23rd Annual Spring Garden Show
When you think of garden shows naturally you think of malls, right? It’s such a funny concept, but the Southern California Spring Garden Show is held each year in the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa…the mother of all malls (except for maybe that one in the midwest that I’ve never been to so I really have no concept).
We came in from the Garden Bridge level so it was kind of cool to have our first view of the show to be from so far above (and neat to see our good friend Dustin Gimbel’s beautiful garden from such a high angle)
Here’s Dustin’s garden at ground level. He teamed up with landscape contractor, Laura Dalton and they are trying a new collaboration called Agave Coast. And from the looks of this garden, I think they’re off to a beautiful friendship. I love the use of the rocks to create the illusion of water and the actual water just pouring through the pot is a great magical effect. Tranquil and beautiful (and so convenient that the Apple store was right next door!)
The show is an actual competition and this unusual garden designed by Sarah Robinson was the Winner (Dustin took third). The wooden walkway was especially interesting and it was a clever use of a very small space.
The second place garden done by The Garden Gallery was also quite nice.
I especially loved this stone water table.
Besides the Show Gardens, there were lots of plants vendors. The Pelegorium Society, The Begonia Society, The Epiphyllum Society. And then you could go shopping in Crate & Barrel. It’s crazy.
And of course there were the cool rare plants that I drooled over.
But my only purchase was this very cool Cryptanthus that I wanted to put into a Campo de Fiori bowl I have on my front porch that is a place where only Bromeliads seem to thrive.
I also loved this booth from Tina’s Garden that had lots of little Fairy Garden materials and some really beautiful fairy gardens.
And these ladies made some great hyper tufa pots.
What a fun way they’ve put it together.
All in all I really liked the Southern California Spring Garden Show and will definitely check it out again next year. Wonder how it will compare to the Arboretum Show next weekend? (by the way we’ll have a booth there…you should go!)