Fall Native Plant Sale Preview Party

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019

Time: 4:00PM - 6:30PM

Instructor: Garden Staff

Location: Courtyard

Limited spaces available.  Please register at the door.

Get first pick at the Fall Native Plant Sale.

Join us in the Courtyard as we toast the beginning of planting season. Enjoy beverages and light appetizers while you shop the first pick of plants available at the Fall Native Plant Sale.

Click here for the Plant Availablity List


Celebrate Betsy Collins, Director of Horticulture

Betsy CollinsJoin us at the Fall Native Plant Sale preview party to wish Betsy Collins a very fond farewell as she retires from the Garden. Betsy began her involvement at the Garden as a volunteer in the Horticulture Nursery. She was hired as Living Collections Manager in June 1990 and was responsible for maintaining the plant records. The Garden was just beginning to use computer instead of paper records for tracking plants but had only a rudimentary computer database. Over time, Betsy developed the Garden’s current plant records database in Microsoft Access which is now used to manage both nurseries, public information labels, and seedbank processes. Field work was always a favorite activity and over the years Betsy has collected 1687 accessions for the Garden. Betsy became Director of Horticulture & Facilities in 2011.

Desert plants and Dudleyas were of particular interest and she spearheaded the renovation of the desert section in the 1990s and the development of the Dudleya display in 1993. Betsy initiated the image database project which became sbbgphotos.org which now contains over 90,000 images! After the devastating loss of plant labels caused by the Jesusita Fire, Betsy sought funding to create a GIS map of the Garden’s plantings. Creation of the Island View Garden with her talented staff is probably Betsy’s proudest accomplishment. 

Not a member?  Join today at sbbg.org/membership.

Become a Plant Sale Sponsor!

Help make this the most successful plant sale yet! Your cash sponsorships and in-kind donations of products and services help us get more native plants in gardens and landscapes throughout central and southern California. Become a sponsor by August 30 to make the most of our benefits:

• Brand exposure to thousands of garden enthusiasts
• Business recognition all month in advertising, signage, and social media
• Member & Sponsors' Preview Party tickets with access to early shopping
• Optional sponsor table on weekends
• Garden admission passes for clients

For more information, contact Heidi Whitman or call (805) 682-4726, ext. 133.

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