This month the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show welcomes spring with its world-class garden festival. Now entering its 27th year, with a greener approach that is celebrating “Gardens for a Green Earth”, the show starts Wednesday March 21st through Sunday March 25th at the San Mateo Event Center.

You’ll find twenty full-sized garden installations from top Bay Area designers (including John Greenlee and Mike Boss creating one of their signature meadows) who will teach attendees of all ages how to create “Gardens for a Green Earth”, with a strong emphasis on forward-looking, environmentally friendly techniques that can be accomplished in private gardens.

Amongst the parade of celebrities speaking and demonstrating their skills will be Ahmed Hassan of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers and Joe Lamp’l of PBS’s Growing a Green World is back to delight with earthy pearls of wisdom on greening your garden and protecting the planet. Annie Somerville, a recognized pioneer in promoting organic cuisine and gardening through her restaurant Greens will be speaking about the ‘green & food’ movement with Wendy Johnson, one of the founders of the organic farm at Green Gulch Zen Center and the Indian Valley College Organic Farm in Marin. Johnson is the author of the popular and poetic organic gardening how-to book entitled Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate. You will walk away with both agricultural and spiritual tips to savor in your own yard.

Speaking of spiritual teachers . . . How about the Dirt Duo? Yes, that’s us. The Dirt Diva and Dirt Dude will join earthly forces to talk dirt on Saturday afternoon March 24th at 1:30PM, preaching “compost, compost, compost, mulch, mulch, mulch.” Come enjoy the combination of scientific facts from an environmental science professor and simple organic home gardening techniques from an escaped, impatient New Yorker who hearts Mother Nature but has been witnessed on several occasions screaming and running from a Jerusalem Cricket.

Along with the entertaining speakers there will also be 200 vendors selling plants, seeds, tools, and a plethora of well-known gardening authors signing books. You can find the entire schedule of seminars on the website:

Where and when:

The 27th Annual San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is held at:
The San Mateo Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive in San Mateo

just one block from the Hillsdale Caltrain Station.
Parking is available for $12 for the entire day.

Wednesday, March 21 – Saturday, March 24, 10am-7pm
Sunday, March 25, 10am-6pm.

Single day pass is $20, a five-day bargain pass is $25, and a half-day pass is $15.
Children under 16 are admitted free.

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