My friend and I cruised through the displays on the first floor. My favorite was the floral centerpiece created by Fiesta Floats.
The other displays were heavy on furnishings and light on plants, although I noted an effort to include native and California-friendly plants in most of the displays. Each featured a plant list; however, the plants in the exhibits didn't always match the lists, possibly because the displays' creators had difficulty locating their target plants when it came time to put their exhibits together. I tried to find some garden-related idea of interest in each display but wasn't always successful.
|Labeled "Chic Retreat," the furniture in this one didn't look appropriate to an outdoor setting to me but I liked the round pots|
|This one was called "Everlasting Reflections." I liked the modern arbor and the pretty Japanese maples.|
|Entitled "Garden of Zen," the only thing I liked here was the artsy stone path|
|"Living Pleasures" was created as an outdoor dining space, complete with a water feature created using wine bottles. I took the laser-cut space dividers as metal at first but they were made of wood.|
|This is "Mise En Place," another outdoor dining and lounging area. That vertical wall, featuring herbs of various kinds, was well done.|
|Called "Up on the Roof," this one had me wondering how common roof-top or large balcony gardens are in Southern California. Still, I liked the teak chairs shown in the foreground of this photo.|
|"Wings of Spring" featured a cute greenhouse constructed of old windows. There was decorative bird cage containing a fairy garden scene, also constructed around a greenhouse.|
Vendors with garden-oriented goods for sale occupied the top two levels of the mall. I got tired of trying to frame photos around the ever-increasing mass of people in the mall and the generally poor lighting so I took relatively few pictures. Shopping was my main preoccupation there anyway.
|There were plants - including bulbs, succulents, and orchids - for sale, as well as pottery, garden tools and the like|
Other than a Protea bouquet, I bought no plants this year, which is unusual for me. However, I didn't go home empty-handed.
|Left is what was sold as a "starpod." All I could find out was that it's a dried seed pod from South Africa. In the middle is my latest Muradian pot purchase. The poor photo on the right shows a container constructed of a coconut shell and vines.|
While it isn't anything like garden shows presented elsewhere, it was a fun outing and I'll probably go again next year. Apparently, 2019 will mark South Coast Plaza's 30th annual Spring Garden Show. Maybe they'll pull out the stops.
For another review of this year's show, visit Hoover Boo at Piece of Eden.
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