It's 7 am and I'm leaving Los Angeles, heading back to Sacramento. The Cal State Home and Garden Show opens tomorrow at noon. I've never been a vendor before, and this booth and my presence is being thrown together! Sherry Larson, owner of the show, has a spot for me if I want it. I want it! Sherry has been so encouraging and supportive of me (and, of course, totally willing to throw me in over my head!). While this is my first vendor outing, I've done display gardens at her last two Cal State Flower, Food and Garden Shows at Cal Expo. This should be easy, compared to those undertakings!
After a hot drive up the 5, I stop in at Cornflower Farms in Elk Grove to pick up plants for my booth. I spot this beautiful maiden grass, load up my car and my friend, Jenn (The Vegetable Garden Coach)'s, truck and head for the Sacramento Convention Center.
The Show - we all agree the show is slow, competing events, attendance is down, it's not bustling, but there are many, many good things. Farmer Fred does 3 killer workshops (he's the only one I hear cuz he's just around the corner from me). I discover 3 vendors that I think my clients will love and I meet some great people who I think will be great clients!
The Plants (all provided by Cornflower Farms, super source for CA natives and drought tolerant plants. Visit them on their open public 2nd Saturdays in October and November, and at the California Native Plant Society sale at McKinley Park, September 24th and 25th from 9 - 3)
- Panicum virgatum 'Haense Herns'
Red Switch Grass
U.S. Native grass
full sun to light shade
any amount of water
- Scabiosus 'Butterfly Blue'
- Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues' Little Bluestem 2 - 4 'tall x 1-2' wide U.S. Native reg water, sun
- Salvia clevelandii 'Allen Chickering
Allen Chickering Sage
3 - 5 ' tall x 5 - 8'
- Populus fremontii
Cottonwood, CA Poplar (same species as Quaking Aspen)
Sunset Western Garden says, get yourself a male Poplar, if you don't want to be dispensing the cottony seeds all over your neighborhood (ahem)
- Rhamnus californica
CA Coffee Berry
4-8' tall x same
Evergreen, upright growth habit, birds love its berries
- Miscanthus sinensis 'Arabesque'
Arabesque Maiden Grass
- Miscanthus transmorrisorensis
Evergreen Maiden Grass
2.5 - 3.5'tall x 3=4' wide, 5-7' tall with blooms
- Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence
2 x 3
- Penstemon x gloxinioidies 'Firebird'
Border Penstemon/Bearded Tongue
- Agastache barberi 'Tutti Fruitti'
- Bulbine frutisens 'Yellow Form"
little to regular water
South Aftrican Native
Full sun to part shade
10-20" x 3'
- Erigeron karvinskianus
Santa Barbara Daisy
great evergreen groundcover, blooms year-round
- Achilea 'Salmon Beauty'
- Rosemarinus offinialis 'Mozart'
Dwarf Mozart Rsemary
- Lupinus albifrons
Silver Bush Lupine
Evergreen (ever gray-green?) with pretty blue spikes in the spring.
Other Vendors - I was particularly interested in ... MiJardin, here's their window-box like planter filled with my plants,
All great products at reasonable prices. I'll certainly be recommending them to my friends and clients.