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by Lori Vreeke/Deb Shaw

New BAGSC member Lori Vreeke went to the “Grow! A Garden Festival at the LA Arboretum today, met Leslie Walker, Estelle De Ridder and Janice Sharp and took some great pictures. See them on her blog.

Welcome Lori!

by Janice Sharp (from her iPhone), posted by Deb Shaw

More than 1,300 people attended the Friday night opening of “Grow! A Garden Festival” at the LA Arboretum.  Food, wine, music and wonderful evening.  Lots of plants, and outdoor decor, not to mention beautiful art at the BAGSC booth. Looks like it will be a great weekend. Get out and join us!

Goodnight for now, but see you there this weekend!

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.

by Deb Shaw

BAGSC members will be exhibiting in a non-juried show at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden for “GROW! A Garden Festival” on May 4, 5 and 6, 2012. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to show and/or sell your work, whether you’re a new member or a founding member!

Call for Entry packets were emailed out to all members in February; a reminder email packet will be emailed along with the posting of this blog reminder. Entry forms and a check for $35.00 per person must be sent to Janice Sharp by April 18th. Artwork must be delivered to a designated BAGSC show committee member before May 4th, or directly to the Arboretum on May 4th. Details will be sent out to participants.

Janice Sharp and Norma Sarkin are co-chairs of the L. A. Arboretum Show, and Pat Mark has agreed to assist. As always, we’ll need lots of volunteers. Watch for more information and finish up your paintings!

by Leslie Walker, posted by Deb Shaw

GROW! A Garden Festival will be at the Los Angeles Arboretum from May 4-6, 2012 in a celebration of gardening. The Festival will feature favorites
from past LA Garden Shows plus much more!

  • Unique and Unusual Plants for Sale: Fruit trees, herbs, vegetables, succulents, California natives and ornamental favorites from over 25 leading growers and specialty plant societies
  • Marketplace Vendors and Arboretum Garden & Gift Shop
  • 40 vendors showcasing garden tools, books, home gardening accessories, container plants & other botanical inspired items
  • Earth Dreams: Beyond the Sculptural Landscape: an Exhibition of sculptures and art installations curated by Juliet Rosati Bello of Cream Gallery – featuring works by James Hill, Susan Elizalde, Fred Rose, Patrick E., Diana Markessinis, Patrick Crabb, Bill Fillmore and Pamela Burgess
  • Garden Chats: Lectures, Demonstrations and Meet the Experts: Saturday & Sunday only, including featured speakers: Leigh Adams, Marco Barrantes, JoAnn Carey, Rosalind Creasy, Scott Daigre (Tomatomania), Steve Gerischer, Dan Hinkley, John Lyons, Jill Morganelli, Lili Singer, Nicholas Staddon and more!
  • Resources & plant information services provided by environmental and gardening associations
  • Let’s Move! Gardening & Healthy Activities for Kids and Families: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 3:00pm – featuring Sparky the Dragon Pizza Oven
  • Debut of the Newly Designed Garden for All Seasons
  • A demonstration site for small-scale, water-efficient, sustainable gardening and cultivation of fruits and vegetables
  • Educational Landscape Designs from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers California Chapter, Greater Los Angeles District; UCLA Student Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Food Trucks & Snacks
  • Peacock Café BBQ, The Coffee Gallery, Jamba Juice (South Pasadena ), Kealey’s Poppin’, Mother Moo Creamery, and food trucks – Grilled Cheese, Kabob ‘n Roll, Pie & Burger and Slammin’ Sliders
  • Beer for Books: Friday 5:00 – 8:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 11:00am – 4:30pm, Beer, wine & used book sales to benefit the Arboretum library
  • Live Entertainment, Walking Tours & Artists Painting in the Gardens
  • AND (most importantly) the Botanical Art Exhibition by the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California!!
Ad for "Grow! A Garden Festival" at the LA Arboretum

Ad for "Grow! A Garden Festival" at the LA Arboretum

Friday Evening, May 4, 5:00 – 8:00pm – Let the Festivities Begin!
Arboretum Members – Adults: $5 – Children ages 5-12: $1 – under 5 free
Non-Members – Adults: $10 – Children ages 5-12: $2 – under 5 free
Parking: Free parking in Arboretum parking lots
Enjoy the Arboretum during evening hours with live music by Big Band Theory, and first choice of plants and merchandise. Meet the artists. Sample wine flights (additional fee) by Phantom Rivers Winery, accompanied by appetizers from Chef Claud Beltran of Claud & Company Catering, Executive chef of Noir Food & Wine, and signature tequila cocktails (additional fee) created by Nobleza Tequila

Saturday & Sunday May 5 & 6, *9:00am – 4:30pm (*8:00am entry for Arboretum members)
Arboretum Members – Free
Non-Members – Adults: $8 – Seniors & Students: $6 – Children ages 5-12: $3 – under 5 free
Parking: Arboretum lots $10; Santa Anita Race Track (Gate 8) $4 with complimentary shuttle service
Be sure to bring your own cart or wagon to carry all of your purchases

by Bonnie Born Ash and Leslie Walker, posted by Deb Shaw

Join us on Saturday, March 3, 2012 for the quarterly BAGSC Meeting at Deb’s house.


Coffee at 9:30 am, Meeting begins promptly at 10:00 am.

I.    President’s Report

  • 2012 Quarterly Meeting Dates – May 19, August 25, December 8
  • Members’ Survey Results

II.   Secretary’s Report

III.  Treasurer’s Report

IV.  Membership Report

V.   Old Business

VI. New Business

  • Classes for 2012
  • L. A. Arboretum “GROW! A Garden Festival”: May 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Field Trip to Lotusland: April 28
  • Chapman University Exhibition

Program:  “What makes a plant drought-tolerant?” Presentation, discussion of plant subjects suitable for the Chapman University Exhibition, where to find specimens and handouts.

Potluck Lunch

Be sure to bring your current work to share and RSVP with what you’re bringing to the potluck to Deb. See you there!

March 2023

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