Monday, March 31, 2014

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show 2014 retail area

It's been over a week since the show and it is really great looking over the photos and remembering the great time I had.  The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show was from March 19-23rd at the San Mateo Event Center.  There was so much for us to see and do.  They had over 200,000 sq feet of just about everything related to Gardening, flowers, floral design and outdoor living.  With over 20 spectacular display gardens and over 250 exhibitors there was just no way to cover it all in two days.  Maybe next year I will be able to stay for the whole event.

I had a great time with Debra Lee Baldwin and helped with her presentations.  I also got to meet up with Tiffany Polli at Succulent Gardens and Larrisa Haney of Succulent Bliss.  We have been trying to meet up for some time and had a wonderful time together with her Mom.

Since my favorite part of the show was the retail area I will cover it first.  They were actually in both buildings (the Expo Hall and Fiesta Hall) but I only made my rounds in the Fiesta Hall the first day.  That's where all the live plant vendors displayed everything from vegetables to exotic orchids of every type and color.  This building had a nice air flow and the smell of all the beautiful plants was intoxicating.

There were quite a few Orchid vendors at the show.  Now I normally don't take notice of them for some reason but this year I paid more attention and took quite a few photos.  I even bought an orchid where the flower smells exactly like coconut.  It is wonderful and is attached to a board so I can hang it to the wall.  I smell it every day.  Now I only hope I can keep it alive.  LOL

Looking at them this close really makes me appreciate their beauty.

And I really got to play with depth of field on my new camera.

Of course Succulent Gardens was there with rows and rows of never ending beautiful succulents.  This is my favorite place and I spent a lot of time (and money) here.  Tiffany and the other SG peeps were always restocking and you barely ever saw a blank spot with no succulent.

More succulent beauty and yes I came home with some!

Sticky Situation

Sticky Situation came all the way from Tuscon, AZ.  And they had quite a great selection of 'sticky' succulents!

So many beautiful succulents.  And as you can see lots of blooming cactus.

This is Tephrocatus articulatus var. papyracanthus.  Such a cool cactus.  I have one but not as far along as this one.

I wish I had spent more time with the owners but just not enough time.  Alas nothing came from from this vendor like last year.

Air Plants from Owens Gardens always has the most fantastic selection of Tillansia.  Every kind you could want.  I love these and they are so easy to take care of.  He had so many varieties and I took some home to live with some others I already have!

These were really kind of neat.  They were tiny colored beads (very tiny) until you added water.  Once you did they swell up and stay wet.  You can add cut flower in a vase and many other uses and the flower will stay watered with these beads.  Not for succulents of course.

These planters hanging from this rack were so cool!  I wish I had gotten one.  See the one on the bottom left?  I wanted to get that beautiful dykia but by the time I went back they were gone.  Sometimes you just have to get something right away and not wait.  And I don't know the vendor.  I even got a press packet with floor diagram by number but it did not have corresponding names.  Very frustrating.

Another vendor I don't know the name of!  Arg!!  But Sue who was working it was so sweet.  I bought a beautiful hanging orchid and some Tillandsia in shells like these!  I already have them hanging!

Meadowland nursery and Urban Farmgirls had a huge area full of fun orbs for the garden, hypertufa pots and great plants! Such great ideas and wonderful displays.

Don't they have some wonderful ideas?  They are located in San Francisco so I may have to take a road trip.

More Urban Farmgirls love.  This cotyledon is so happy with these echeverias in this pot.  Wish I knew what the pink think was but it is cute isn't it.

Anne of Green Gardens is the cutest young enthusiastic plant lover I think I have ever meet.  She lives and runs her wonderful business from her home in Davis, CA.  She had the cutest and most delightful terrariums for you to pick up at a fraction of normal costs.  She even had kits so you could put one together yourself.  I got one of these and will be making an indoor terrarium for the first time.  Can't wait to meet her for lunch.

Just an example of one of her fairy pots.  So darling.

There was just so much in the Fiesta Hall.  Vendors selling booths and other's selling vegetables.  So much to see and do.  So this post is just on the Fiesta Hall.  Next we will go into the Expo Hall and see the craziness in there!

Hope you are staying dry and well.  Until next time remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


michaele said...

Fun, fun, fun...even for someone like me just getting to see things via pictures. Had to be such a blast to enjoy it all in person!

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

Thank you Michaele! It was fun!

Chris Rohrer said...

I'd spend too much money at this show. I really like the air plants in the snail shells. Very cool design.

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