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Maggie the Mannequin at San Francisco Garden Show

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The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is March 19-23, and what a surprise, the advertising theme is flowers.  But the fun thing is an injection of new energy targeting a younger audience and special events.

As anyone who has attended the Show in recent years knows, the Show is not in San Francisco, but in San Mateo Convention Center 20 miles south.  While this is convenient for a large audience that lives in these suburbs, it lacks the energy of a City atmosphere and is tough for public transportation.

New owners of the Show are looking for ways to move it back to San Francisco but in the meantime they are looking for new ideas to make it a success and an event with buzz. Continue Reading →

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Highlights of the NW Flower & Garden Show…Plus Shopping!

I recently travelled to the second largest flower and garden show in the US, in Seattle, to give two presentations. Here’s what I enjoyed  most—a subjective collection, to be sure, and one dependent on the capabilities of my iPhone’s camera. Even so, 25 photos is more than double the number I usually show in a GGW post. (I think it might have been the shopping that did it. I kept thinking, “I can’t bring this home, but at least I can show it to everyone!”)

White glass flower

A recurring theme of the display gardens was blown glass. Famed  artist Dale Chihuly’s studio is near Seattle, and his influence is everywhere. For example, this white glass flower in a green-and-white garden. Continue Reading →

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Uh-oh. My agave’s blooming.

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I’m going to miss my toothy Agave potatorum, shown here beginning to form a bloom spike. When an agave flowers, it is not a happy event, unless you’ve been waiting forever to collect its offspring. Agaves are monocarpic, meaning they die after flowering. Continue Reading →

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Great Repetitions at Steven’s Gardens

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At the Laguna Beach Garden Club recently, a young woman came to the book-signing table, introduced herself, and invited me to a nearby nursery where she works. I took her up on it mainly  to see the succulents, and didn’t expect such an impressive array of pots. Big ones, little ones, vivid ones, pale ones, and everything in between. Plus ceramic orbs, for which there seem no purpose, other than to do the same thing in the garden as glass globes (which I don’t understand either). Continue Reading →

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Heirloom Exposition and Free Tickets

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The Third Annual National Heirloom Exposition takes place in Santa Rosa, California on September 10, 11, 12.  Read on for a free ticket offer.

First a word or two about heirloom vegetables.  What’s the big deal ?   They are often funny looking, can be hard  to grow, and often yield less than modern hybrids with no better nutritional value.  For many they are a fad, appealing to trendsetters, snobs, and the politically correct since “heirloom” is often tied to “sustainability” and “organic”. Continue Reading →

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