|This one was entitled "Contemporary Cultivation." I liked the raised planter and the arbor with hanging plants.|
|This is "Steel Magnolia." I liked the fence with slats of variable lengths, something I tried and failed to talk my husband into building for me in our garden. I also liked the chunky picnic table and benches.|
|I liked "Timeless Modern's" use of a repetitive planting scheme (something I seem incapable of) and their lighted fountain.|
|This is "Vintage Revival." I apologize for the especially poor lighting here - mall interiors aren't easy to photograph with a point-and-click camera. (Hoover Boo of Piece of Eden posted better photos of the exhibits in her take on the show.)|
|This is "Innovating the Present with the Past." The aviary in the corner contained a half dozen or so finches, who appeared to be terrified of their surroundings - they were huddled together at the top of the enclosure and utterly silent.|
|Dustin Gimbel's pots were my favorite part of the "City.Sky.Garden" display, although I admit I was also impressed by the very professional outdoor grill (even if I don't cook).|
|"Live, Work, Play California Style" was stream-lined and inoffensive. I liked the black bar.|
|I think the exhibitors threw their "Modern Moroccan" display together without much thought. The only natural element was a border of asparagus ferns. But I liked the multi-faced end table.|
Even the center display, which in the past was created by some of the people responsible for the new year's rose parade floats, fell a bit flat.
|The ladies were decorated in flowers and their furry companions were covered in grass. For some reason I didn't attempt to ascertain, there were 2 psychedelic-colored plastic hippos on the other side of the display.|
So, did I attend the show to see the exhibits? No. I attended to check out the vendors. A couple of years ago, the show hosts drastically reduced the number of vendors but they invited more back last year and still more this year. As my camera battery died mid-way through my rounds of the display gardens, forcing me to resort to my phone's camera, I didn't take a lot of photos of the vendor displays, especially as the shopping crowd steadily increased around lunch time, but I do have a few photos to share.
|Bonsai, exhibited by Orange Empire Bonsai Society|
|Japanese maples, sold by Essence of the Tree|
|Decorative items offered by Molly Wood Designs|
|Muradian Pottery and a large number of succulent nurseries|
|Gorgeous flowers offered by Rainbow Valley Protea. This area was jammed on the 2 occasions in which I walked by. When I downloaded my photos, I saw a sign I'd missed advertising Protea bouquets for $10. I wish I'd bought one!|
I spent all of 90 minutes at this year's show. My trips to and from it took over an hour each way. So, will I go next year? Probably, as long as the sponsors continue to invite a varied selection of vendors. However, next time I'll probably start with the vendors and zip through the displays if I've sufficient time before the crowd gets too deep. This time, between my camera problems and the crowd, my patience was exhausted early. I came home with just 2 plants.
|I picked up Leucospermum 'High Gold' (already in bloom!) and Geranium 'Anne Folkard'. The latter is already taking a beating by our relentless Santa Ana winds. I haven't found a proper spot for either yet.|
All material © 2012-2017 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party