Clovis woman helps shape San Francisco Flower and Garden show

The Fresno BeeMarch 17, 2014 

A Clovis resident is the new co-owner of the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show and is on a mission to educate people that they don't have to stop growing plants in a drought year.

Sherry Larsen, managing partner of Larsen Enterprises, acquired the San Francisco show with business partner Maryanne Lucas, founder and executive director of Kids Growing Strong garden education program. Lucas is from Westlake Village, Calif.

Since 2000, Larsen has owned and produced the California State Home and Garden Show, which is held in Sacramento twice a year.

The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show is scheduled Wednesday through Sunday in the 200,000-square-foot San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo.

About 60,000 people attend the five-day show every March, making it the third largest flower show in the nation. For more info on the show, go to www.sfgardenshow.com.

This year's show will feature 20 show gardens, more than 150 speakers and a marketplace offering thousands of plants and garden-related products.

Larsen wants to educate people about growing in a drought year.

"The Bay Area doesn't seem to have the same impact we are having" in the central San Joaquin Valley," she says. "The ag industry will suffer.

"Our gardens are the heart and soul of the show. A lot are designed for drought tolerance. Just because we are having a drought year, it doesn't mean you stop gardening. You are wiser in your plant selection and water usage."

The San Francisco show will feature a display garden — from a typical 2,000-square-foot home with four occupants — that works with rain water and gray water, which is water from showers, rinse water and washers.

"You can capture that and reuse it in your garden," Larsen says. "It is an amazing source to tap into. In a few years, I believe we will start seeing it appear in some of our building codes."

 

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