I’m Back!!

Hi, I’m baaaack!


Yep, that’s me standing in the rain

California Spring Trials are over, customers wined and dined,  display materials put back in storage, greenhouses cleaned and we are back to normal. I thought I’d share a bit about what I’ve been doing the past several weeks.  My previous post, “Please Stay Tuned”…, gives a brief description of what my job entails. After months growing flowers and vegetables for this week-long endeavor, it’s finally almost show time. It takes two to three weeks and a small army to pull a California Spring Trials flower show off. I hope you will enjoy the photos I’ve included.

As you know, we’ve gotten a significant amount of rain in California this year. Set up in the rain is always a memorable experience. Here are some photos of my colleagues enjoying the rain and mud.


It’s raining, it’s pouring….

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After we bring in the hardscape (display tables, brick, banners) we arrange the plant material. Setting up displays take a lot of planning, time and energy.


SunPatiens display in process


Zinnia Profusion bed in process

Beds are filled with mulch.


Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to work we go!

And Voila! Instant garden.


Completed Zinnia Profusion bed


Completed SunPatiens display

This is our living wall. I’ve been growing it since December 2016. It’s made of over 1500 Ornamental Cabbage plants. Thirty-three individual panels are connected together and hung on wood framing.


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Here are a few of my favorite photos.

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Please Don’t Eat Me! (Hibiscus)


A very hard working crew member


SunPatiens mixed container

After six months of sowing, growing and showing, it’s time for a cold one


Ahhh, that’s good.

Another awesome thing that happened during CAST was my retirement was officially announced. Now I can shout it from the mountaintops!!! Hurray!! My retirement date is set for December 31, 2017.

2 thoughts on “I’m Back!!

  1. Very cool Laura! You are a lovely writer! Your observations and context are refreshing and entertaining. Next time we get together let’s take our cameras on a hike and have a photo session!


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