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Re: Strybing plant sale- by luck!

Did you go to the conservatory Theresa?  It's new and beautiful and they
have some of my plants in it.

David Franzman
A Touch of the Tropics
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tchessie" <tchessie@comcast.net>
To: "GardenChat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2004 6:53 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Strybing plant sale- by luck!

> Hi all-
> Well I took my test this morning.  Not too bad- we'll see how the score is
> in a few weeks.  I didn't make it over to the Oakland farmer's marker, so
> don't know if DF made it or not (or how his daughter is).  But....My
> wanted to go to the planetarium and aquarium in Golden Gate park. So, on
> way into the park, trying to find both of the above, we came across
> garden and they were having a PLANT SALE (big huge sign on their front
> gate).  So I said STOP! We have to go in.  So I now have more plants that
> don't know where I am going to put them!  I got a kiwi (female- I'll have
> order a compatible male) that has lovely red stems and very green leaves.
> Does get edible fruit too!  I got 2 more salvia varieties (saliva patens-
> has lovely large vivid blue fowers, and "jean's purple passion"- has
> sized intense purple flowers).  My husband picked out a collection of
> alpines and dwark conifers to make a trough garden.  He also picked up a
> handful of succulents- 'because they are more interesting' than regular
> plants.  Finally, he fell in love with an Adenium obesum (desert rose)
> amazed me as he was more than happy to fork over $25 for it.  Now it will
> my challenge to keep the most expensive plant I've ever owned alive! The
> walk throught the arboretum was lovely also, of course.
> Turns out that the aquarium is closed and they are doing all kinds of
> construction on something- so you can' get to the planetarium.  So... we
> when to the conservatory instead.  I have wanted to visit since they
> finished reconstructing it last year and opened it to the public again.
> is gorgeous.  Each room has a different climate, amazing specimen plants
> (including a 100 year old philodendron), orchids, umpteen potted
> a watergarden, cloud garden etc.  It's hard to imagine that some insane
> businessman many years ago bought the conservatory as a KIT- it was
> over in wooden crates.  The poor guy died before it was built!
> here's a link if you want to see where we were today:
> http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/
> Theresa
> Sac, CA
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