Year End Letter  

Stephanie Linder, Executive Director

Dear Garden Members and Patrons,


With nearly half a million visitors each year, San Francisco Botanical Garden is a vital part of the Bay Area. It’s a place where everyone, from babies to seniors, gathers to learn, collaborate, celebrate, strengthen bonds and friendships, and build new ones – all while connecting to plants and our environment. 

The Garden is more than a pretty place, we’re an organization committed to building a greener future. Please donate and help us address three critical issues that threaten the health and well-being of people and our planet: nature-deficit disorder, plant blindness, and shrinking biodiversity. 

Here are a few highlights from our efforts this year: 

  • Curing nature-deficit disorder:

    • Shared music, plants, and community with 58,000 Flower Piano participants in the Garden over 12 days in July

    • Engaged 1,963 volunteers who contributed 42,907 hours to virtually every aspect of the Garden’s operations

    • Revitalized and opened the Celebration Garden, creating a welcoming space for visitors as well as new events and activities

  • Correcting plant blindness with exposure to botany, horticulture, and ecology:

    • Served 3,801 children, parents, and grandparents, through Bean Sprouts Family Days, who enjoyed intergenerational bonding while gardening, exploring, learning, and playing in the Children’s Garden

    • Welcomed 13,000 children to learn about plants and their importance to the planet through our Youth Education Programs 

  • Protecting plant biodiversity:

    • Launched a campaign to build a new nursery and maintenance facility to advance conservation efforts and achieve our potential as a world-class garden

    • Added more than 121 new accessions in the past year

    • Featured 8,997 unique taxa throughout the Garden 

With your help, we can continue to work on solutions to these fundamental problems. Give a gift today to connect people to plants, the planet, and each other.

With gratitude,

Stephanie Linder

Executive Director


1199 9th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122


Phone: (415) 661-1316

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San Francisco Botanical Garden is a public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

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