Friday, July 22, 2011

A gardeners view of the California State Fair

Most 'normal' people that attend fairs are usually there for a variety of reasons - some greasy fair food, jump on some rides, check out the displays or go see a concert.  We are fortunate in Rocklin to be within a half hour drive of the California State Fair and have taken our kids to the California State Fair the past couple of years.

So, there are definitely parts of the California State Fair I appreciate the most - I am a sucker for calorie-laden, 'bad-for-you' fair food and of course anything resembling plants or some gardening inspiration.  Here are some of the sights, smells and tastes from today's annual pilgrimage to the California State Fair:

Nope, not bamboo (I know, you are shocked).  Isn't this a beautiful display?  I've never seen a corn plant look so perfect.

I was amazed by the number of butterflies by the Farm exhibit.

A perfect example of Bambusa oldhamii 'Giant Clumping Timber Bamboo'.  I actually sought out this photo as a I remember it from last year.  Bambusa oldhamii 'Giant Clumping Timber Bamboo' is ideal for Sacramento's climate.

Beautiful example of orchids from the Sacramento Orchid Society.  This was in the greenhouse display near the fish exhibit.

Couldn't grow one to save my life, but I do love orchids.

 The sign says, 'You can grow Orchids.' Ironically enough.

Leafy greens grown with hydroponics.

Bell Peppers growing in pure perlite.

The 'Garden in a Wheelbarrow' entries.

A 'snack.'

Nice choice for a 'Giant Bug' exhibit.

In the Youth Art Building.  I was a bit partial.  I wonder why?

A 'Whale Tale' metal sculpture with benches inside.  My kids said we should buy it for our backyard.  Sure, why not.

The 'Breakfast of Champions'!

Hope you enjoyed my adventures at the California State Fair.


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Donna said...

Love the whale tail - Terrence Martin is an awesome metal artist! We need to get some bamboo art going @ reCREATE!

Mad Man Bamboo Nursery said...

Bamboo art... you know who to ask for materials. I'd be happy to support this. Sean