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From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

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I am writing you on a VERY unseasonably warm November day, which makes thinking about the coming year-end and the holidays seem very far off. But, of course, they are not. Retailers are pushing their holiday advertising out earlier than ever this year as they -- and all of us -- make what plans we can to deal with this strange and unpleasant economic situation.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society has tightened its belt, but we also are looking to the future. Even as the economy sinks we are doubling our efforts to provide good quality and useful services to the public and our membership. And we are looking toward the inevitable light at the end of the tunnel and planning the future of our educational programming, visitor services and capital improvements.

Just like the seemingly far-off year-end the economy will turn, and when we look back, this current unsettling period will recede in our memories. As that happens we want to be sure we are there for you with services and programming that will meet your needs and those of your family in that not-too-distant future world.

Of course, we cannot make it there -- to this better future -- without your help. You are all tightening your belts, too, I am sure. One decision will be more difficult for everyone to make this year: which of the many worthy causes you usually support will you be able to support this year?

Let me urge you to think of the Garden and the programs the Society provides for 10,000 school children, the education provided through our Horticultural Library, our plant sales that provide home gardeners with rare, beautiful and endangered species to plant in their own back yard "arks" for enjoyment end safekeeping. Above all, this living museum provides a place of refuge for all of us pressed by the cares of this increasingly challenging time.

Your thoughtful gift will mean so much to the ongoing stability of this revered and much loved institution. So, please do think of us at this time and see what you can do to assure that we will be there for you, your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews far into the future.

Thank you for all you have already done. All of your support is greatly appreciated.

Please accept my warmest best wishes for the holidays and for a healthy and more prosperous new year.


Michael McKechnie
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society


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