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Salvaged Creole Jazz Courtyard Coolness


We’re still talking about the SF Garden Show. The people’s choice garden Salvaged Creole Jazz Courtyard rocked recycled musical instruments, alligator heads, salvaged wood and tons of succulents. Designer Dawn Engel combined pitcher plants AND staghorn ferns in hanging baskets! Dawn is awesome. Here are the pics:


  1. Hi Matti! I’m hooked – thanks to you! Haha!

  2. Dawn Engels garden was a study in pure artistry.
    She crafted a finely detailed vignette that took every single detail into account.
    A beautiful soulful theme, fantastic horticultural pairings and a delightful hardscape that
    blended whimsy and functionality together.
    She had my vote for the best garden in the show.
    I would have loved to have seen her garner the Golden Gate Cup.

    Michelle in Marin

  3. This one was my favorite too, by a mile.

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  5. Awww shucks :)….Thank you all for the compliments. This was the most FUN I’ve had in my life. I’m so glad I shook off my (first-timer’s) fear and put a garden up in the show!

    • I knew your garden would be my favorite from the first pic of the fountain of alligators (we even have a post dedicated to Senecio rowleyanus) :) Didn’t even have to see it in person. Then you combined carnivorous plants and staghorns!!!! Matti and I LOVED your garden. Thanks so much for giving it a shot and all your hard work! You better be there next year.

  6. This was my favorite garden at the show. I’m still talking about it! And when I wanted to show pics to my friends at work, I pointed them to your site. Your photos are much better than mine. Thanks!

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