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Badass Bromeliad Society Tour



Bromeliads gone wild

Last weekend we hit up the SF Bromeliad Society’s super rad garden tour AND busted out the good old DSLR for the first time in almost a year. All the tour gardens were AMAZING! Brian Ransom’s garden pictured above and a whole bunch of pics below was my fave of the fab bunch. Anyone who mixes succulents, CA natives and bros rocks.

Brian’s garden

Zoe & Matti getting up close

Brian’s garden

Thunbergia & Tillandsia buddies on the fence

Seriously? How great is this?

Stags and more

The second garden we visited was by Armin Lindegger and Patrick Aaron. Love this vertical combo with the stags.

Babies like gardens!

Zoe was a good little trooper as we (mostly Matti) carried her all over the upper Market Street neighborhood. Check out those beautiful tree ferns in the background!

Anigozanthos love

Anigozanthos love

Hot tub garden

The last garden we visited was Richard Wigen’s. I wish I had a hot tub across from a big pile of awesome potted plants. Check out the trunk on that Aloe plicatilis!

Matti & Zoe hiding in the Senecio cristobalensis on the right

Musschia wollastonii maybe

Musschia wollastonii maybe

Can anyone confirm the ID on this guy about to burst with blooms? Looks like Muschia wollastonii to me.

Pretty path

Pretty path

Kniphofia, Verbena bonariensis, a ginormo Aloe plicatilis plus a bunch of other good stuff makes a gorgeous path. Zoe turned in to a pumpkin by the time the potluck started, so we missed out on the very last garden. It’s great to be back in California, surrounded by crazy awesome gardens filled with plants that most of the country can only grow as annuals or houseplants. Check out this link for all the sweet pics we took during the trip.


  1. Beautiful photos. It was nice to meet you on the tour.
    Cutest little baby ever !

  2. Zoe looks like such a little trouper.
    Enjoyed your photos – there is a strong Hortisexual streak through all of the SF member gardens.
    Sorry you missed our garden (the last one on the tour), we probably have one of the largest outdoor staghorns in the city – and your love of staghorns is well known!
    I was able to do a quick garden walk-through before hungry society members arrived – the proverbial calm before the storm….


    Get in touch if you ever have some free time in the city and want a private tour.

  3. Great post and pictures! Besides the crazy “bro” richness, I’m gasping over that giant monkey-hand tree in the shot with Matti, Zoe, & the Senecio cristobalensis. (I think the latter is now Roldana?) Plus: Guadalupe palm + Aloe plicatilis = two fave tastes together.

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