by Deb Shaw

Leslie Walker and Janice Sharp give directions during the show hanging.

Leslie Walker and Janice Sharp give directions during the show hanging.

BAGSC Members Janice Sharp, Norma Sarkin, Leslie Walker, Kathy Morgan, and Deb Shaw were on hand to set up the BAGSC show in Ayres Hall at the LA Arboretum today. BAGSC has a corner area in a prime location next to the entrance to Ayres Hall, with member Tania Marien, ArtPlantae in the booth right next door. Perfect!

We have a nice showing with 35 works by 14 BAGSC artists. The display encompasses originals in graphite, ink, watercolor, silverpoint, colored pencil and mixed media, as well as prints, cards, etc. for sale.

Festivities start tonight, Friday evening, May 4 – with tequila cocktails by Nobleza Tequila and wine flights offered by Phantom Rivers Winery, accompanied by appetizers from Claud & Company Catering and the Peacock Café. Not to mention a “Beer for Books” booth, where all proceeds will go toward new books for the Arboretum Library.

Leslie Walker and Norma Sarkin working, while Janice Sharp and Deb Shaw offer helpful advice.

Leslie Walker and Norma Sarkin working, while Janice Sharp and Deb Shaw offer helpful advice.

Also on hand will be live music by the Big Band Theory, a garden sculpture exhibit, “Earth Dreams: Beyond the Sculptural Landscape,” where visitors have an opportunity to meet the eight featured artists.

The show continues on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, with plenty of kids’ activities, live entertainment throughout the day, food trucks, guided tours the gardens, and much more!

There is a fantastic lineup of educational Q&A sessions from top garden experts. These forums feature topics on everything from bee-keeping and backyard chickens, maximizing your edible garden production to drought-friendly ornamental landscaping.

And, of course, there are shopping opportunities! The Marketplace has more than 50 vendors with a full array of garden accessories, and over 25 Plant Vendors & Societies offering unique plants and great information. The Arboretum Gift Shop will be offering special discounts on all merchandise as well. I already have a list of things I “must have” from various vendors, and that was just from looking at a few vendors as they were unpacking to set up.

GROW! will also be the first opportunity to see the newly designed Garden for All Seasons – a demonstration garden of cutting-edge water harvesting techniques and urban homesteading principles.

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