The Colors of Sunshine

April 25, 2012

All grown in our very own {parking} Lot Garden in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood.

Want to brighten up your event with city grown flowers? With a little advanced planning, we’d be happy sprout blooms just for you. Does that warm you up? Sure does me…

Photos by our very own Lot Garden maven, and talented photographer: Sophie de Lignerolles

Favorites from the Lot Garden: The Smoke Tree or Cotinus Coggygria

April 28, 2010
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Why we love it: The plumes of this plant make a sublime and elegant statement- providing incredibly smokey focal pieces in floral arrangements, while the leaves make perfect boutonniere backings.

You may not know: The root and the stem of this magical plant were traditionally cultivated for a vibrant yellow-orange dye.

What makes it ideal for the lot garden: This plant is not only beautiful… but very hardy.  It is quite happy in a large pot and made cheerful by a trim now and again.   The chartreuse variety stays vibrant and green, providing shade throughout the summer.

Tips for growing your own: Don’t add too much water and be sure there is fast drainage.  Watering can be infrequent and direct sun can be minimal.

On the Tables of Saison: Bountiful-Local

February 1, 2010
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If you were to wander to the side of Stable Cafe, just past a shipping container topped with a garden grown by yours truly, you will find Saison.  Saison (French for season) is a reservations-only restaurant that opens its doors on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

 evenings to serve the locally sourced menu of Executive Chef Joshua Skenes with the discerning and cultivated wine pairings of Sommelier Mark Bright. The feel is secret supper club meets informed elegance.  The experience is one of both intimacy and invitation: the tables are small and candle-lit while the kitchen is open and guests can be a part of the culinary magic with wine in hand.

Making beautiful statements with living things