by germinatrix | April 7th, 2011
Last year, I did SUCH a fantastic post about the San Francisco Garden Show – yes, the pictures were blurry, but I had a VIDEO and everything!
This year, I got bupkiss. I was doing a lecture on The Edible Front Yard, and I get SO nervous that all I can do is sit around and gossip. If I even LOOK at anything horticultural, my brain begins to spin – “Who do I think I am?” and “Clearly I suck” or “I am going to open my mouth and all that will come out will be a big embarrassing burp”. So I have no pictures of any value. Clearly, your Germinatrix kinda sucks. But my lecture was pretty good!
So instead of pretty pictures, I’d like to take you on a verbal journey of highlights, via this list of my favorite memories of SFGS 2011, in no particular order:
*** Walking through the show with Jenny Nybro Peterson, fab garden designer from my beloved Austin, Tx. But she is more than that – she is an amazing source of bright, loving white light! REALLY!!! Ask anybody who knows her. While we were walking around, I would be going on about stuff in a critical manner – but Jenny illuminated the show! She looked at every display for “take-aways”, things she could learn and glean even if the display wasn’t totally on point. I was stunned. Who IS this positive, open creature and how did she walk into my dark realm? I started looking for take-aways, too – and by the end of the show I was wearing pastel pink. Yes. Her power is THAT strong! (and I look GREAT in pink!)
*** Rich Radford. Swoon. Last year, this designer won the gold medal with his post-apocalyptic garden (which I loved). He also won the hearts of every woman (and many men) who gazed into his deeply warm, chocolatey brown eyes. And he has a South African accent. Last year, I shamelessly trotted after him like a puppy dog. This year, I was more composed; adult – I played it cool. As a result, he stopped to talk to me in the press room and winked when he left. I almost swallowed my tongue.
*** A sprited conversation with Amy Stewart (awesome authoress who writes the books I wish I could write) and Steve Aitken (EOC of Fine Gardening, who has a super dry sense of humor and made me laugh way too loudly) at the writer’s dinner . The topic was “Do garden shows do their public a disservice by being too fanciful?” I, of course, took both sides of the argument – which is my clever strategy for always coming out on top. Amy was on to me from the get go. We all got nice and animated and drank lots of sangria, and I forgot all the smart, witty things I’d WANTED to say and just ended up saying “YOU know… I mean, right? You know what I mean, right Steve?” I don’t think I’ll be getting any writing jobs from Fine Gardening anytime soon…
*** Sitting next to Laura Livengood Schaub the day of my talk. I was on my computer, trying to settle myself and remind myself of all of the pithy phrases I wanted to casually toss off, and Laura was sitting next to me, doing her important Laura things. There was such a feeling of warmth and comfort coming from her, I couldn’t help but be happy. That woman is like a snifter of really delicious brandy – tasty, soothing, lovely. One always wants more!
*** Rebecca Sweet‘s party – which I didn’t stay at long enough! It was a fabulous blend of fun garden folk, with special martinis made just for me by the wonderful Tom (Rebecca’s super great husband), who even made me an extra martini when the one I was drinking mysteriously went flying across the room and smashed on the floor. I SWEAR it wasn’t ME! I also won the door prize, and I NEVER win anything!!! I also decided that I was going to move to Richmond, CA to be closer to Annie’s Annuals and my new friend Maureen Decombe. AND Elayne Takemoto (the voice of Annie’s) and I decided we are related somehow.
*** Laughing my BUTT off any time Susan Morrison said anything. That woman is so witty and awesome and sly – she can literally just look at me and I will erupt into laughter. She also approved of my use of the term “Cock-blocked” (it happened to be the ONLY way to describe the situation in question!), which of course makes her my friend for life.
*** The poised, elegant Debra Lee Baldwin almost running over Steve Aitkin’s foot with her rental car. And she was STILL graceful while doing it! Amazing!
*** Farmer Ben (watch the video!). Sorry, Rich Radford – The Germinatrix is flighty; her heart can never belong to one man.
*** Standing at the podium, taking a breath before I started my talk, and seeing my beloved blogfriends sitting together in one big, supportive group. Those beautiful faces. You know who you are! I had to swallow a knot in my throat, took another breath, and then lectured away!
Thank you all for making SFGS a show to remember – even without pictures!
XOXO Your Germinatrix
ps – okay YES this is a very name-droppy post, but it sort of HAD to be! Don’t roll your eyes at me!!!