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From the Executive Director

The 40th Annual

Dear Friends,

It's that time of year again! Time to check your plant wish lists and dust off your body armor. It's the 40th Annual Spring Plant Sale at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. This year our thoughtful plant sale chairs and volunteers, along with veteran Horticultural Manager Don Mahoney, have made some changes to the layout of the space inside the County Fair Building to better accommodate you.

For example, the Silent Auction on Friday night (members-only night) has been moved inside, so in case of the occasional deluge we have experienced in the past, you won't rust your body armor bidding for those knockout specialty plants. And this year they will really be special. Don Mahoney and his 80-person volunteer crew have been selecting and grooming the best of the best for this year's bidding war. The general plant selection is tops, too. Some years are like that, and this is one of them.

Especially if you experienced plant loss or damage in this last freeze, here is your chance to replace plants that completely checked out or interplant those that are still sulking from the cold with something more vibrant while the damaged ones recover. I really don't like to give up on a plant, so I have hidden the frost nipped ones with new material while waiting on their full recovery.

Remember, as costs rise all over the Bay Area (for everything!) this is still the best bargain around for the gardener. I very much look forward to seeing you on Friday for the members-only sale or the public sale on Saturday.

Warm best regards,


Michael McKechnie
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society


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