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San Francisco
Flower & Garden Show

March 16-20, 2016 San Mateo Event Center San Mateo, CA

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The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is a public exhibition held each spring at the San Mateo Event Center just south of the San Francisco airport (SFO.) As one of the top exhibitions of its kind in the United States,

  • the Show covers more than 5-acres
  • includes full-sized designer showcase gardens
  • ways to grow, prepare, preserve your own fresh, organic food
  • hundreds of flowers and floral designs and
  • tens of thousands of wonderful plants and garden-related products to buy.

A full range of free seminars, exhibits and demonstrations provide continuous opportunities to learn about landscaping, gardening, growing & preparing garden-fresh food, designing with flowers and creating fantastic garden spaces in your home, school and community. There is something for everyone.

It’s about GARDENS
and great DESIGN…

The students from Art Academy University of San Francisco took the lead for top garden awards including the coveted Golden Gate Cup at the 2015 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show.

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“Sublimation,” a garden onceived by MFA student Nahal Sohbati and BFA student Eric Arneson and executed through the collaborative effort of more than a dozen Landscape Architecture students at the Academy of Art University’s School of Landscape Architecture, garnered an unprecedented eight awards, including the Golden Gate Cup for Best in Show.

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It’s about LEARNING…
with the west’s best garden experts

The 2016 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show will offer almost 100 free seminars and hands-on workshops.  From garden design to modern homesteading, from water-wise gardening to brewing kombucha to wildlife friendly habitat creation…. all is included in the price of admission.

It’s about BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS…

Flowers are our middle name….thousand and thousands of gorgeous blooms….are everywhere. The 2016 San Francisco Fower & Garden Show is pleased to bring back the American Grown designer series that will focus on the vast variety of beautiful locally grown flowers.

It’s about DEVELOPING SKILLS…

Whether you are into old-fashioned, down-home living or uptown beekeeper, the show has opportunities for you to develop new skills or hone your current skills.

The Urban Homestead Pavilion will provide ongoing, daily demonstrations of pickling, canning, brewing fermented beverages, cider-making, beekeeping, and more at the 2016 show.

We’re organized an army of experts to cover everything from bees to chickens, ferments to dyes, herbs to jams–bringing the spirit of the homesteading to the show.

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It’s about fresh, wholesome FOOD…

EDIBLE PLANTS….Grow them. Prepare them. ENJOY!

There’s nothing like a homegrown tomato…and peas and beans and asparagus and on and on!

You can grow your own free and wholesome food in a plot in your backyard, in a container on your balcony or even on your windowsill. Experts explain how to grow, prepare, preserve and present delicious dishes….all from your garden! Then, select your seeds or healthy young plants, as well as everything you need to easily grow them, from a huge selection in the Plant Marketplace.

…it’s all about the PLANTS!

Flowers, trees, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, fruit, seeds…they are all plants or parts of plants. Our lives depend upon plants.

This morning you ate and drank plants. orange juice, tomato juice, maple syrup, fruit, cereal, bread & muffins made from flour

You may be wearing plants.  cotton, denim, linen

Some of your favorite things come from plants. pizza sauce & dough, chocolate, vanilla, popcorn, peanuts,the sheets the on your bed, rubber erasers, perfume, strawberries, paychecks, cinnamon & wedding bouquets

Some things you see but never take time to think about come from plants. blue jeans, medicine, wood, houses, furniture, aspirin, beer and wine, pepper,
 books and newspapers

But most important of all, plants sustain our lives. Whether they are creating (and filtering) the air we breath or surrounding us in the beauty that is nature, plants nourish and heal our souls and our bodies.

The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is a celebration of flowers and gardens which makes it a celebration of plants. See the beauty, feel the texture, smell the fragrance, taste the freshness… come to the show and meet the plants and the people who keep them growing!

There is so much to see
and do at the Show…

All for just the price of admission….
and kids under 16 are free!

How to Participate in the 2016 Show…

Be an Exhibitor

WHERE DO 40,000 GARDEN SHOPPERS HEAD EACH MARCH?

To the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, of course. For five days in March, shoppers from throughout the Bay area and beyond come to see what\’s new. It\’s a great opportunity for vendors to easily reach this important market. CLICK HERE.

Create a Garden

JOIN THE ELITE GROUP OF OUTSTANDING GARDEN DESIGNERS

Creating a beautiful showcase garden is a challenge yet a rewarding experience. Apply now for the opportunity to display your creativity, skill and expertise to a worldwide audience. CLICK HERE.

Apply to Speak

BE A DEMONSTRATION SPEAKER ON A OUR FLORAL STAGE.

Share your knowledge and expertise with sophisticated gardeners from the Bay area and beyond.  Sorry, applications for our seminar stages are now closed, but we are still accepting application for floral designers.  CLICK HERE.

Volunteer

LEND A HAND… BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE SHOW.

It takes an army of experts and dedicated hobbyists to put on a quality show with enough depth and variety to meet the needs of everyone. There may be a role you can play in exchange for free tickets to the show. It takes an army of experts and dedicated hobbyists to put on a quality show with enough depth and variety to meet the needs of everyone. There may be a role you can play in exchange for free tickets to the show. CLICK HERE.