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2014 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show to be held mid-March

12 Feb 2014 5:01 PM
2014 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show to be held mid-March

In addition to providing winemakers with the optimal conditions to grow many different kinds of grapes, the favorable weather patterns and picturesque scenery commonly found within California are conducive to propagating exquisite flowers and plants. One of the Golden State's regions most known for its manicured gardens is the Bay Area. Accordingly, San Francisco has long played host to a number of social occasions with a special focus on beautiful floral displays and cutting edge cultivation technologies.

That tradition will continue this year, as the 2014 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is slated to be held from Wednesday, March 19 to Sunday, March 23 at the San Mateo Event Center. The annual event has continually drawn the attention of gardeners from the City by the Bay, as well as faraway states and countries. 

If you currently live in San Francisco and consider yourself to have an exceptionally green thumb, you would be remiss to pass on your chance to attend this event, as it is sure to be an affair to remember. 

Flowers from California growers to be spotlighted
Although a variety of attractions are planned for the show, its most anxiously anticipated are the stylish and intricate gardens that house exotic species of flowering plants. These displays are carefully constructed, and feature high-tech implements that are sure to amaze. As in past years, the show's organizers will see to it that each garden is carefully designed with natural elements and accented by a sophisticated combination of lighting.

In fact, it is expected that approximately 1,200 cubic yards of sawdust and mulch will be used for the gardens, as well as 280,000 pounds of rock. The featured flowers and plants are brought from a multitude of areas up and down the West Coast, and more than 300 theatrical lighting instruments will serve to highlight each organism's subtleties.

This year's show places an emphasis on growers based in California, as they are regularly tasked with meeting the strictest growing standards in the world, and still manage to produce some of the world's most elegant blooms. Additionally, in an effort to offer show goers adequate opportunity to learn more about growing fresh produce for beauty as well as for healthy food, a special focus will be placed on edible plants, as well as fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables.

Respected vendors to populate show's marketplace
While some San Francisco residents may be content to attend the event and simply view the breath taking flowers, those who want to bring some of that beauty into their own homes - and greenhouse - will be given the chance to do so. During the five-day event, hundreds of vendors that were hand-picked but the show's organizers will present thousands of products that can enhance both individuals' gardens and lives.

More than 250 exhibitors who specialize in garden and floral design, as well as outdoor living, will sell plants, high-tech gadgets, outdoor furnishings and accessories. Whether you're an accomplished gardener or are just starting to appreciate your green thumb, you can benefit from the wealth of knowledge provided by the show's featured vendors. 

Show to offer myriad of informative seminars, workshops
Those amateur botanists interested in exercising their green thumbs during the multi-day event will have ample opportunities to do so. In addition to visually stunning exhibitions, this year's show will provide attendees the chance to sit in on informative seminars and participate in a number of hands-on workshops led by accomplished professionals. 

During each featured seminar, event ticket holders will be offered the ability to attend a series of free seminars and demonstrations, which aim to inspire individuals to turn their personal garden dreams into realities. 

Photobotanic workshops detailing strategies for capturing images of flowers will be hosted by Saxon Holt and Dave Perry, while Françoise Weeks will lead two workshops regarding floral design, including one that focuses on urban woodlands and another about botanical haute couture.

Tickets to main event, special workshops available
Individuals of all ages are invited to attend this event. One-day tickets can be purchased for $16 before March 10, then for $20. Those looking to attend more than one day of this event can buy an all shows pass for $30 and enjoy admission to all five days. Groups of 20 or more can purchase individual tickets for $15. Children under the age of 16 can enjoy free entry  each day. 

Tickets to the special workshops range in price. Attendees looking to partake in photobotanic sessions will be charged $25, while those planning on participating in floral design workshops will pay $275 per person. Tickets can be bought online through the official event website, or at a multitude of local retailers. For more information, call 415-684-7278 or email tickets@sfgardenshow.com.