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Sunset Celebration Weekend

June 25, 2011 by Matti | 7 Comments

Gaillardia

Gaillardia

Hard to believe that it’s been 3 weeks since Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend.  Lots o great plants, projects and food.  One of the star plants we loved was this Gaillardia (pictured above) aka the Blanket Flower…drought tolerant perennial from the Sunflower Family.

Succulent Table in the Test Garden

Succulent Table in the Test Garden

Our DIY Succulent Pallet Table made a hit in the Test Garden.  It hit the SF Chronicle and a bird tells me maybe coming out soon in a magazine.  Made from two old shipping pallets and a couple of old table legs scavenged for cheap at a garage sale, it has a mega succulent planting down the middle.

Succulent Garden's wall of goodness

Succulent Garden's wall of goodness

Succulent Design Genius, Robin Stockwell and his crew from Succulent Gardens always put together a dazzling display…this year was no different with their vertically planted gazebo.

Johanna Silver...

Johanna Silver...

We were happy to catch Johanna Silver speaking on Self Watering Containers.  As the Test Garden Guru, Johanna regular tries out techniques to make your plants grow.  We love her quick, down and dirty approach turning any project into something assessable.

Lavender & Nasturtiums

Lavender & Nasturtiums

The Nasturtiums and Lavender were freaking out with that hot spring heat down in Menlo Park.

Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Oranges & Lemons'

Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Oranges & Lemons'

Dig gardens booth

Dig gardens booth

We had the chance to talk with Laura Schaub from Dig Gardens.  Many uses of plants including these giant balls of succulents.  Her display area was gorgeous…love all the reclaimed lumber and other rustic objects.

Dog house

Dog house

This is the one that blew me away.  I thought at first it was just a raise planting bed.  But after wiping the drool from my mouth, I realized there was more…check it out…they’re dog houses.   Sustainable Pet Design builds these babies.  Great work on rethinking beds both for plants and the pooch.

Can wait for next year’s Celebration Weekend…  Hey, you can keep the party rolling and see last year’s fun.

– Far Out Flora

March 31, 2011
by Megan
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Last Garden Show Post…I Swear

The SF Garden Show in San Mateo ended this past weekend. The kid’s Sproutopia rocked, and the pro were on their game. We wanted to point out a couple that caught our eye. Star Apple Edible Garden brought the garden … Continue reading

June 6, 2010
by Megan
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Celebrating Sunset's Test Garden

We had an awesome time at Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park. The test garden was our favorite part, but we’re a little biased. Test garden coordinator Johanna Silver spent two semesters of Saturday mornings  taking Plant ID through … Continue reading