Monday, August 24, 2009

San Francisco Bromeliad Tour 2009

On August 23, 2009 the San Francisco Bromeliad Society had its annual garden tour and pot luck luncheon.

This year we concentrated our tour in the city of San Francisco and visited 4 gardens.

Ted Kippings garden was the first to be explored.
With the help of landscape designer Harland Hand ( now deceased but not forgotten ) Ted has terraced his steep hillside garden into a series of undulating terraces that support his incredible collection of plants.
From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


A favorite of mine was this climbing bromeliad .
From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


There were lots of cactus and succulents too. Many were in pots throughout the garden, as seen in this photo leading up to the back door entrance to the garage.
From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


Of course there were lots of bromeliads
From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


At Stacey’s garden we were treated to a lovely city garden under the canopy of a fruiting pear tree
From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


There was a prolific small veggie garden being overlooked by Buddha
From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


The entry stairwell to Stacey’s two story house was clothed with Tillandsias and Bromeliads
From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


The last stop on our tour was at our treasurer’s house , Harold Charns.
We had our pot luck feast out in amongst his incredible garden.

I found a seat on the dining terrace just outside the kitchen next to a wonderful planter box garden.
From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


A wall mount fountain
From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


A fabulously large staghorn fern in the lower garden spanning about 5 feet in length
From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


Bromeliads galore

From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008


Along with some wonderful succulents
From Bromeliad Society Tour 2008

7 comments:

how it grows said...

Thanks for sharing your photos!

kimberly said...

Wow, how many garden societies do i have to belong to to find out about these sorts of things? Those photos are stunning and I wish I could've been there.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Stunning! The pictures are balm for the soul!

I just found some beautiful HUGE sun loving bromeliads...going to pot them up with some crotons in a Huge urn. I'll have to post pics on my blog.

Christopher C. NC said...

Are the moskeeters a problem with bromeliads in the SF area? My place on Maui could get treacherous for some folks, though given a choice, the skeeters would pass me by.

ChrisC said...

Outstanding!

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

I have a modestly small collection of bromeliads in my Marin County garden and haven't noticed a mosquito problem.

We really don't seem to have an overall bug problem here like they do in the tropics or in New England.

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Next month, the cactus and succulent garden road trip up to U.C. Davis !

danger garden said...

Michelle! AMAZING!...those pictures are jewels! What beautiful places. I didn't realize that the SF climate was so Bromeliad friendly...