Flower and Garden show held in San Mateo

March 18, 2009 7:40:51 PM PDT
The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show opens today, but this year it's being held in San Mateo, instead of the Cow Palace.

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There is a wow factor everywhere at the San Francisco flower and garden show -- 25 gardens for every size and budget and impressive displays to create an environment.

"It really is an art museum with the gardens. Instead of paintings or sculptures, we have these gardens that are works of art," said the owner of the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show Duane Kelly.

The show is in the San Mateo Event Center for the first time, and advance sales are up.

There is emphasis on container gardens, no needs to plant in the ground.

"I think this is the way to go because a lot of people are doing gardens in small spaces so you can make a nice transition from the house," said Berkeley garden designer Keelya Meadows.

The theme is sustainability and it shows here in a low tech, low cost and high biology exhibit.

"Friendly to the environment, not damaging or poisoning, in fact improving the environment," said Alane Weber from San Mateo County Recyclewors.

"I'm a designer who thinks of this as a room. So what do I want to do outside," said New York garden designer Rebecca Cole.

Like an accessory.

Sure these are designs by professionals but they are inspiring to try the same thing at home

This show has been around for 24 years. Kelly wanted to retire and he announced it would close if he didn't get a buyer. Now it looks like he's found one.

"So it looks very promising that the shows have a life beyond my involvement," said Kelly.

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