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From the Director

Michael McKechnieExecutive Director Michael McKechnie
By building partnerships among diverse organizations, focusing on creative programming, and establishing the right priorities, Executive Director Michael McKechnie has managed the successful growth of four vital nonprofits and served on the governing boards of a number of research, fundraising and civic organizations where he has provided governance, financial, and strategic planning oversight.

New Perimeter Signage

Dear Friends,

New Signage installation
New signage installation; photo by Taylor Campion

New Signs for SF Botanical Garden
New signs at San Francisco Botanical Garden; photo by Taylor Campion

As I sit in my office on this early summer day the sun beats down on the blooming and bustling Garden. Although there are many exciting activities and events occurring in the Garden today there is one which stands higher than the rest; the installation of new signage at the Main and Friend Gate.

These elegant signs signify a few important steps forward for the Garden. First off, their installation brings us one step closer to completing our Capital Campaign. Our Capital Campaign has been in progress for 7 years and it has produced 6 garden renovations, the beginning of a brand new Southeast Asian Garden, new pathways, and 11th gardener, and completed plans for the new nursery: Center for Sustainable Gardening. It is through the hard work of our trustees and staff and generous donations from individuals, foundations and corporations that we are able to continue moving forward with our campaign in such troubling financial times.

Furthermore, the handsome gateway signage will increase the Garden's visibility in Golden Gate Park. These signs have been strategically placed along the perimeter of the Garden to ensure that park visitors notice their sleek design from far away. The more visitors drawn to our gates the more people will be exposed to our diverse plant collections and conservation education offerings. The Garden is a San Francisco treasure that should be known to all. These signs are just one way we are increasing the Garden's presence in Golden Gate Park, among our museum neighbors and the visiting public.

Warm regards,


Michael McKechnie
Executive Director, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society


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