At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : September 8, 2010

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

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Garden Feast Preview

Last Buddy Club Show of the Season!

On the Right Path

Fall Docent Training

Spotlight On: Picture the Enduring Garden

From the Hortiphile

Quarterly Members-Only Get-Together

3 Days
until the next plant sale!

Featuring: Native Plants & Succulents

September 11

Barbara Pitschell

Barbara Pitschell

Our dear librarian of 30 years passed away on August 3, 2010. She will be greatly missed.

About Barbara >>


Join one of the top ten botanical gardens in the United States and learn how to introduce garden visitors to the tremendous collection of plants and gardens that make up SFBG. The next Docent Training starts September 18th.

Docent Training >>


"Nature's Geometry: Surprises of Botanical Design"

Nature's Geometry: Surprises of Botanical Design

Photographs by Julie Jaycox on display until Dec. 30.

About the exhibit >>


Upcoming Storytime: September 4th & 18th

Jody's Beans

About Storytime >>
Sept. Book List >>

Storytime Moved
Now on the 1st and 3rd SATURDAY of every month. Same time: 10:30am, same place.

Library Hours
Starting September 1:
Open Wed–Sat
Closed Sun–Tues


Grasses by Nancy J. Ondra; photos by Saxon Holt ($19.95)

More from the Garden Bookstore >>


The Growing Greener School Grounds Conference on Sept. 24th and 25th is focussing on creating and sustaining vibrant outdoor learning environments.

Learn more >>

A garden enchantress, Brugmansia hypnotizes with huge pendulous blossoms of white, yellow, pink, orange or red and a light lemony scent that perfumes the evening air. Her intoxicating powers are pure subterfuge though. Brugmansia, or Angel's Trumpet, shares company with tomatoes, potatoes and belladonna in the deadly nightshade family. One hundred percent of this plant is considered poisonous. You'll find Brugmansia in the South America Garden, the Nurseryman's Garden and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
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At the Garden: Issue No. 55  |  September 2010
   From the Director
Garden Feast Preview
Dear Friends,

Garden Feast this year will make you happy not only because of the great food, setting and crowds of garden lovers, but also this year's shopping experience promises to be more than usually therapeutic – and fun…

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   Reserve Your Space Now!
Garden Feast 2010

Garden Feast, the SF Botanical Garden Society's BIGGEST and most successful fundraiser of the year takes place on September 16 at 11:00 am. A truly great day in the garden! Tickets start at $175 and are still available. Arrive by 11:00 am to ensure you can take part in the exciting silent auction and marketplace.

Bid and Buy to Support the Garden

Our silent auction items this year are top notch, including airline travel from San Francisco to Switzerland, a woven fig from GreenCraft Studios, a rainbarrel and lighting system from the Urban Farmer, and much more. The bidding goes from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Silent Auction Sneak Preview  >>

NEW this Year: Shopping to Raise Money!
We'll be featuring the lovely glass of Cohn-Stone Designs, culinary delights from Narsai David, skin care from Jurlique (don't miss the hand massage!), and beautiful cards from Paula Skene Designs. And of course, our very own award winning Garden Bookstore will be there too. All retailers are donating large percentages of their sales to the Garden!

More about Garden Feast >>

   Family Fun
Last Buddy Club Show of the Season!
Buddy Club

Don't miss the final Buddy Club, featuring award-winning Magician Timothy James. At just $5 per adult or $10 per family it the Children's Show is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Bring a blanket and lunch to enjoy a post-show picnic!

Summer Schedule and all the Details >>

   Notes from a Plant Nut
On the Right Path

It doesn't seem right for the Plant Nut to wax eloquent over asphalt, but the new pathways at the Botanical Garden are simply gorgeous. We have been redesigning and resurfacing our pathways to get you closer than ever to the collection and greatly improve the ADA accessibility throughout the garden.

Read the full article >>

New Classes
Autumn Herbs for Health, Healing & Celebration!
Discover the healthful and healing powers of herbs. Includes a handful of herbal preparations for use as food, medicine, bathing, celebrations, and rituals.
How and Why Plants Live, Die and Thrive in Our Gardens
Join an interactive discussion about how and why plants live or die, flourish or flounder in our gardens.
Master Photography Workshop
A full-day workshop led by renowned garden photographer Saxon Holt.
Beginning Watercolor Techniques A or B
Learn and practice basic watercolor techniques such as color mixing for organics, texturing, glazing and superimposing (Tue. or Wed. session).
Master Photography Photo Shoot
Work with a master photographer to learn garden photography hands on. There are four sessions in October. Choose to attend one or up to all four!

Picture the Enduring Garden

Picture the Enduring Garden

A can't miss session for gardeners, designers and aspiring photographers alike. Learn from the experts as they take you from inspiration to beautiful garden images. Led by Saxon Holt, renowned garden photographer, and Lucy Tolmach, Director of Horticulture at Filoli.

   From Our Blog
New from the Hortiphile

Beyond the Camera and Into the Garden
This ain't your average photography class. Award-winning, Bay Area phenomenon Saxon Holt will be teaching an incredible series of garden photography classes at the SFBG.

The Best Compost Screen Ever
Are you looking for an easy-to-use screen to sift your compost? Are you looking for a free screen to sift your compost? Then look no further.

The Tomato Harvest
Despite a summer without sunshine, we have tomatoes!

A Wild Wall Garden
Check out this stunning wall garden over the Candy Store Collective on 16th Street in the Mission.

More from the Hortiphile >>

Quarterly Members-Only Get-Together is September 23

Mark your calendar: the next Quarterly Members' After-Hours Social of 2010 is scheduled for Thursday, September 23rd, from 6 to 8 PM. Arden Bucklin-Sporer, SFBGS Trustee and author of How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents, will join us to talk about growing school gardens and to sign copies of her book.

Event details >>