Wednesday, April 3, 2013

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2013

On Friday March 22nd I went to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show in San Mateo, CA.  There was so much to see I wish I had more days to spend there.  But I could only go one day so I had to cram as much in as possible.  So get ready and hang on to your hats.  This will be a whirlwind visit.

I met up with my Succulent Fanatics buddy Noreen Fenton early in the day and the very first thing I headed for was the beautiful Succulent Globe from my previous post.  I couldn't wait to see it put together and spinning.  It was definitely the hit of the show.  I can't tell you how many times I heard people gasp when they first saw it!

Succulent Globe

Assembly of this beautiful globe took three fork lifts and about 6 people two 6 hour days to assemble.  Wow that is a lot of hard work!  As a reminder in case you didn't see the previous post, this fantastic vertical marvel was created by Robin Stockwell, owner of Succulent Gardens and Weston Cook.

It was displayed right in the middle of the Expo Hall garden displays.  A table was set up in front of the globe and there was always someone there (mostly Robin Stockwell) ready to answer the many questions from the crowd.

Before I knew it I had to run off because I wanted to hear the seminar at 11:00 by Robin Stockwell on the DIY Stage -Redwood Hall entitled Succulent Maintenance.  I had to run through the Expo Hall, through the outside exhibits and the next building which housed the Flower & Plant Market.  I came to a skidding halt a couple of times because there were Succulents EVERYWHERE!  I finally made it to hear 3/4 of his talk.

Robin Stockwell and Succulent Globe

His talk was colorful and informative.  Just when I thought I knew just about everything about succulent care Robin's speech taught me so much more.  I learned more about mealy bugs, propagation  fertilizer tips and did you know that you are suppose to clean your tools with Lysol.  Wow I had no idea!   And keep them sharp.  Well I knew that thank goodness.  You should have heard the people in the audience have a small freak out when he snipped off the tops of aeoniums.

 Vendor offering beautiful garden art like this metal Agave

Heading back after Robin's seminar we ran into a cool outdoor exhibit with metal outdoor sculptures.  I really wanted this metal Agave but alas it was too expensive.

UC Berkeley Wall of China

We headed back to the Expo Hall and checked out the exhibits.  This is by UC Berkeley and I think they called it The Green Walls of China.  Since the theme of the show was Gardens Make the World Go Round each exhibit was designed with a certain country in mind.

Part of UC Berkeley exhibit Wall of China

Photo by Noreen Fenton
Here is a close up of the wall.  I don't know what the tubing is made up of but each one was stuffed with an individual succulent plant.


photo by Noreen Fenton
I believe that this exhibit is called Mexico 'Inside Out'.  As it says in the large information pamphlet I received when I entered the show, "Inside Out" is design using inspiration from urban Mexican culture and architects such as Ricardo Legorreta & Luis Barragan.  A combination of elements, differing in size and function, not only provide the user an appealing outdoor room, but are practical for nearly anyone to construct.

Agave attenuata 'Karas stripes' and barrel cactus

Agave attenuata 'Karas stripes' with Golden barrel cactus.  This agave is special and I will tell you why after the next photo.

Gary Gragg and his patented Agave attentuatua 'Karas stripes'

photo by Noreen Fenton
This is Gary Gragg, owner of Golden Gate Palms and Exotics.  He is posing beside his patented Agave attenuata 'Karas Stripe'.  It took him over 10 years to have enough of these variegated agave to apply for a patent.  He discovered his first just growing as a pup on a regular green attenuata.  He multiplied them asexually.  They are really beautiful.  Since the day was so crazy I did not get to meet him personally.  But my succulent buddy Noreen did.

Debra Lee Baldwin, Noreen Fenton and myself

I couldn't keep myself away from the Globe.  And I am glad I did.  Because who did Noreen and I run into but my friend and author Debra Lee Baldwin.  She had a seminar entitled Succulent Simplified at 2:00pm.  So before she ran off we got a few photos taken.

Debra Lee Baldwin and myself

It was like paparazzi.  So fun!
And before we knew it Debra had to head off to the Seminar stage to get ready for her presentation.  But before she left she asked if I had noticed that she had changed the name of the presentation she was giving the next day.  She changed it to "Secrets to Sassy Succulents'!  Oh my goodness I wish I could have been there and heard it!

Author of Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens

Debra started out her program announcing that she is following up the success of her two books, Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens with a new book entitled Succulents Simplified!  What a great presentation.  All I will tell you is that the book is divided in three different parts and you are going to love it!  Ok.....let's say this, "It's a prequel"!  Hee hee!

Succulent Hat

One of her slides was showing Laura Balaro and her beautiful succulent hat.  Laura is the head of the Succulent Fanatics and she wore this at last years Succulent Extravaganza.
After this we headed back to the Expo!

Glass Garden stakes

Wish I had taken down the name of the artist from this booth!  Wonderful glass art for your garden and home!

Dasylirion wheeleri and fishhook cactus

I saw cactus and succulents everywhere.  Here is Dasylirion wheeleri and Fishhook Barrel cactus.  I don't know why but I didn't get to take a lot of photos in the Expo Hall.  I was really crushed for time.  I wanted to get over to the Flower and Plant Market and check it out before I went home.

Urban Farmgirls

Urban Farmgirls really caught my eye.  I remember them from last year and they have some pretty great stuff.

Urban Farmgirls semps  @

They had lots of hand made pots for sale including this one already planted in the shape of an @ sign.

Tillandsias Urban Farmgirls

I loved the repetition with this one.  The plants are Tillandsia airplants.

Cool! Handmade pot Urban Farmgirls

Looks like Urban Farmgirls inlaid some blue and white glass in this pot and then repeated it as top dressing.


The Cactus Collection (Altman plants) had some super succulent pottings.

Hanging potting from Altman Plants

Love this hanging pot!

Uno, dos, tres

Tomorrow I am off to try and find these fishes!  They are so darn cute.

Beautiful strawberry pot

Don't you love this potting in a squashed strawberry pot!  I wanted this but I was saving my dollars.

Altman plants/hanging or in stand

These cone shaped hanging planters were outstanding by The Cactus Collection (Altman plants).   This had a stand so you could just display it on a table or counter instead of hanging.

Potting for sale at SFFGS

I don't remember where I saw this but loved the combination!

Love the pot

How cool is this pot!!!

Sticky Situation cactus bloom

Sticky Situation is a great company that provides a wonderful cactus selection.  I went home with a rat tail cactus from them!

Plants from Sticky Situation

Here is a just a smidgen of what Sticky Situation had to offer.

Mark Muradian pottery

This pot is by Mark Muradian pottery.  Wait till you see some of the selection.

Mark Muradian Pottery

So many different shapes and sizes.  All hand made and with great exterior decorations!

Mark Muradian pottery

Check out the detail on this hanging planter!

So now for my favorite place.  Succulent Gardens had the best booth.  It was the last place I hit and wow as usual I was not disappointed.  So many succulents.  And when one was taken for purchase another was put in it's place!

Ahhhh vertical planting from Succulent Gardens

Beautiful mountain scene on this vertical planting by Succulent Gardens.

Plants for Sale from Succulent Gardens

So many succulents to buy!  As you can see this is day three of the show and they had tons to sell!

Plants for sale from Succulent Gardens

Their booth was very popular as you can see!  Sometimes it was difficult to go down the aisles to get what you wanted.   But I definitely went home with quite a few.

Oh yeah

Vertical heart from Succulent Gardens

Let's end this post with some Succulent Gardens Love!
I know that I missed a lot of other booths and exhibits but it was difficult to see everything in just one day.  Next year I will try to go at least two days.  I hope you enjoyed the photos.  To see more join me on my Facebook page.

So until next time remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Stephanie said...

Kudos to Robin Stockwell and team! That globe is out of this world. The exhibits (succulent arrangements) are so amazing. I really wish that we could have such show here. And your friend Debra Lee Baldwin, she is really something. Third book already? wow! Btw, thanks Candice for the answers in earlier post :-) Have a great day.

Spiky Obsession said...

That globe is amazing. Looks like you had a great time, and what a selection of plants to be able to browse

Cassidy said...

Thank you so much for posting these photos! I was dying to go but couldn't afford to fly out there :)

I'm glad I could live vicariously through you. It looks like it was an amazing event!

Mark and Gaz said...

Thanks for sharing all these pics, the event looked so much fun! And glad to see the globe finally installed especially after giving us a sneaky peek towards its construction :)

Julie said...

This just leaves you speechless!!!!!!!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

I am so glad you all like it! Thanks for the super comments!

Debra Lee Baldwin said...

Thank you, dear Jelly Bean, for the shout-out. It was fun running into you, but I regret we didn't have more time. I would have really enjoyed touring the exhibits with you. You always make me laugh, and you have a wealth of knowledge, too.