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SF Flower and Garden Show 2010

Nature By Design

Nature By Design by Ripple Effect Water Gardens

We went to the SF Flower and Garden Show Friday evening. Overall I thought they were really good this year. Some photos are below. The indoor lighting is weird, and scaffolding or restroom signs seem to find their way into a lot of the shots, but that’s part of the garden show ambience.

Nature By Design

Nature By Design

Salvaged Creole Jazz

Salvaged Creole Jazz Courtyard by The Artists Garden

I thought the New Orleans courtyard garden was the best garden. Really interesting plants and great attention to detail. Dimly lit to give it a voodoo mood, though, so not the easiest to photograph.

Salvage Creole Jazz Courtyard

Salvage Creole Jazz Courtyard

Mariposa Fine Gardening

The Papillon Pad by Mariposa Gardening and Design

Mariposa Fine Gardening

The Papillon Pad

The Papillon Pad

The Papillon Pad

Re-Generation: The World Without Us

The World Without Us by The Garden Route Company

The World Without Us

The World Without Us rainwater catchment well

The Living Room

The Living Room by Organic Mechanics

You will be assimilated.

The Living Room

Inside the Living Room

The garden show website has a list of all the garden creators with descriptions of the concepts for the agardens and links to the creators’ websites. Garden Porn and Floradora and An Alameda Garden and Blue Planet Garden Blog (and probably many other blogs) have photos from the show. The New Orleans courtyard seems to be the consensus favorite.


8 Responses to “SF Flower and Garden Show 2010”

  1. March 28th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    keewee says:

    You sure can get some great ideas for your own garden at these shows.

  2. March 28th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Noelle/azplantlady says:

    I think if you didn’t have the lights and signs in the background, some might mistake these landscapes as real ones that exist outdoors. I love the wooden bench by the cultured stone wall. Thank you for sharing the beautiful exhibits 🙂

  3. March 28th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Laura Livengood Schaub says:

    Thanks for your post, glad you enjoyed the Show! We learned a lot this year, both about how to put on a great show and what we can do to improved it. We agree totally about the lighting, and the Exit sign kept messing up my shots of the Dinosaur! Already plotting for 2011…thank again (show publicist)

  4. March 29th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    ryan says:

    A lot of great ideas indeed.
    I agree the bench is a highlight.
    My shot of the dinosaur didn’t turn out well either. That was a cool garden, but my photographs were very strange colors.

  5. March 29th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Country Mouse says:

    So strange what one misses. Us mice were at the show yesterday all day – and I totally missed that you could go inside the living wall cube! Enjoyed your pics – and agree it’s so hard to take photos in there. with everyone taking pics these days it would be good if they could factor that into the lighting design. But it might be just too difficult.

  6. March 31st, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    ryan says:

    It was pretty cool in the cube. Personally, just about the first thing I do at the displays is check for anything that I can climb on or go in or jump on.

  7. April 4th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    lostlandscape (James) says:

    The cube looks cool, even though I’d posted comments to another review that I don’t really get the idea of green walls, at least in a dry climate. (Patric Blanc’s green walls in Paris, okay that makes sense.) Any approach to a structure via steps laid in a body of water is one of my favorite effects. Unfortunately liability seems to limit its use. (The Getty museum has a terrific example that got blocked off by seating a year later. All I can guess is that some visitors ended up in the drink.)

  8. April 7th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    ryan says:

    I agree about green walls; they very rarely have the ecological and practical benefits of a green roof. But it is an interesting concept and does push the envelope of what is possible with plants, so I like it when it’s done well. I thought the succulent Borg cube was a cool design for a garden show.
    As a note on this green wall, I saw somewhere that each plastic tray for the green wall retails for about $70. There are 49 trays per wall, putting the retail cost at near $14,000 for the entire cube, even before you buy the thousands of succulents and fix it to the wall. I also heard !9,000 individual succulents. Yikes. The designers wouldn’t have paid retail themselves, but, still…

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