Get your garden ready for spring at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show starting this Wednesday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 27th. This year, the event explores the theme “Life in the California Garden” with a special focus on greener living through vegetable gardening, local vegetation, and the scrumptious local food products that epitomize California culture.
Months of preparation go into the creation of San Francisco’s largest, world-class Flower & Garden expo. From the 1,200 cubic yards of sawdust and mulch put down for the gardens, to the days of cultivation and creativity each gardener puts into their works of art, no detail is overlooked in preparation for the anticipated 50,000 guests.
This year, Outdora is proud to partner with Sonoma landscape architect, Regina Rollins. She started her landscape architecture and design firm, Rollin Design, in 2003, but her love of gardening, design and the California landscape bloomed much earlier.
Regina’s mother was an interior designer, so from an early age she had an education and an eye for design. In school, she studied art history, but developed a growing interest in botany, reading all the books on plants she could get her hands on. Later her interest in botany and design blossomed into a career. Her continued studies in landscape architecture and plant nursery production, lead her to work under the tutelage of Sonoma’s well-known landscape designer, Nancy Driscoll.
Today, Regina has worked on her own for over five years through the Bay Area. This is Regina’s second year exhibiting a garden creation and she notes that the contrast between her creation last year and this year’s garden couldn’t be greater. In 2010, Regina constructed “No Place Like Home” a study in the contrast between rural country life and the sleek steel design of modern cities. Many of the plants she used were lush, flowering exotics from across the globe and the color contrast was high with a vivid palette of orange and white.
For the 2011 SF Flower & Garden Show, Regina decided to stay local, returning back to her roots. She grew up in beach towns along the California coasts and spent many family vacations exploring Mexico’s pristine beaches. Her garden installation titled “California Dreaming – Beach Retreat with a Soul” incorporates these memories with what she calls the “gnarly chic” of modern California’s organic beach nonchalance.
Using all natural and recycled materials to make sure her homegrown beach house leaves a light eco-foot print in the sand, her restrained palette incorporates the colors of a tranquil ocean. The stars of her exhibit, the foliage, can be found growing along the Pacific Coast where they play hosts to a wide eco-system of animal life, including native honeybees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
A Sonoma native, Regina constantly seeks to support and work with other local business. After noticing Outdora’s window displays while cruising the Sonoma plaza, she knew they would be the perfect fit for her beach retreat. Her garden design showcases a Lynx Grill, Earthmaker Composter, and an outdoor shower all provided by Outdora to create her “California Dreaming” concept. Her outdoor living space offers everything you need to experience California’s spectacular wilderness, whether rinsing off after a day of gardening or bedding down for a restful slumber under the stars. Her months of work and partnerships with local businesses paid off this year. Tuesday, her installation “California Dreaming – Beach Retreat with a Soul” was awarded a gold medal by show judges.
The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show takes place at the San Mateo Event Center, only 25 minutes from San Francisco. Show hours are 10am to 7pm, March 23rd through March 26th and 10am to 6pm March 27th. Tickets are available for purchase online as well as at select Bay Area nurseries and garden centers. Count yourself among attendees and feast your eyes on an array of garden products, world-renowned presenters, cooking demonstrations and twenty breath-taking garden installations at this year’s San Francisco Flower & Garden Show.