Meet Kathryn England. Born in Hawaii, she was raised near San Francisco during the era of Flower Power- the 1960's. If this did not infuse her senses full of color- she lived for two years in El Salvador before studying art and art history in London. Prior to becoming an influential member of the Fullerton art movement Kathryn traveled throughout Europe, the Far East and much of Central America.
Her pots, hearts, globes and benches- some at the show were by her student's Sue and Nancy- these are the ultimate in low water, low maintenance color for the garden. A generous person, Nancy not only creates- she teaches others. Sign up for a class or workshop at her studio here and maybe we will run into each other.
Back in Fullerton, not only does Nancy operate a studio and teach classes- she's a mover and shaker behind "All The Arts for All the Kids Foundation." The City displays these 5 foot tall mosaic hearts in the downtown area- then they are sold to private collectors to raise money for the arts program. Click here to learn more.
Anyone who thought planting pockets were a passing phase- think again. At the show, this display added charm no painted masterpiece could have. A simple wash of of green ivy is encrusted with the long-lasting warm colors of kalanchoe- nature may reign inside as well as out.
Color is in vogue. This display at the Epiphyllum Society of America called to me.
Particularly this bloom of 'Great Waltz'.
It took all my will power to not bring home this mature pink 'Giant Empress' specimen at the show courtesy of Marcel's Orchids and Succulents. Soon.
Speaking of orchids- they were everywhere, in full and glorious bloom.
I wish I lived in Orange County so I could get to know their master gardener Robin Russel better. Oh, the stories about bunnies we shared during our al-too brief visit. LOOK at that Apron- she embroidered the flowers and garden tools whilst her husband drove on road trips.
Bonsai. The ultimate reduce, reuse and recycle of living art. Exhibitor Paul Minerich described this bougainvillea was a substandard performer in his established garden for 35 to 40 years. He axed it out. Put it in this gorgeous antique pot he believes his father-in- law brought back from Japan. His hint to those of us always on the hunt for GOOD pots- seek out bonsai shows and demonstrations at our public gardens, like this one upcoming at the LA County Arboretum.
What brings the outside beauty of nature in more convincingly than bold over-sized bouquets? If you are ready to break down and purchase the US made stacked vase sets by the Horticultural Institute of Southern California- don't wait for the next fair or garden show. Order here.
Next up will be selected scenes from the Fullerton Open Gardens Day.
"All The Arts for All the Kids Foundation" Image is from the non-profit site.