Sunday, March 25, 2012

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2012, flower & garden market

This last Wednesday I got up wayyyy earlier than I ever do.  But for a good reason.  I drove to Davis, CA where I met up with fellow blogger Gerhard Bock from Bamboo, Succulents & More.  From there we drove to San Matao, CA where we went to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show.  What a great day we had.  I will have many more photos on my Facebook page.
Gerhard at Bamboo, Succulents & More already has three blog posts up to my one.  LOL  To see his teaser click here.  For display gardens click here.  And for the plant and flower market click here.

Floating Stars

This beautiful succulent mural was put together by Succulent Gardens which is located in Castroville, CA.  They had a very large area with many beautiful succulents for sale!

Ruffled echeveria

Loved this ruffled hybrid echeveria!

Row's of echeveria's

I believe that this is the 3 or 4" echeveria's that were on sale!  This is just a small portion.  They were up high like this, down below and even underneath the shelves.  Tiffaney who work's at Succulent Gardens was very busy answering questions and replacing the succulents as they were bought.

Buy Me

Succulent Gardens had the most incredible variety of succulents on sale. Most you could get in 6 different sizes. 2", 3', 4', 6", 8", 10" and 50 gallon! It was so hard not to buy and buy and buy!

Amazing aloe

This aloe was outstanding but I didn't get the name.  It was quite large, I believe it was in a 50 gal pot.  I sure wanted to take it home.

Graptopetalum paraguayense

Graptopetalum pentandrum subsp. superbum
All I have to say about this specimen is WOW!  I should have bought it!

Look at the love!

Look at the love!

Urban Farmgirls

Urban Farmgirls
They were right next  to Succulent Gardens. They manufacture locally hand-crafted garden products & also offer design, consultation, install and maintenance services for container gardens, roof top gardens and small to mid-size outdoor urban living spaces. 

Urban Farmgirl pots

Their distinct line of garden products includes Pozzola artisan pots, pozzola ornamentals, living wreaths and vertical garden boxes for the home & garden.

Owens Gardens

Owen Gardens
This company traveled all the way from Washington state. They had the nicest selection of tillandsia's I have seen. Of course since I love them I had to get a few!

Sticky Situation

Sticky Situation
Grower of Quality Cactus and Succulents native to
Deserts around the world including North, Central, South America, Africa, & Madagascar. Their nursery is in the foothills ofTucson, Arizona.

Lemaireocereus marginatus

Lemaireocereus marginatus

I really wanted to buy these wonderful succulents but I was running out of money! I did go home with a couple of beautiful euphorbia amak!


We were very pleased to see succulents all through the flower and garden show. Even in the exibit area which I will show you in the next post.


This company is located in northern California. EcoForms is a family-founded business that grew out of the desire to find an alternative to plastic pots. Their attractive and durable pots are made from renewable grain fibers and are biodegradable.

Vertical Herb Gardening

Vertical herb gardening

Another trend we also saw throughout the flower and garden show was vertical gardening. From herbs, flowers and of course succulents.

Orchids at the S.F. Flower & Garden Show

There were quite a few booths that sold beautiful orchids.  They were all so lovely!

Big Island Plants

Big Island Plants
This booth really stood out! It was bright and colorful! And everything was tucked into a big grass hut. They sold many different things including jewelry, books, seeds, bulbs and plants that were very exotic.

Bouquets of Protea's

Bouquet of Protea's

Annie's Annuals Spring Party

Annie's Annuals was there too!

Debra Lee Baldwin

At noon we went and listened to a wonderful lecture by Debra Lee Baldwin. I almost walked right by her looking for a seat. She grabbed me, spun me around and gave me a big hug hello! I wish we had more time to talk but I really enjoyed her talk and photos!

I will leave you there for now.  I will post the exhibit hall next.
So until then remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Rohrerbot said...

Holy sh#$%1!$! I would have gone broke after this show. This looks like so much fun. I'm getting excited because I bought my first set of ice plants today and get to work on my area. It's now warm enough to plant them outside. This convention looked like a lot of fun. I have a problem sleeping the night before shows like this....the display on the first picture is incredible. These plants for me are hit or miss. Several do well. But I'm planning on using them in artsy ways like you do. A lot of people think you can mix cacti and succulents together but that turns out bad. The succulents require more water and usually will rot the cacti....that's my problem here:) Thanks for sharing.

Gerhard Bock said...

Candy, your photos are super. They really capture the excitement we felt.

The graptopetalum we all liked is Graptopetalum superbum (it was promoted to species status in 2003, from what I read). I planted mine in a mixed planter yesterday. It is a beauty for sure.

Can't wait for part 2!

Spiky Obsession said...

Great photos, looks like a lovely show.

Graptopetalum superbum is a lovely plant, but not quite hardy for me, tend to survive down to -7 if kept dry. Graptopetalum paraguayense is howver hardy for me even unprotected and has survived two winters of -8 or -9

Julie said...

WOWZERS!!! My gosh, guys really can find the incredible succulent shows and nurseries out there!!! These are wonderful photos of it all...looks like a super fun and interesting time for you and Gerhard!!! Great that you got to go together!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank You, Candy! Great Post! Terrific photos! Succulents are such great plants...looking forward to part 2!
~Cindy Davison

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

I really wanted to buy more Chris but alas I was limited in the money I had. I do have some regrets that I did not buy a couple more that I keep thinking of! LOL

And thank you Gherhard, I did not get a tag with mine so I tried to listen to my video but couldn't hear so I went online and looked and that is what I could find.

Thanks everyone for the great comments!

Desert Dweller said...

Cool-o-rama. That was cool for sure, and worth the long trip in my case. The Urban Farmgirls creations were simply amazing...I rarely like everything made by one person, even my own designs...theirs, everything was nice.

Matt and Bobbie said...

Oh man! I would have had a stroke if I were there! So jealous! Wish we had stuff like this in the mid-west. I really like the handmade pots/planters. The tropical island exhibit looks extra-cool, with all those exotic plants (I especially love the trailing cactus). Looking forward to part 2!

Debra Lee Baldwin said...

I wish we could have had more time, too, Candy. Looks like you hit all the high points! My big splurge was an Opuntia 'Fred' from Sticky Situation. It's like little green marbles piled on top of each other. $20 and I had to hold it on my lap on the flight home.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks for all your great posts! Heading to Cancun, MX in a few hours and just couldn't get #2 out before I went. Oh well, when I get back! Thanks for all the love!

And Debra I would have loved to seen you with that cactus on the plane. Hahaha! Sounds really vulgar though!

Gaz said...

Superb, looks like you had a great day. I love the Urban Farmgirls stand too!