Spend the Last Days of Summer at San Francisco Botanical Garden

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From dinosaurs to colored pencils, San Francisco Botanical Garden will keep you busy with a calendar full of exciting events.

Botanical artwork, Peonies Mon Amour, by Harold Davis will be featured at Photo in Oakland.

Looking for things to do in San Francisco? Escape to San Francisco Botanical Garden this month to enjoy a variety of botanical adventures, perfect for all ages. The Garden features 26 distinct collections of local plants and incredible rarities from around the world.

Beginning September 5th, the Sonoma County Colored Pencil Artists will be featured in a Botanical Art exhibit in the Helen Crocker Russell Library. The artists study Botanical Art at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts with instructor Nina Antze. They focus on artistic representation and botanical accuracy, to convey the beauty and intricacy of the natural world and portray seasonal plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables. A special reception with light refreshments will be held on September 6th from 5 pm – 7 pm to showcase the artwork to interested buyers. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Library.

Also on September 6th, San Francisco Botanical Garden Curator, Dr. Don Mahoney and Gardener Jason Martinez invite you to join them on “A Walk Through Time: SFBG’s Ancient Plant Garden Tour”. The tour, beginning at 6 pm, will start in the Devonian period and will follow a pathway marked with dinosaur footprints and surrounded by an extensive collection of Pennsylvanian, Jurassic and Cretaceous plants. The 90-minute program promises to be a fun, educational experience the whole family will enjoy.

PHOTO, a fine art gallery in Oakland, will be holding a month-long exhibit benefiting San Francisco Botanical Garden beginning August 23 and ending September 29. The exhibit will feature botanical photography by San Francisco Bay Area artists. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to San Francisco Botanical Garden. On September 13, the gallery will host a reception, “A Special Evening with the Artists” from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Twenty-five percent of all sales made during the reception will be donated to the Garden. Light refreshments will be served.

Garden visitors are encouraged to explore all of San Francisco Botanical Garden’s numerous rare and exotic plant collections during their visit. “With 55 acres of gardens and over 50,000 plants from around the world, you’ll be sure to discover something incredible,” recommended Curator, Dr. Don Mahoney.

About PHOTO - Fine Art Gallery
PHOTO is a dedicated gallery space for fine art photographic prints in the East Bay. Henry Bowles and Irene Imfeld opened the gallery in December 2010 to show the work of Bay Area San Francisco Botanical Garden photography artists. They feature both group and solo shows and are open to any photographic media. Artists shown at the gallery are accomplished photographers and skilled printers who use digital technology, traditional darkroom methods or alternative/antique processes.

About San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
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. The Society works in partnership with the City of San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department to support San Francisco Botanical Garden.

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 Plant Arbor, and welcomes visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and around the world.

The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society provides daily docent-led tours of the Garden and arranges group tours. The Society holds daily and monthly plant sales providing a unique opportunity to acquire garden plants seldom found in commercial plant nurseries or garden centers. SFBGS’s educational programs include gardening classes, educational lectures, guided walks, children’s garden programs, and other family activities.

The Garden Bookstore and The Arbor, feature a wonderful variety of plants for purchase, many propagated by SFBGS volunteers, as well as numerous gardening books and volumes on related subjects including natural science, environmental conservation, horticulture, plant life and gardening tips.

About San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG)
San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The Garden’s 55 acres include more than 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world and native to California, including a century-old redwood grove. This tremendous plant diversity is displayed in 26 geographic and thematic gardens displaying African plants, Asian plants, and rarities from Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America, plus SFBG’s award-winning California Native Plant Garden. Almost 30 percent of the species in the Garden have been wild-collected and many are rare and endangered. These collections make a trip to SFBG an amazing natural experience.

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