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Sunset Celebration Weekend 2014

Last weekend (31 May – 1 Jun) I had the honor and privilege to be a featured presenter on carnivorous plants at Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend 2014. It was a fabulous weekend filled with botanical nerd-a-riffic-ness. I enjoyed meeting so many awesome people — from some of you wonderful individuals who I connect with on this blog and social media, to those that I met that weekend that had no idea such plants existed. Thank you to my family and friends – it was great to see so many of you come out that weekend. Your support means so much to me. Huge thanks to Mike Wang, the librarian of Sarracenia species! Right on for coming thru, bro! To my wife Dahlia and boys Josiah and Lucas – thank you for putting up with the plant madness through all of these years. I could not be doing what I am doing if were it not for your constant love and motivation. (…And extreme patience…) I also wanted to express my sincere gratitude to Sunset Magazine and Johanna Silver – thank you so much for this opportunity and for doing what you do. Y’all rock.



The Pitcher Plant Project - Sunset CWDahlia and I checking out the venue and setting up the day before.

The Pitcher Plant Project - Sunset CW
Getting the day started right. Sarracenia powered by Philz. (Thanks Nikki!)

The Pitcher Plant Project - Sunset CW
Chef Fabio Viviani, the plants and I are hungry for some of your cooking!

The Pitcher Plant Project - Sunset CW
With Peggy Northrop, Sunset Magazine Editor in Chief

The Pitcher Plant Project - Sunset CW
Talkin’ carnivores – diving into the dark side of gardening…

The Pitcher Plant Project - Sunset CW
Don’t. Poke. The. Traps.

The Pitcher Plant Project - Sunset CW
Sunset Garden Stage Carnivorous Plant Talk Selfie with Jojo Silver

The Pitcher Plant Project - Sunset CW
I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing if it were not for their love.

The Pitcher Plant Project - Sunset CW
Ice cream after a great weekend. And photobombs.

Under A Colorful Sky

Greenhouse SunsetThe asylum, the sanctuary – under a brilliant colorful sky last evening.


If you haven’t already done so, check out the October issue of Sunset Magazine! (Go and buy it now!) I’m so grateful and humbled to be featured in the October issue of Sunset. I’m truly honored to know wonderful folks like Johanna Silver and Lauren Dunec, You’re both freakin’ amazing. A huge thank you to my wife, Dahlia for her continued love, support, and patience with this crazy plant dude! Last, but not least – I just wanted to thank all of YOU who follow/read my blog. You’ve been there – growing along with me through the lows and the highs. You’ve shared your stories and even your plants with me. You’ve inspired me to keep doing what I do, and to continue to share this botanical madness with you. Thank you all so much. Let’s grow.

SunsetSunset Magazine: October 2013

Nepenthes, Illuminated

Just wanted to share a few assorted Nepenthes photos from the end of a bright winter’s work day. The setting sun was coming in at an angle that added a nice subtle glow to the deadly foliage.

Nepenthes thorelii x aristolochioides
Nepenthes thorelii x aristochiloides
(Thanks again Paul! It’s pitchering like mad!)

Nepenthes robcantleyiiNepenthes robcantleyii

Nepenthes hamataNepenthes hamata
A new baby pitcher on a very young plant, but it’s doing well.
So cute. But wait until it gets older, it gets soooo much cuter!
(Thanks Drew!) 

Brocchinia reducta

Brocchinia reductaBrocchinia reducta
The setting sun gives this carnivore a gentle glow in the late November afternoon.