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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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Site of the Succulent Celebration

Will you be at the Succulent Celebration and book launch June 7-8 near San Diego? I’d love to see you there! To entice you, here are a few glimpses of the nursery that’s hosting it, Waterwise Botanicals.

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Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’, in pots and on the hillside, is one of the succulents that the nursery sells a lot of. Continue Reading →

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A new look at the potager – Cambo innovates again

The potager – that ornamental version of the vegetable garden was always a bit precious. Too many people had visited Chateau Villandry on the Loire and thought they could do a mini-version. The results were all too often a neurotic assemblage of over-controlled vegetables that no-one dare harvest as it would spoil the picture. Continue Reading →

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Whimsy and Provocation

 "SOL Grotto" light tubes from Solyndra in art exhibit

Detail of light tubes from “SOL Grotto”

We interrupt the regularly scheduled garden photography lesson to bring you some breaking news.  While I was writing this lesson in The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop, controversy erupted.

Provocation in the world of gardens and art !  National scandal in “hip, pretentious art” at the Berkeley Botanical Garden where an on-site art exhibit using recycled glass tubes became an example of “phony intellectualism”. Continue Reading →

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First open the garden, then pour the tea

 

 

Opened our garden on Sunday, for the National Garden Scheme, which for those of you who don’t know it, raises money for charities through encouraging private gardens to open to the public. They have been running since 1927, and now have thousands of gardens in the famous Yellow Book guide. Its not the first time I’ve participated in the scheme but the first for our current garden. Not surprisingly garden visiting is listed as one of the most popular hobbies in Britain. Continue Reading →

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