Boeuf." I hope to see you there to welcome Spring.

Just as importantly, thank you to all of you who helped us bid farewell to Winter by celebrating the Lunar New Year at our Flower Market here at the Botanical Garden. Every year for the last seven years, we've provided the plants and blossoms for many families' new year celebration. This year was no exception. Ushering in the Year of the Pig were lion dancers, acrobats, Penjing and bonsai demonstrations, and children's activities.

The event's Honorary Chair, Walter Fong, and newly elected City Supervisor Ed Jew were our special guests.

If your 2008 calendar has next year's Lunar New Year on it, mark the Saturday before for this lively flower market. I believe the thousands who have attended recent markets would argue that it's a wonderfully heartwarming and special community event.

Warm regards,


Michael McKechnie
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society


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