2013 San Francisco

June 28 - 30, 2013 

The SF Fling has Flung

Official Group Photo by
San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
June 28, 2013

Dear Garden Blogger Fling Attendees:
Thanks so much for attending and making this the best Fling ever! We hope you've recovered from three days of garden and nursery touring... and then some! Surely many of you have started to go through images and recount stories from our time together. Please consider sharing them, via links to your personal blog posts, in the comments section below, and/or on the Garden Bloggers Fling Facebook page. If you have specific posts for specific gardens, each of the tour stops has a general information post (following this one), so you can add your post to their comments section accordingly. It's a great way to see and read about everyone's perspectives of the various places we visited together.
Please be sure to share your personal thanks with the generous sponsors that helped make the San Francisco Fling so successful. Each sponsor is listed by sponsor level category along the right hand column of this blog, with links to their websites and contact information. Sponsorships contributed not only to the TWO swag bags you received, but also to offset the costs of our travel, garden admissions and sustenance. A hearty thank you goes out to them all!
Happy blogging and we hope to see you at the next Fling in Portland, Oregon. Sounds like the PDX Crew is tentatively looking at mid to late July, 2014.
Your SF Fling Crew,
Kelly, Andrea, Charlotte, Claire and Maggie. 

P.S. To post a hyperlinked URL to your blog post in the comments section you'll have to add a bit of HTML code to do so, as Blogger thinks they're spam and won't publish the comment.

I'll use Helen (The Patient Gardener)'s First Fling overview as an example 
(surely she won't mind...)

First, post a comment with your URL & blog post title (shown in orange above) added to the HTML code as shown below

Then, click the Preview button to see if the link worked and/or to edit as needed:
Then, enter Publish and your comment with a hyperlink to your post should appear, pending Blog administration, of course.

Hope that helps and isn't too confusing. If anyone knows a different workaround, let us know.

San Francisco Fling Itinerary

Thursday, June 27

Pre-Fling Cocktail Party at 
the garden of landscape designer Shirley Watts
$10 donation towards food & drinks 
Location is in Alameda, which is accessible by public transportation
(photo via Shirley Watts, sawattsdesign.com)

Friday, June 28 

8:00-8:45am Registration at Hotel Lobby

Westin San Francisco Market Street
50 Third Street 

Two buses will travel to the following sites independently;
PLEASE pick one bus and stick with it for each tour day.

8:45-9:00am Board Buses

Matt Gil Sculpture Garden
Designed by Dan Carlson of Wigglestem Gardens
(photo by Dan Carlson)

with a Sponsor Presentation by Dramm,
Fun Games & Shopping!
(photo via Annie's Annuals)

Wave Garden
Designed by Victor Amador
Kellee Adams, Dig-It Landscape Design
(photo by slotharium)
 *Late Afternoon Break at Hotel *
5:30-5:45pm Re-board Buses and travel to 

Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park
for Group Photo, 
Catered Dinner, Sponsor Talks, 
Swag Bags and Raffle

(photo via Floradoragardens)

Back to the Hotel by 9:30pm
Evening activities on your own

Saturday, June 29

Two buses will travel to the following sites independently;
PLEASE pick one bus and stick with it for each tour day.

7:45-8:00am Board EARLY Bus at Hotel
Morning Photo Shoot with Saxon Holt (RSVP required) at 
(San Francisco Botanical Garden's Entry Garden. Photo by Saxon Holt; via SFBG website)
 9:45-10:00am Board LATER Bus at Hotel

(meet up with early bus at)
a Sponsor Presentation by Bailey Nurseries
Endless Summer Collection and First Editions Collection;

as well as a tour of Sunset Gardens
(photo via sunset.com)

*Eat catered box lunch on buses*
 as we travel to

A Site of The National Trust for Historic Preservation and
a California State Historic Landmark
(we'll tour the gardens only)
(photo via Floradoragardens)

(photo via Harmony in the Garden, Rebecca Sweet)

Testa-Vought Garden 
Designed by Bernard Trainor
(photo by Andrea Testa-Vought via Pacific Horticulture, as seen in our preview post)

Back to Hotel by 6:30pm
Dinner & evening activities on your own

Sunday, June 30

Two buses will travel to the following sites independently;
PLEASE pick one bus and stick with it for each tour day.

10:00-10:15am Board Buses at Hotel

Ruth Bancroft Garden
(photo by Floradoragardens)

Dudan Garden
by BuenoLuna Landscape Design
and Floradora Gardens
(photo by Floradoragardens)

*Catered Box Lunch at Ruth Bancroft or Dudan Gardens*

Keeyla Meadows Garden

(photo via KeeylaMeadows.net)

Nichols Garden
(photo by Floradoragardens)

Closing Cocktail Party at Flora Grubb Gardens,
Tour a Flora Grubb designed garden nearby,
Fun & Shopping!
 (photo via FloraGrubb.com)

Back to Hotel by 7:30pm
Dinner & final evening festivities on your own

San Francisco Fling Attendees

Registration for Fling is now closed. The following bloggers have confirmed their place (meaning we have received your check in the mail). If there is an * by your name, you registered to take the Saturday early morning photo workshop with Saxon Holt. The early bus is now full and we can't accept any more participants.

Kelly Kilpatrick *, Floradora
Alice Joyce, Alice's Garden Travel Buzz  
Bonnie Manion *, Vintage Garden Gal
Charlotte Germane *, dirt du jour
Claire Splan *, An Alameda Garden  
Debby Shepard *, Spade and a Smartphone
Delen Kitchen *, Plant Propaganda 
Denise Ginger *, A Growing Obsession
Dina Falk *, Dina Digs This
Erik Knutzen *, Root Simple
Gail Lord *, Piece of Eden
Hank Jenkins *, The Plant Provocateur
Jeannie Hanson *, Geno's Garden Design & Coaching
Kathy Stoner *, GardenBook
Leslie Bennett *, Star Apple Edible Gardens 
Leslie Kuss *, Growing a Garden in Davis
Maggie Leighly *,
Maya Bartolf, Today's Bouquet 
Rebecca Sweet, Gossip in the Garden
Susan Morrison *, Blue Planet Garden Blog
Tina Henricksen *, Garden with Heart and Soil

Ryan Schmitt *, In the Garden

Robin Horton, Urban Gardens

District of Columbia:
Clint Albin, IGC Show

Mary Ann Newcomer, Gardens of the Wild Wild West

Jason Kay *, Garden in a City 
Judy Hertz *, Garden in a City

Jean McWeeney *, Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog

Claire Jones *, The Garden Diaries
Susan Harris *, Garden Rant
Matt Mattus *, Growing With Plants

Amy Andrychowicz *, Get Busy Gardening
Shelly Gustafson *, 29 Minute Gardener

Isabelle Bechtold, Vintage Garden Gal

North Carolina:
Daricia McKnight *, A Charlotte Garden
Frank Hyman *, Liberated Gardener

New Mexico:
David Cristiani *, The Desert Edge

New York:
Donna Brok *, Garden Walk Garden Talk 

Kylee Baumle *, Our Little Acre

Dee Nash *, Red Dirt Ramblings

Jane Finch-Howell *, MulchMaid
Kate Bryant *, At Home
Loree Bohl *, danger garden
Scott Weber *, Rhone Street Gardens
Carolyn Walker *, Carolyn's Shade Garden
Leslie Grayson *, Leslie Grayson Design
Rhode Island:
Layanee DeMerchant *, Ledge and Gardens

South Carolina:
Julie Thompson-Adolf *, Growing Days
Janet Ledebuhr *, The Queen of Seaford
Lisa Wagner *, Natural Gardening

Barbara Wise *, bwisegardening

Cindy Tournier, From My Corner of Katy
Diana Kirby *, Sharing Nature's Garden
Linda Lehmusvirta *, Central Texas Gardener
Melissa Denney *, Houston Garden Girl
Pam Penick *, Digging
Susan Tomlinson *, The Bicycle Garden
Vicki Blachman *, Playin' Outside

Alison Conliffe *, Bonney Lassie
Debbie Teashon, Rainy Side Gardeners
Lola Gravenstein *, One Hundred Dollars a Month
Lorene Edwards Folkner *, Planted at Home
Mavis Butterfield *, One Hundred Dollars a Month
Peter Herpst *, The Outlaw Gardener

Helen Battersby *, Ontario, Toronto Gardens
Lucy Pelletier *, Ontario,  Hovel Home & Garden
Sarah Battersby *, Ontario, Toronto Gardens
Charlotte Weychan, East Sussex, The Galloping Gardener
Helen Johnstone *, Worcs, The Patient Gardener
Victoria Summerley *, Gloucestershire, Victoria's Backyard, Tales from Awkward Hill