This post is a little bit off the Sarracenia path. This is a tribute and a thanks to a few individuals that inspire me in doing what I do.
Grow on, homies… Grow on.
[Slideshow: BAPP | Plantgasm Gardens]
This past weekend I had the honor and privilege to get together with a few fellow Bay Area Plant People (BAPP) at the Gardens of Plantgasm. It is a place of amazing botanical wonder, indoors and out! Now, you if you know me, I’m not much of an indoor grower, but after my visit, I think I’ll try a couple more plants indoors. Everywhere I turned at Derek’s place, there was something growing. Climbing a wall. Hanging from the ceiling. Growing in the coffee pot. Jumping off a bookshelf. Something was growing. The perfect setting for this gathering of plant addicts.
I’m really glad I was able to attend and meet up with my garden heroes. We’ve been talking about getting together, havin’ a beer, and just chattin’ plants for quite some time, and I’m glad we finally were able to. I would sincerely like to thank Derek and Heather for opening up their home and hosting this event. Derek (twitter: @plantgasm) is a wonderful source of great garden inspiration; his passion for the plant is quite contagious. Be sure to visit his site (http://plantgasm.com) and prepare to be moved.
It was also very nice to kick it with Meg and Matti (twitter: @sfgardengirl, @FOFmatti, @faroutflora | web: http://www.faroutflora.com/), Heather (@hchamp) — as well as meet new plant friends: Magdalen, Michelle, Kevin (@joescales), Chuck (@back40feet | http://back40feet.blogspot.com), Carri (@betweenthelimes |http://readbetweenthelimes.blogspot.com/), Kristi (@notsocrafty | http://notsocrafty.com/), and of course Bug and Chieka! (The awesome chihuahua duo!) I can’t believe we were all in one place… ha!
Yes, I grow Sarracenia. That’s my addiction and obsession. That’s what this blog is about. I’ve always been intrigued by the carnivores ever since I was a kid. My interest in carnivores and support from my grandparents led me into the world of gardens and the love of growing – not just Sarracenia, but rather all things that I could possibly grow. My yard indeed is covered in Sarrs; however you can find everything from bamboo to bromeliads, mosses to maples, and cacti to carnivores lurking there. Meeting with other like minded plant lovers yesterday was simply phenomenal and motivational. I will continue to plant and grow.
As Derek says, “The second best thing about growing plants is getting to know other people with the same passion. The first best thing is growing the plants.”
[Plantgasm, Far Out Flora, The Pitcher Plant Project]
(Photo by Heather… Thanks Heather!)