Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum

aka San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

San Francisco, CA

Mission

Founded in 1955, the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society builds communities of support for the Botanical Garden and cultivates the bond between people and plants.

Ruling Year

1959

Executive Director

Stephanie Linder

Main Address

1199 9th Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94122 USA

Keywords

education, youth education, library, horticulture, conservation, environment, open space, garden, botanical garden, arboretum

EIN

94-6050168

 Number

6284386263

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

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Plant Collections, Propagation & Garden Support

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San Francisco Botanical Garden should be cherished and supported locally and recognized internationally for beauty, diversity of plant collections, educational programs and inspiring conservation. Visitors will immediately know that this is a special place that is cared for with exceptional attention to detail. Enhance the visitor experience beyond the Garden visit and strengthen connections with both physical and virtual visitors. Attract even more children, youth, families, adults and seniors to come to learn about plants and the importance of biodiversity. Promote exploration and discovery and introduce children and caregivers to the ABC's of plant-literacy. Define, refine and rezone our plant collections for greater impact. Elevate the overall level of horticulture throughout the Garden and maintain it in a more efficient and thoughtful manner. Grow philanthropic support for ongoing operations as well as special projects and improve the Garden's long-term sustainability.

Make Garden entrances more enticing and provide every visitor with personalized guidance by staff. Introduce a robust website with an updated look and feel, and add new/upgraded amenities. Make improved interpretative signage and other relevant interpretative tools available to all Garden visitors in multiple languages. through new early childhood programs. Expand volunteer and intern opportunities for middle and high school-aged youth. Create new avenues for exploring hobbies and professions in horticulture through training programs, skill-building workshops and volunteer opportunities. Set specific geographic and elevation parameters for each of our collections so that we dedicate our resources, space and acquisitions to growing the most relevant species for our climate. Automate irrigation and provide horticulturists with cutting edge tools. Partner with transformational funders to launch new programs and refurbish key areas of the Garden.

San Francisco Botanical Garden is situated in Golden Gate Park and neighbor to several cherished local cultural institutions. San Francisco's uniquely mild and foggy climate allows us to successfully grow a wide variety of plants that would struggle outdoors in other North American public gardens, let alone be displayed in one place. The Garden’s unique contribution to the Bay Area’s rich network of environmental education programs is developing people’s deep understanding of plants using our outdoor classroom. As our plants sales continue to gain customers and interest, we can leverage them to reach more plant lovers with horticultural education and earn more revenue to support the Garden. Our media relationships are stronger than they have ever been, as evidenced by the extensive and positive press coverage this year of our Flower Piano and NightGarden Piano events. Public awareness of the Garden has never been stronger.

Annual visitation will grow to over 500,000 by the year 2020. Our redesigned website will go live in 2018 and food/beverage service will be introduced later in the fiscal year. In 2019, we will provide 1,000 free docent tours and interpretation stations and reach 15,000 visitors through free and fee-based programs. In summer 2019, we’ll launch Garden Camp, an all-outdoor educational camp for grades K-2 that engages children in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). By the end of 2020, we aim to have duplicates propagated of all of our historic and threatened Magnolias. We also aim to identify and begin the process of propagating accessions from our Mesoamerican Cloud Forest. Completed collections policy by the end of 2019 and by the end of 2020, duplicates propagated of all of our historic and threatened Magnolias. Engaging key stakeholders and the public in a comprehensive strategic planning effort with a new long-term plan to take effect in 2020.

In 2018, the Garden received $1,205,603 in total admissions revenue – a 211% increase since the fee was introduced in August 2010. In that same period we also received 458,900 visitors from around the world – a 5.6% increase over the prior year and a 129% increase since 2010. In 2017, the Garden served 12,658 children through school-based, summer and family programs. We also provided fee-based workshops and 891 free docent tours and interpretation stations, reaching over 11,800 visitors. We engaged 1,883 volunteers who contributed 46,680 hours across all Garden programs and areas. Our signature annual event, Flower Piano, has helped break visitation and admissions revenue figures each July since it was introduced in the summer of 2015. In July 2018 we held our first multi-night ticketed event, NightGarden Piano, to great public acclaim. Currently planned is a phased redesign and renovation of the Exhibition Garden for private event rentals, Garden events and educational programming.

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San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

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