Monday, May 23, 2011

Tis the season of garden tours and trips.

Last week the S.F. Bromeliad Club and the S.F Cactus and Succulent Club had separate field trips.
The Brom club went to the S.F. Conservatory and the Succulent club hired a bus and took us down to visit the cactus garden in Stanford, the Rodin sculpture garden , wine tasing in Gilroy and then plant shopping at Succulent Gardens Nursery in Castroville.

Here a a few photos from each tour :

A Medinilla magnifica at the Conservatory
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Bromeliad
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Nepenthes
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Bromeliad arrangement in the entry foyer
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Part of a special exhibit at the conservatory was author Amy Stewarts Wicked Plants show.
It was a hoot ! Lot of wicked poisonous plants set to a story line.
This photo shows the gift store swag.
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I was interested in this deadly plant because I’ve seen it covertly growing in a nursery . It wasn’t for sale. It was being grown by one of the nursery workers for his own usse.
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My own wicked plant growing in my garden in Novato
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Across from the Cactus garden at Standford there is an Andy Goldsworthly stone sculpture
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A few hundred yards away is the Rodin garden
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Owner of Succulent Gardens in Catroville, Robin Stockwell
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One of the greenhouses
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I bought a few plants and potted them up for the garden at home
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6 comments:

Rainforest Gardener said...

You potted up a FEW plants? A FEW plants? That looks like more than a few plants. Thanks for taking us along on the tour, especially for showing us the magnificent Andy Goldsworthy piece. He's one of my favorite artists of all time... he really deserves that spot across from Rodin.

Phrago said...

HEY! That serpentine sculpture by Andy Goldworthly is a stacked wall isn't it. I mean it doesn't have any mortar holding it together. Beautiful work. Sounds like you had a wonderful excursion. And who's Idea was it to have a wine tasting before you went to the Succulant store? HA! that must have lubed the wallet right out of your jeans... Nice to see Poppy 'Drag Queen' is in your garden. Not it's actual name, but it should be. A friend of mine sent me seed last year. I am hoping for a successful garden show! That black and white bromeliad is a killer and I must have it. maybe even a few of them. Devil's Claw, interesting, what does the vine look like...

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Patrick,
If that bromeliad comes up for sale or is on the raffle table I'll try and get a plant for you.
The devils claw plant sort of looks like a penstemon flower, at least that is how it was described to me by the nursery foreman at Landscapes Unlimited, which is where I saw the dried 'devils paw' seed pod.
PS. - I think Dan Arco's ID.'ed that particular bromeliad on his facebook page.

Laguna Dirt said...

wow! andy goldsworthy and rodin in one swoop! heaven! your flower pics are gorgeous!

Landscape Design said...

Great post! That stone sculpture is awesome looking, and the pics are amazing. Keep up the great work!

andrea said...

Love this post! Great photos. Enjoy your new plants! I need to get to that nursery!