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Practical to Fantastical, Ideas for Gardeners at San Francisco's Landscape Show

Magazine article Sunset

Practical to Fantastical, Ideas for Gardeners at San Francisco's Landscape Show

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Practical to fantastical, ideas for gardeners at San Francisco's landscape show

Gardens to inspire both novice and experienced horticulturists are part of the third annual San Francisco Landscape Garden Show. This year's event, April 13 through 17 at Fort Mason Center's Pier 3, features 25 designs, with particular emphasis on small-space gardening.

Using large plants and an extensive assortment of construction materials, local landscape professionals create an extraordinary array of practical and fantasy gardens, all installed in an enclosed building overlooking the bay. Educational as well as entertaining, the show offers a host of garden ideas visitors can transplant to their own gardens.

Look for an exhibition of drawings by American and English landscape designers Beatrix Farrand and Gertrude Jekyll. Landscape architecture professor Michael Laurie is setting up this exhibit, on loan from UC Berkeley.

Other attractions include 40 children's miniature gardens, the result of a citywide competition for third- through sixth-graders; talks and demonstrations by garden experts; a garden doctor to answer questions about plants; exhibits by horticultural organizations and commercial growers; and a Garden Marketplace, selling tools and other garden wares. …

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