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Meet us in San Francisco for the Garden Show!

March 15, 2013

Next week you’ll have a chance to meet me (Robin) at the San Francisco Garden Show where I’ll be speaking on Thursday, March 21st at 1:15pm. My subject: Mayhem, Murder & Must-Nots: Ten Top Maintenance Mistakes and How Not to Make Them. In this seminar, I’ll cover some of the most common problems I see new and even veteran gardeners make. And, these are problems I see everywhere I go — not just in Seattle! To go along with my seminar, Fiskars (for whom I am a paid writer) has donated a number of fantastic tools, which I will be giving away randomly during my talk. I hand-selected tools to match the “how not to make mistakes” part of my presentation. So, not only will you have a great chance to learn during my seminar, but you might just win a tool to help you garden better!

Pruning Evergreen Groundcovers

Timing is Everything when it Comes to Pruning!

Heading to the Bay Area is, in many ways, a homecoming for me. Although I live in Seattle now, I lived and gardened in the SF Bay Area (and further outlying communities) for many years, during many phases of my life. As I think of this trip, that old song “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” keeps playing in my mind.

As a child, I grew up in a rural community north of they bay. There, just outside the little town, our family raised a huge veggie garden, had a small orchard. I kept bunnies, goats, dogs and even a few ponies. When my chores were done, I would either throw a bridle on my pony and hop on bareback to ride into town to meet friends and ride around with a pack of dogs in tow, or I’d fill up a wheelbarrow with extra veggies and try to peddle them for candy money in front of the local liquor store. Yeah, there wasn’t a whole lot to do in that one cow town, but we made the most of it.

Flowers in Golden Gate Park

A Gorgeous Sight in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

Later in life, after college, I moved back to Northern California. This time, I opted to live closer to Berkeley. There we were blessed to rent a small, older home with an amazing, mature lemon tree in the garden. Today I still miss sitting under that tree in late winter/early spring and inhaling the fragrance of the blossoms while watching bees buzzing all over the place. Yep, I was probably sipping a lemony drink at the same time. Truly, it was lovely.

I could go on and on about my love of the Bay Area. Instead, I better refocus on polishing up my presentation!

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