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Two piers full of garden ideas at the San Francisco show.

Two piers full of garden ideas at the San Francisco show

Celebrating its fifth year, the San Francisco Landscape Garden Show comes of age in 1990 with more gardens for viewing and a whole additional pier of displays to wander through. Titled A Celebration of Gardens, the show--April 25 through 29 at Fort Mason--features 29 delightful and educational gardens designed by Bay Area landscape professionals. To accommodate increasing interest (attendance rose 30 percent last year), the show has expanded to include both piers 2 and 3. As in previous years, Pier 3 contains displays of mature plants, colorful flowers, construction materials, horticultural displays from garden clubs and plant societies, and a cafe. In honor of Japan's Expo '90, San Francisco's sister city, Osaka, is sponsoring two special gardens, one designed by a renowned local landscape architect, and the other by the great great grandson of the designer of Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden. At a new, larger lecture and seating area toward the back of Pier 3, experts give hourly lectures and demonstrations on topics ranging from plants and garden design to cooking and crafts from the garden. The show's marketplace section has doubled in size for this year. Easily carried items such as books, artwork, dried flowers, and fine pottery are offered in Pier 3. Furniture, plants, large pottery, sculpture, and tools can be found in Pier 2. In Pier 2 you'll also find Garden Technology, an expanded version of last year's successful section on garden construction (decks, irrigation, lighting, paving). Around it, a greenbelt area features nursery displays of the many plants suitable for northern California gardens. A second cafe is at the rear of Pier 2. Sponsored by Friends of Recreation and Parks, the show is open 10 to 6 Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 to 9 Thursday and Friday. Admission is $8 for adults and $1 for ages under 12 with an adult; for group rates, call (415) 221-1310. Proceeds support special projects in San Francisco's neighborhood parks and playgrounds. If you drive, a free shuttle service runs from the Marina Green (weekdays) and Crissy Field lots (on the weekend). For information on Muni buses that stop near the pier, call 673-6864.

PHOTO : Planting pockets in walls and deck showcase flowers and plants in last year's exhibit by

PHOTO : landscape architect Robert Royston

PHOTO : Planters highlight natives from six continents--all of which thrive in northern California

PHOTO : gardens. Design: Western Horticultural Society

PHOTO : Unusual accessories such as handmade earthenware pots and simple tables of flagstone over

PHOTO : 4-by-4s suggest ideas for your own garden. Design: Kiillkkaa Group
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