I just received notice of this year’s Southern California Spring Garden Show event and wanted to share that information with you. I really enjoyed visiting it with the family last year and will probably try to make it down again this year. Here is a slide show of photos from my 2012 visit.

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Here is the information on this year’s show, direct from their press release.

“The Garden as Art”

WHAT: The 24th Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show, the most highly anticipated garden event on the West Coast, is back at South Coast Plaza from April 25-28, 2013. “The Garden as Art” is this year’s theme featuring display gardens that represent a specific art piece, an artist or a period of art. Attendees will browse The Garden as Art displays created by landscape architects and university horticulture students during the four-day show (images attached).

Guests will also enjoy:
· Over 85 specialty garden lifestyle vendors offering everything from exotic plants to the latest garden accessories
· Competition/display gardens designed by landscape architects and designers
· Seminar and book signings by national garden professionals and authors
· For the kids: garden projects, crafts, storytellers and exotic animal shows
· A 20 foot tall floral centerpiece, inspired by Andy Warhol interpretation of Botticelli’s Venus and designed by Fiesta Floats of Arcadia

MORE: The Speaker Series will feature 30 different seminars with experts sharing topics like “Herbal Gardens for your Pantry,” “Backyard Bees—Keeping Hives Alive,” “Monet’s Gardening & Painting at Giverny” and “Fabulous Fairy Gardens.” A highlight will be the return of gardening expert Pat Welsh speaking on “The Art of the Patio.” For kids, arts and crafts hosted by UCCE master gardeners will include themes such as ladybugs, plant your own flowers and carnivorous plants; interactive storytellers, and nature-oriented demonstrations will be held in a children’s suite on level 3.

Fiesta Floats interpretation of Warhol’s Venus is created with a unique combination of paint and floral materials. Venus’ flowing hair is fashioned with dehydrated safflower, red bell pepper and carrot flakes with accents of gold strawflowers. Golden hybrid Vanda orchids, orange lilies and exotic Opal Parakeet heliconias create the 3-dimensional effect. Walnut shell, cinnamon spice and paprika make up the skin tone and shading while black chive and deep brown flax seeds create the background of the famous painting.

Beneath the artist’s easel, a stack of unfinished canvases featuring ideas “painted” with brilliant hues of roses, gerberas, anthuriums and lilies, accented with contrasting vibrant blooms and floral textures.

WHEN: April 25 – 28, 2013
Thursday, April 25 10am – 9pm
Friday, April 26 10am – 9pm
Saturday, April 27 10am – 8pm
Sunday, April 28 11am – 6:30pm

WHERE: South Coast Plaza’s Crate & Barrel/Macy’s Home Store Wing
3333 Bear Street (All three levels)
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Telephone 800.782.8888 or visit www.SpringGardenShow.com for more information.

Parking, admission, Speakers Series and children’s events are free.

San Diego Freeway (405) at Bristol Street or San Joaquin Corridor (73) at Bear Street

About South Coast Plaza
Renowned as a major global shopping destination, South Coast Plaza is home to more than 250 prominent boutiques, critically-acclaimed restaurants and the adjacent celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Its unparalleled collection of diverse retailers, from Balenciaga, Cartier and Hermès to Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Roger Vivier, J. Crew, Zara and more – along with its customized concierge services, makes it Southern California’s premier shopping experience. South Coast Plaza is located in Orange County, California, in the city of Costa Mesa. Information: www.southcoastplaza.com or 800.782.8888

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