San Francisco Botanical Garden Society’s 45th Annual Plant Sale May 5, 2012

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San Francisco Botanical Garden Society is holding its 45th Annual Spring Plant Sale, on Saturday, May 5—with a special preview for members on Friday, May 4. A selection of thousands of native, rare and unusual plants makes this the largest plant sale in Northern California.

San Francisco Botanical Garden Annual Plant Sale Postcard: For more information about the Annual Spring Plant Sale call (415) 666-2211 or visit sfbotanicalgarden.org.

This is one of our largest fundraisers. The purchase of every plant helps preserve the planet’s biodiversity.

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society is hosting its 45th Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park at 9th and Lincoln. A special preview for members of the Botanical Garden Society will be held on Friday, May 4, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

More than 4,000 different types of plants – from California natives and drought-tolerant specimens to rare plants propagated at San Francisco Botanical Garden and not found at any other plant sale or nursery – will be available, making this the largest plant sale in Northern California.

Of special interest at the Botanical Garden Society’s sale are plants illustrative of some of the Garden’s distinguishing collections, including large tree dahlias and senecios found in the cloud forests, and several types of natives, including many indigenous to San Francisco.

“For example, we will have a wide selection of plant varieties you can find in our Andean Cloud Forest Garden,” said Dr. Don Mahoney, the Botanical Garden’s curator. “These include fuchsias, salvias, and passifloras–varieties particularly suited to our frost-free fog belt.”

A popular Bay Area tradition for amateur and professional gardeners alike, the Annual Plant Sale at San Francisco Botanical Garden also offers a wide selection of new and used books and garden gifts. Additionally, trained nursery volunteers will be on hand to give advice on plant choices relative to Bay Area micro climates and individual planting conditions.

“This is one of our largest fundraisers,” says Sue Ann Schiff, executive director of San Francisco Botanical Garden Society. “The purchase of every plant helps preserve the planet’s biodiversity.”

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society encourages plant lovers to become members, as members enjoy half-off at the Garden’s daily, monthly, and annual plant sales. They also receive free admission to the Garden and discounts at other botanical gardens and selected local nurseries, Annual Plant Sale preview privileges, and access to lively social events.

For information about the Annual Spring Plant Sale, how to become a Garden Society member, volunteer opportunities available at the Garden, or any of San Francisco Botanical Garden Society’s products and services, please call (415) 666-2211 or visit http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org.

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 at Strybing Arboretum 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.

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