San Francisco Flower & Garden Show Raffle to Benefit San Francisco Botanical Garden

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The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show will feature a raffle of an African Savanna garden in support of SFBG.

The auction of tall grasses will benefit the San Francisco Botanical Gardens.

We don't believe such a garden has ever been done at the SF Garden Show.

The venerable San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, held March 21-25 at the San Mateo Event Center, is delighted to support San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum with a garden raffle.

Mike Boss of Rock & Rose and John Greenlee of Greenlee Associates are building an African Savanna garden at the Show using grasses, rushes and other plants from Suncrest Nursery in Watsonville. The plants from this splendid garden will be raffled off with proceeds benefitting San Francisco Botanical Garden.

“We don't believe such a garden has ever been done at the SF Garden Show, and there are probably few, if any, tall grass gardens in the Bay Area!” exclaims Mike Boss of Rock & Rose.

The winner of the raffle will acquire all the plants in the Garden (with the exception of the trees), delivery of the plants to a site within the Bay Area, and the design services of John Greenlee to adapt the plants to their new location. Rock & Rose Landscapes will be available at reduced rates to assist in the installation of the garden, if desired by the winner.

“We think that tall grasses fill a really valuable niche for Bay Area gardens, especially in urban gardens, where the need for verticality without width is valuable,” he continues.

Raffle tickets will be available at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Early bird tickets for the show are $16 and available until March 11. Show hours are Wednesday, March 21 to Saturday, March 24 from 10am to 7pm (Gala at 8pm) and Sunday, March 25 from 10am to 6pm. Admission includes all regular seminars and demonstrations.

The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show will also support San Francisco Botanical Garden with Gala in the Gardens on Saturday, March 24 at 8pm. The ticket price of $65 includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment featuring ABC 7’s own Dan Ashley as the singer in his classic rock band Push. In addition, the Gala ticket price includes an all-Flower Show pass (entry for any day).

Purchase Show and Gala tickets online at or call 415-684 7278 ext. 2.

About San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society works in partnership with the City of San Francisco/Recreation and Park Department to support San Francisco Botanical Garden, whose 55 acres in Golden Gate Park includes more than 8,000 different kinds of plants native to California and from throughout the world. This tremendous plant diversity, with almost 30 percent of the species wild-collected and many rare and endangered, is displayed in 26 geographic and thematic gardens. The Botanical Garden Society’s mission is to build communities of support for the Botanical Garden and to cultivate the bond between people and plants. With the help of its members, donors and volunteers, the Botanical Garden Society funds Garden improvements, provides curatorial and plant collections management services, propagates plants for the Botanical Garden and for sale to the public, maintains the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, offers year-round educational and community programming, operates the Garden Bookstore and welcomes visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and around the world.

San Francisco Botanical Garden is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. SFBG’s 26 distinct gardens and collections include African plants, Asian plants, and rarities from Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America, plus SFBG’s award-winning California Native Plant Garden, complete with a century-old redwood forest. These collections of rare plants, exotic plants and endangered plants make a trip to SFBG one of the best things to do in San Francisco.

SFBG has daily docent-led San Francisco day tours, and can arrange private tours. SFBG’s daily and monthly plants sales are a unique opportunity to acquire garden plants and plant seeds seldom found in commercial plant nurseries or garden centers. SFBG’s educational programs include gardening classes, educational lectures, guided walks, children’s garden programs, treasure hunts, and other family activities.

The SFBG Bookstore features numerous gardening books and volumes on related subjects including natural science, environmental conservation, horticulture, plant life and gardening tips.

For information about how to become a Society member, or any of San Francisco Botanical Garden Society’s products and services, please call (415) 666-2211 or visit

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