Letting Go. Slowing Down. Soaking In.

January 1, 2016
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In December 2014 a flood engulfed my studio and destroyed most of the contents. Was it a sign?

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‘Take a Break!’ it may have said…or at least that is what I chose to hear. It had been Go! Grow! Expand! More! More! More! since I had started Lila B. Design in late 2006. A bit of weariness had set in for me and maybe that ‘voice’ was right?

I took a deep breath, let go of my list of ‘shoulds’, and hit the road.

Thai Garland, Farm, Kokedama, Vietnam

‘Take a Break’ was replaced with ‘Re-discover, unlock curiosity, and create flow.’

In retrospect, it wasn’t a break at all but a re-connection. A re-discovery of what and who I love.

Vero, Bangkok, Macy's
What I found was a heartening. My connection to plants and to family was an ongoing theme in my travels. My work and life didn’t need hard-lined break, it just needed a slight adjustment.

A year after the…

Ephemeral Gardens and Inspiring Workshops

March 18, 2015
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A Spring Filled with Beautiful Workshops!

Starting this week, I’ll be visiting temporary yet magical gardens nestled in the most unlikely places. These jaw-dropping-flower-filled rooms may defy a sense of practicality but they are sure to inspire.

Each day a plethora of talented designers, gardeners, chefs, and floral artists lead classes, demonstrate their skills, and most importantly share their passions with attendees.

These are two lovely events that I look forward to. This year, I’ll be teaching at both; I hope you’ll join me.

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March 19, 12:30 p.m. (THIS WEEK!)
San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
San Mateo, CA

This is ‘the’ place to go if you’re looking to learn about gardening. The convention center is transformed into lush gardens so artfully that may even make you think that you’ve landed in a jungle. Garden Tribe summoned 60 experts to tout their talents. When I’m not attending the wide range of classes (including carnivorous plants, vertical gardens, and sauerkraut) I’ll be on stage…

Join Us. Meet the Neighbors. Get Inspired.

September 11, 2013
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Join us on Sunday, October 13th
10:45am to 4:00pm
2128 Folsom Street, San Francisco, Ca

We’re setting up our own little neighborhood within the Stable Cafe courtyard. Stop by to meet other food, design, and garden folks. Get inspired and glean a few insider tips from local experts.

 

10:45am -11:45 Mimi Arnold from Lila B. hangs with kids to provide a hands on session about how plants and people have a lot in common….

11:30am – 12pm Sara Remington will give you the inside scoop and sign her culinary travelogue with author Ethel Brennan, Paris to Provence:Childhood Memories of Food and France

12:00-12:45 pm The Cheese School of San Francisco will serve up some of their special fondue all while demonstrating how to design a tempting holiday cheese plate. Yum!

1:00-1:30pm Tomato Sushi - What is tomato sushi? Learn more from those who created this magical concept and why it is so beneficial for the world.

1:30-2:00pm The Chai Cart: Attend the demo on the ‘Art of Chai’ and find out the secrets…

Making beautiful statements with living things