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Archive for July, 2011

Barbara Wyeth collection at Williams-Sonoma

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Barbara Wyeth,  of long-time San Francisco member Bloomers is an accomplished photographer of botanical subject matter.

Williams-Sonoma now carries a limited edition collection of Barbara’s striking images featuring gorgeous fresh produce.  Congratulations Barbara!

A Hobbyist’s Obsession

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Jose Cabada is obsessed with bees!

Listening to the 52-year-old businessman talk about them—especially the indigenous, stingless varieties belonging to the melipona genus—it’s hard not to become infected with his enthusiasm.

To learn more about his eco-tourism private reserve in Costa Rica, which utilizes the native bees as remarkable pollinators,  please read more in March 7, 2011 issue of Garden Design.

The “King of Shrubs”

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

This informative article by Daniel DiClerico in the March issue of Garden Design explains the diversity and complexity of  the Rhododendrons genus.

def: Rhododendron (from Ancient Greek rhódon “rose”, and déndron “tree”) is a genus of over 1000 species of woody plants in the heath family, most with showy flowers. It includes the plants known to gardeners as azaeleas.

Queen of the Nile and Manhattan!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Member Loasis, www.loasisfloraldesign.com , was recently featured in the flagship store windows of one-of-a-kind Custom Couture Cleaner Madame Paulette®, www.madamepaulette.com.

This gorgeous and unique  Cleopatra inspired headpiece is a  tribute to Elizabeth Taylor.  Both headpiece and the accompanying 8 feet long train were created for the recent Tulips & Pansies: The Headdress Affair runway show.  The designs include over 500 orchids, fishtail and feathers!

River Rock Rocks !

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Floral designers  sometimes employ a design technique using gravel in clear glass to create a Modern  or Urban style floral arrangement.  We commonly refer to the ingredient used by the generic term “river rock”.

If you have ever been curious about the “river rock” used in your gift, check out this informative article from March 7, 2011 issue of Garden Design,  www.gardendesign.com.

Featured at Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff

JUNE 25, 2011 – OCTOBER 23, 2011

Franz Bischoff (1864–1929) began his career as a china painter in Austria but immigrated to the United States in 1885 and became one of the foremost porcelain painters of his day. He won numerous awards and ultimately earned the title “King of the Rose Painters.” Moving from Dearborn, Michigan, to Southern California in 1906, he began to paint still life as well as landscapes throughout the Western United States, including the coastal areas of Monterey and Laguna Beach, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and desert regions. This exhibition features approximately 40 examples of Bischoff’s work.

For more information please see:   http://crockerartmuseum.org