San Francisco Flower & Garden Show ready to bloom

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show ready to bloom
Date Published: March 11, 2005
The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, now in its 20th year, is set for March 16-20 at the Cow Palace. Attendees will find six acres of plant and flower-covered areas, hundreds of eye-catching exhibits, dozens of educational seminars, a bonsai show,

If you have not gone to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, you need to realize that this is not just another home and garden show. This is a world-class flower and garden show, to be compared with other world-class shows in London, Philadelphia, Boston and Seattle. The show runs from Wednesday, March 16 to Sunday, March 20 at the Cow Palace in Daly City.
This show is popular with garden enthusiasts such as my wife for a number of reasons. First, to get some good ideas for their own garden at home, the garden enthusiast will head for the main attraction of the show, the 23 fully landscaped display gardens covering six acres. This is a judged garden design competition with world-class judges.
What is fun in the past has been listening to the comments of those who garden looking at the display gardens. Some of the comments are insightful, especially when they notice that a plant that requires shade is next a plant that requires full sun.
What is also fun is seeing how the garden designers use the different plant material, especially if the designer wants flowering plants. Remember, not a lot of plants are flowering this time of the year. So the garden designer has to find a grower who will "force" the plants to bloom.
At each display garden, a printed list of plant material used in the garden is available.
Next, garden enthusiasts like to hear speakers discuss various aspects of gardening. The show offers a wide variety of free seminars to hear expert advice on the season's newest gardening trends and horticultural delights.
Day and evening seminars are offered throughout the show with a great weekday, weekend and evening lineup of international, national and local gardening experts.
Finally, more than 360 commercial vendors sell plants and garden related items in the Marketplace, which has been referred to as "a candy store for plantaholics."
Getting some of her favorite the plant nurseries together in one location is convenient for my wife, who usually finds more "got-to-have" plants that she needs. Also, there is a plant check-in booth so she does not have to carry around her purchases.
If you are planning a first-time visit to the show, my wife recommends comfortable shoes, bring some water and a bag lunch and most important, give yourself plenty of time to see the show, perhaps a much as five hours. Also, sit down and rest by listening to an interesting speaker.
Once you have gone to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, you will see why people return each year to see the display gardens, to hear the speakers and to shop in the Marketplace and why this is considered a world-class show.
The sold-out Donner Garden of Auburn coach bus will be going to the show on Thursday, March 17, and many of those on the bus will want to hear Robert Gordon, president of the California Garden Clubs Inc., speak on current floral design techniques at 11 a.m.
The Sacramento Perennial Plant Club's two buses mentioned last week are also sold-out.
For a list of speakers and complete information about the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show visit their Web site at or call (800) 829 9751.