Have you ever been enchanted by a garden landscape but didn’t exactly know why? Understanding basic design principles can help you make common plants come alive and create your own garden masterpieces from scratch. With so many plants and materials to choose from, the possibilities are endless, not to mention overwhelming. I traveled to San Francisco, this time as a lone podcast host, to find the answers to some common design dilemmas, discover emerging trends, and to soak up some vitamin D-rich California rays.
The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is a fabulous springtime destination. Especially after a long, dreary winter hibernation involving garden planning, seed collecting, and homemade soups to warm the soul. While my lovely Nest In Style co-host Teresa O’Connor was holding down her fort in Idaho, I spoke with a number of garden designers, magazine editors and garden geeks about their interpretation of the various garden exhibits and vendors at the show. The Highlights Podcast Show is separated into a two-part series, to avoid bombarding your brain with too many “nuggets” at one time. Part I features: Ivette Soler, Jenny Peterson, Sean Stout, Shirley Bovshow, Elayne Takemoto & Claire Woods of Annie’s Annuals (see Part II below).
Combining textures “tickles” the senses in the garden
Ivette Soler, a Los Angeles based garden designer, whose work has been featured in Garden Design, Metropolitan Home, and Sunset Magazine, talks about one of her favorite obsessions, texture. Many people are drawn to the color of flowers, but Ivette makes a convincing argument about using texture to take your garden experience to a whole new level.
Garden Exhibit: Gold Medal Winner, Re-Generation “The World Without Us” created by The Garden Route Company
Where is Ivette Soler?
Simple color schemes for small space gardens
Jenny Peterson, an Austin-based landscape designer, has a soft spot for jazzy, New Orleans style gardens. The secret to creating a relaxing retreat is in the details. Jenny shares some designer tips to help you avoid creating a “visual assault” when using color and textures in small space gardens.
Garden Exhibit: Salvaged Creole Jazz Courtyard created by The Artist’s Garden, Diefenbach Landscape, Durascape
Where is Jenny Peterson?
Are living walls the “living room” of the future?
The creation is grand, but the idea is simple. Sean Stout, of Organic Mechanics, shares his inspiration for their Living Room garden exhibit and how homeowners can apply his design to their own “living” spaces. Most of us don’t have the time or the talent to create such a living masterpiece, however, Sunset Magazine has a great slide-show on how to Make your own living succulent art.
Garden Exhibit: The Living Room created by Organic Mechanics
Garden products that enhance the outdoor experience
Shirley Bovshow, a well-known garden TV personality, garden designer and creator of Garden World Report, highlights some her favorite products at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Shirley prefers products that are “functional and help us enjoy outdoor living.”
Where is Shirley Bovshow?
- Twitter: @EdenMaker
- Facebook: Shirley Bovshow
- Websites: Garden World Report, Eden Maker’s Blog AND Shirley Bovshow
Two funny women behind Annie’s Annuals
Looking for rare and unusual? Of course you’ll find interesting plants at Annie’s Annuals nursery in Richmond, CA, but finding fun, knowledgeable and witty staff gardeners is a rarity in my experience. Claire Woods and Elayne Takemoto talk about the trends they are seeing at the nursery, dealing with plant killers, a super cool annual called ‘Cerinthe’ (the new blooms look like shrimps!) and Annie’s philosophy behind selling small, green 4″ plants for your garden.
Where is Annie’s Annuals?
- Twitter: @AnniesAnnuals (tweets mostly by Elayne…or her impostor, Claire)
- Facebook: Annie’s Annuals
- Website: Annie’s Annuals
Thanks for tuning into Nest In Style’s San Francisco Garden Show Highlights. Stay tuned for Part II, featuring Sunset Magazine’s Garden Editor, Kathy Brenzel, garden designer Keeyla Meadows, the garden creators of Pulling Up Daisies Tyler Reinhart and Kat Lewis, and an unexpected trip to Sunset magazine’s Menlo Park Campus with Associate Garden Editor, Julie Chai.
In the meantime, go GROW SOMETHING!
Photo Credits: Laura Schaub and Jenny Peterson