2009 Programs:

Meetings start at 7:15 p.m. in the County Fair Building at The San Francisco Botanical Gardens You can meet the speakers for a walk through Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at 4:00 in front of the Strybing bookstore. If you're not a member, there is a Guest Fee of $5.

January 19, 2009

  “Some Plants of Medicinal Interest”
presented by Josesph C.  Barbaccia MD,MPH

Dr. Barbaccia  is a docent at the SFBG and  Past  President of the SFBG Society’s Board of Trustees].  He has been fascinated by the growth of the field of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine (ACM).  Since becoming a docent (after retirement) he has pursued interests in the use of plants as sources of medicine through history.

The slide-illustrated talk will point out some of the many plants in the Garden from the Mediterranean, temperate and cloud forest climates that have been and/or are currently used as medicines.  The talk will also indicate some factors related to the increasing interest and use of herbals in the U.S. and in the Western world generally. 

February 16, 2009

  “Flora of South Africa’s Cape Region –noted for its fynbos vegetation

Presented by Ernesto Sandoval, Curator, College of Biological Sciences Greenhouses, University of California, Davis, California

The illustrated lecture’s focus is the biodiversity of the region and how it  influences the rest of the life there including humans and how including humans and plant diversity is  influenced by them.  He will bring South African bulbs of flowering size and other uncommon  plants with an  emphasis on South African species for purchase.

March  16, 2009

“The Protea Family”

presented by Brett Hall,  Director Living Collections and Native Plant Programs, USSC Arboretum, Santa Cruz, California.

April  20, 2009,

“The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, China”

Presented by garden designer Daxin Liu, Fragrant Hill Design,  Mountain View, California.  
His speciality is in designing Asian, modern and tropical style gardens.  He loves plants of all colors and stripes, especially those that are fragrant. 

May 18, 2009

Annual meeting and Potluck- Speaker TBA

June 15, 2009

 “Rare Fruit that You Can Grow”

Presented by Bill Grimes, President, California Rare Fruit Growers.

August  17, 2009

 “Wildflowers and Orchids of Australia”

Presented by Ron Parsons, Internationally recognized flower photographer who has circumvented the world photographing flowers in their natural habitats.

September  21, 2009

“Plant Hunting in the High Andes of Chile and Argentina”

Presented by Walter Teague, noted plant explorer  and photographer

October 19, 2009

“Life after Lawn: Toward New Naturalism"

Presented by Anthony Garza Jr.
Supervisor of Horticullture & Grounds
UC Botanical Garden
Focusing on grasses and other tasty monocots like restios,  astelia,  lomandra,  dianella, and carex,  both individual specimens and photos of use in landscapes to demonstrate their use in naturalist  assemblages and the like.

November  16, 2009

Ernest Wertheim, internationally acclaimed  landscape architect will share his decades of experience with garden design changes over the years.


Previous Programs

Programs from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008