Back from the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Almost 4 hours in the car, but it was worth it. There’s so much to see. A wide variety of plants and garden designs, some right up my alley, others just weird. Quirky seems to be in, teetering right on the edge of tacky.
Some trends I spotted:
Vertical gardening. Everything is going up, up, up. Succulents, herbs, ferns. This seems to be a logical consequence of homeowners having ever smaller yard.
Water. Almost every garden design I saw had a water feature in it.
Crushed glass. A few years ago crushed glass mulch was cutting-edge (no pun intended), now it is everywhere.
Succulents. While there were no straight succulent gardens, virtually every show garden incorporated succulents somehow. Sometimes it made sense, sometimes it didn’t. Why stick a lonely dudleya (not a common succulent by any stretch of the imagination) into a show garden that features rusty wheelbarrows and car doors?
A much more detailed post will be up by the end up the week. I have to go through my 200+ photos first.
P.S. Went to Debra Lee Baldwin’s presentation on Fresh Ideas with Succulents. That alone was worth the trip. She truly is the queen of succulents, and I got a hug from her. Yeah!
P.P.S. Met Laura and Noreen from the Succulent Fanatics group on Facebook. It was wonderful meeting you. Sorry we didn’t get to hang out longer.
P.P.P.S. Had a great time car-pooling with Candy of Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents. She’s a riot.
Other 2012 SF Flower & Garden show posts: