The San Francisco Garden Show opens March 24 - 28 2010 at the San Mateo Event Center
Tickets at the door are $ 20.00 and are good for the entire length of the show.
Let it be known that I take garden shows seriously.
I look at them with a critical eye towards detail, design, execution and overall expression.
From Chelsea to Boston to San Francisco, I evaluate them all the same, - are they executed exceedingly well and up to international standards.
The 2010 San Francisco Garden Show delivered the goods.
Upon entering the San Mateo venue ( unfortunately the show is not located in San Francisco) one is greeted by a fantastically large cube clothed with succulents, floating effortlessly on a watery moat.
The design is by Organic Mechanics.
A path of antique millstones leads you into the den of the cube
The chandelier inside the cube
The other entry garden greeting the garden goers is designed by Keeyla Meadows.
It is a chaotic assemblage of cast and colored concrete forms accented with a cacophony of equally loud bustling blossoms.
Calm is restored as you venture into the beautifully presented garden by Luciole.
Finely detailed and crafted polished concrete and wood furniture is placed on a carpet of crushed gravel surround by a tasteful planting of palm trees and Mediterranean plants
The students from Arizona State traveled again to San Francisco and pleased the viewers with another innovative garden, showing us that a desert garden can be fun and functionally lovely to be in.
Mariposa landscaping inspired us with their beautiful hand crafted stone and woodworking work.
Always one to have fun with her garden designs is Mary TeSalle from Quite Contrary Gardens. Here she is dancing amongst her tree house and 100 year old Olive trees
Brian Swope of Tierra Seca continues year after year to wow the crowds with this strong sculptural works and conscientious native plant plantings.
My favorite garden by far was an Artist’s Garden by
Featuring exquisite details and finely tuned plantings set in a courtyard in the heart of New Orleans.
Huettl Landscape Architects presented us with a beautifully crafted contemporary lounge.
The ceramic clay fish are by Marilyn MacKenzie.
This year there was a sculpture garden set outside on a plot of lawn.
I appreciated the works of art, especially Marcia Donahues ceramic sculpture, but was disappointed in how the space was presented.
A sculpture exhibition should have a space all its own rather than have some of the vendors hawking their wares within the same space. It lessens the intensity of the art and compromises the artistic integrity of the work being shown.
Unfortunately my photos of the grand prize winner, Garden Route, came out terrible.
They created a garden of native grasses , a grass covered core ten pergola and a patio devoid of any signs of life. It was a garden surviving after the apocalypse.
Not very inspiring really. Quite boring. But natives are the trend and I suppose the judges were drawn to it.
The market place was full of wonderful plant nurseries, garden accroutements and the occasionally displaced merchandiser selling bedding sheets and jewellery.
Below is one vendor show casing his grey water system.
In his exhibit he had this great plastic furniture. I thought they were holding tanks for grey water , but they weren’t.
I think this vendor could really be onto something if he were to make these pieces into functional working water holding systems.
For more information on this years garden show check their webpage :http://www.sfgardenshow.com/index.php/the-gardens/the-gardens