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Botanical Garden Takes Ten Golds at San Francisco Flower Show

Posted March 22, 2000

The UC Botanical Garden won the Golden Gate Cup "Best of Show," and nine other gold medals, at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, which ended March 19. The annual event that attracts more than 60,000 attendees.

The Botanical Garden's best-of-show display, "The Avant Garden," was designed by Horticulture Manager David Brunner, with assistance from Horticulturist Jerry Parsons. Garden volunteers helped to assemble the display garden, which features a fantastic array of drought tolerant plants, a waterfall with recirculating water and a shade structure roofed with succulent plants.

East Bay Municipal Utility District was a major sponsor of the garden, which illustrated how to create a diverse, interesting and comfortable garden with low water use requirements.

In most years, the flower show's central arena garden displays are reserved for commercial garden designers and landscaping firms, while public gardens create small, relatively low-key "garden vignettes." Last year's Botanical Garden vignette attracted the attention of show organizers, who invited it to participate this time on a grander scale.



March 22 - April 5, 2000 (Volume 28, Number 26)
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