|CL Fornari "gets it". Landscapes nourish body, mind, heart and soul.|
"Many of us see a gardening revival going on. Maybe it's a response to our oh-so-digital world where we are all connected and working all the time. Or maybe it's a reaction to the fact that there aren't many places where we can be in touch with the natural world on a frequent basis. It could be that we're all longing for simpler times...I don't know. But I do know that there's a new 'back to the land' thing going on. People want to create healthy, restorative environments. They long for safe, flavorful food. And they want to be creative inside and outside. All of this adds up to people of all ages putting hands in the dirt."
|Strawberries with flowers displayed together at event.|
|For the event, a series of low-water lush plantings was assembled|
When the invitation announced the open house would feature two bright stars in the plant galaxy, men who believe in can-do attitude, Anthony Tesselaar and Nicholas Stadddon.... I could barely contain the anticipation...
|Suzie Weist and Nicholas Staddon happily announced prize winners|
Libations flowed to a full Italian lunch served by Carolina's Italian Restaurant . Before the program, seated at umbrella shaded tables, over 100 guests traded stories of an industry on the upswing.
|The Reigning Queen of Succulents, surrounded by her subjects. Image by Josh Endres .|
Next up- Notes for the talk by Anthony Tesselaar, the man responsible for low maintenance roses which will thrive in hellstrips.
Until we meet again, Thank You for all YOU do to make the world more beautiful
* A special thanks to Garden Design Magazine for allowing us to share the last 2 images in this post.