earth day 2010

Our sign at Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Last week­end I helped out with the local native plant society’s infor­ma­tion table at San Diego’s Earth Day cel­e­bra­tions, adver­tised as “the largest free annual envi­ron­men­tal fair in the world.” Imag­ine that, in sleepy lit­tle con­ser­v­a­tive San Diego.

Our booth

Some of the plants we had for sale at the table. We ended up not push­ing them too hard since a heavy gal­lon pot seemed to be more than most peo­ple wanted to carry around with them on a warm day with thou­sands of peo­ple crowded around. Seeds were and eas­ier sell.


Some of the crowd at Earth Day


This exhibit was encour­ag­ing peo­ple to grow more of their own food. The cutouts for kids to poke their head through assured some atten­tion from the younger crowd. Not all the kids looked at the exhibit, but a lot did.

There are always dis­plays of elec­tric car conversions…

…but with elec­tric cars start­ing to come on line, they’re less of a draw than before. But peo­ple seemed really inter­ested in the elec­tric scoot­ers next door.

It’s always a wide mix of things that you’ll find in a large environmental-themed gath­er­ing, from con­ser­va­tion orga­ni­za­tions to green-technology ven­dors to the ubiq­ui­tous booth sell­ing ket­tle corn. What ket­tle corn has to do with sus­tain­able liv­ing I have no idea, but it did keep some of the peo­ple fed and happy.

And it’s always a broad sam­pling of peo­ple who attend these fairs. Of the peo­ple who stopped by our table, there was the Euro­pean fam­ily that was stranded due to Iceland’s Eyjaf­jal­la­joekull vol­cano, plenty of peo­ple inter­ested in to work of the plant soci­ety, and even more peo­ple who were in the process of replac­ing their land­scap­ing with less water-intensive plants.

I enjoy talk­ing plants–any sur­prise since I do a gar­den blog? Help­ing to get the word out about the value of native plants, in the wilds or around the home, was extra-cool.

Some of the plant­i­ngs at Bal­boa Park’s Alcazar Garden

But it was nice to escape the crowds for a few min­utes and just look at some plants. Our booth was adja­cent to Bal­boa Park’s Alcazar Gar­den. The grounds­peo­ple are con­stantly chang­ing the look of the gar­den. Today it fea­tured flow­er­ing blocks of red snap­drag­ons and laven­der. It’s not a com­bi­na­tion I’d have come up with, but I think I like it. Of course I’m way too curi­ous about plants–and prob­a­bly way too ADD–to limit myself to two gar­den plants.

A detail of the pair­ing of snap­drag­ons and lavender.



Even with grand dis­plays like this near the native plant society’s table, we had a nearly con­stant flow of people–a sure sign that peo­ple are think­ing about dif­fer­ent kinds of plea­sures for their gar­dens. The times they are a-changin’.

2 thoughts on “earth day 2010

  1. Christine

    Oh, good for you! It’s so excit­ing to see folks actu­ally take inter­est in giv­ing native insects/birds/butterflies habi­tat and sav­ing water. It’s even bet­ter when they dis­cover that native plants are just super cool themselves!

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