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San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

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

What is the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show?

It 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.
“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.

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

Garden Tribe’s Speaker Series brought  80+ talks by more than 60 of our favorite experts to the show. From garden design to modern homesteading, from water-wise gardening to wildlife friendly habitat creation…. all were included in the price of admission.



Flowers are our middle name….thousand and thousands of gorgeous blooms….are everywhere. The 2015 San Francisco Fower & Garden Show was pleased to welcome the American Institute of Floral Designers as the Official Host of the Flower Pavilion.

In addition to the Flower Pavilion, the Soho Study Group of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana featured a floral display in Fiesta Hall. Sharing the room with the Bonsai Society of San Francisco, these fabulous designs delighted floral aficionados and demonstrated the creativity and artistic talents of Sogetsu designers


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 the folks from Mountain Feed & Farm in the Urban Homestead Pavilion provided ongoing, daily demonstrations of pickling, canning, fermenting, cider-making, beekeeping, and more at the 2015 show.


GardenTribe organized experts that covered everything from bees to chickens, ferments to dyes, shrubs to jams–bringing the spirit of the homesteading to eh show.


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!


Seminars by Interest

Five-days of free, nonstop talks by flower and garden experts on topics that are of most interest to gardeners today.


APLD “Ask A Designer” Booth


Study Photography with the Experts

SPECIAL HANDS-ON PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS: Learn alongside the international acclaimed garden photographers.


Garden Design Magazine

Billy Goodnick’s talks are sponsored by Garden Design Magazine, the premier lifestyle magazine edited for the upscale, design-conscious reader who is passionate about the beauty of gardening.


Pollinator Pavilion

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers is offering personal garden consultations at the Show.


Garden Tribe Speaker

Five-days of free, nonstop talks by flower and garden experts on topics that are of most interest to gardeners today.


Wegmans Nursery Presents….

Miniature fairy garden workshops for fairies of all ages.


A Celebration of Flowers, Floral Design and Floral Fashion

A collaboration between the SW and NW Regions of AIFD present a Celebration of Flowers, Floral Design and Floral Fashion on Friday evening, March 20.


Mountain Feed & Farm

Play with Your Food: Homesteading for Everyone.

How to Participate in the 2016 Show…

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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.

Apply to Speak


Share your knowledge and expertise with sophisticated gardeners from the Bay area and beyond.
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Create a Garden


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.
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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.