Ephemeral Gardens and Inspiring Workshops

March 18, 2015
Posted by in Classes

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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.


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…

Insider Tips from The Plant Recipe Book: Aloe

October 5, 2014
Posted by in how to

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Itchin’ to create a living arrangement but don’t know where to start?

Pair this info with The Plant Recipe Book and you’ll be whipping up some real live beauty in no time at all.


Stay tuned..more posts filled with insider tips, substitution ideas, and online plant finder resources will follow. We’re here to make it easy for YOU to make beautiful statements with living things…




Let’s start with an easy one: Aloe Recipe 1.

















The things I like best about this arrangement are – the plant and the vase mimic each other, it is super easy to make, it lasts a long long time, and it uses a non traditional vessel.

This recipe calls for 3 things: Aloe aristata, Lace Lichen, and a votive.

Let’s gather the items! Once that’s done, it takes only minutes to assemble.

The Vase:
Here’s a similar votive from CB2 or another one from Bliss.

The Plants: The plants can usually be found…

I Love a Good Smoke Tree

August 10, 2014

You may know that Smoke Tree (Cotinus) has wooed me for years  – and the plumes – well, they almost make my knees buckle. But this one was getting too big for its britches and was blocking a sweet view. So I had to do the only noble thing. Snip Snip, Snip, and snip again.

As the stems fell to the ground my almost eyes teary eyes instead began to twinkle.  I had a goldmine. Or at least a fun hour ahead.

What else in the garden ‘needed’ some pruning? I had to find out.

Was this all a grand scheme only to create a floral arrangement or two?


but it made for one satisfied client (otherwise known as my obliging parents) as the unruly tree had been ruled. Their child (me, yes actually, an adult) was appeased and quite entertained.  And their living room botanically adorned.
That makes for a happy family.



Making beautiful statements with living things