The annual Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition (POGE) is back, and this time, it pays tribute to one of the most beloved children’s stories of all time. What better way to support the hobby we all love than with a visit to an event that champions everything about it.
Celebrating its 66th year, the four-day event will be held at the Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from February 22 to 25. Visitors can expect to see a large array of fresh new seasonal and spring plants that they can purchase for their garden. Also on display are related products such as gardening tools and machines, plant care products, landscaping services, and more.
Formerly called the Pacific Orchid Exposition (POE), the organizers decided to add “Garden” to the event’s title last year to signify its growth into becoming more than just an avenue for orchids. Already the most popular orchid event in the country, POGE now showcases specialty plants, some grown from the far reaches of the globe such as Peru, Ecuador, Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan.
’Curiouser and Curiouser’
This year’s theme is “Curiouser and Curiouser, Orchids in Wonderland,” in reference to Lewis Carroll’s popular children’s story. To go along with the theme, the Gala Preview Night to be held on Thursday, February 22 starting at 6 p.m., will feature the “Mad Hatter Party” as its motif.
Last year’s POGE enjoyed bright sunny weather, allowing everyone a much needed break from an otherwise rainy Bay Area winter. The theme for the 65th POGE was “Big Ideas for Small Gardens,” which focused on educating visitors on how to help their plants thrive in city environments such as the balconies and windowsills of high-rise condos and apartments.
Aside from things that relate to flower and plants, visitors can expect delicious lunch options at the event. Last year, visitors flocked to the food stalls setup by Annie’s Hot Dogs, How Ya Bean, and The Grilled Geez Guy. Those who prefer to eat at a restaurant will appreciate the event’s proximity to 9th avenue, where a few great dining places are situated.
Other Plant-Themed Events
If the 66th Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition doesn’t completely sate your appetite for all things floral, perhaps you might want to check out these related events in the Bay Area as well.
- Gardening with Nature at Home and at Work (Saturday, February 24, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
In this workshop, you’ll learn the importance of soil microbes and how they benefit plants. If you’re having trouble growing your plants to optimal health, then this workshop merits your participation.
- Edible Garden 2018 (Saturday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Garden for the Environment, 1590 7th Ave.
A monthly gardening workshop where you can learn how to maximize your vegetable garden for the upcoming month. Expert instructors will teach you how to take full advantage of SF’s unique gardening climate so you can reap a bountiful harvest with regularity.
- Contra Costa Spring Home & Garden Show (Friday, April 6 12 p.m. – Sunday, April 8, 4 p.m.)
Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road
Now on its 33rd year, the Contra Costa Spring Home & Garden Show focuses on helping homeowners transform their home and garden into something beautiful and extraordinary. The event features hundreds of exhibits that relate to improving gardens, landscapes, sunrooms, kitchens, baths, and more.
Truly, San Francisco is a great place to be for those with a certified green thumb. If you would like to explore real estate opportunities in the area, get in touch with Bernie and Mike today.