Rant on the Road: Rochester, NY and San Francisco Bay Area


And it's time for another mad dash through questionable weather!  (Last week's run to San Francisco for the garden show involved all the roads in and out of Humboldt County getting shut down due to 3 inches of snow.  I know, I know, we Californians are such wimps.)

Anyway, off I go to Rochester, NY, where I will be speaking on Flower Confidential at Nazareth College on Thursday.  I also get to spend 3 hours that day talking to science teachers about how to use earthworms in the classroom!  Fabulous.

And then–back to the Bay Area for a bunch of stuff, including (drum roll):

Wicked plants conservatory The opening of the Wicked Plants exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park!   I haven't seen the exhibit yet, but opening day is next Thursday, April 7, and I'll be there.  Details here, and more on upcoming events here, including a night of drinking called Plants Behind Bars (get it?), an event with garden murder mystery writer Rosemary Harris, and a lecture I'll do there on June 1.

Also on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 PM, I'll be speaking on Wicked Plants at an event in Marin sponsored by the Marin Master Gardeners.

On Friday, April 8 at 2 PM, I'll be at Filoli, again on Wicked Plants.

And on Saturday, April 9 I'm in Sacramento at the California State Flower, Food, & Garden Show, speaking on Wicked Bugs at noon and on earthworms at 4 PM.

Then off to Annie's Annuals on Sunday, April 10, where I'll talk about Wicked Plants at 11, and generally enjoy the wonderfulness that is a spring party at Annie's.  They've promised me I can stuff my car full of plants, but I don't think they know how many plants a person can stuff in a compact rental car!  I vow to restrain myself.

If you're out and about when any of this is happening, I do very much hope to see you there.



  1. Wow, all these great venues right in my ‘hood.
    The Conservatory of Flowers event sounds just way too cool to not attend !
    And the talk in Marin sponsored by the Master Gardeners is so close to my house it would be embarrassing not to attend ( though I’ve never attended a Master Gardeners event so I’m already in the stupid embarrassment category )
    Hope to see you Amy.

  2. Really want to make the Wicked Plants opening, but doubt I’ll be able to. At any rate, I’m going to catch your talks at the Sac Flower Show. For what it’s worth, our weather here is supposed to be warm & clear for most of the next two weeks !

  3. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to catch you at the SF F&G show. I first saw you, and bought your Wicked Plants book, at Mrs. Dalloway’s in Berkeley. A friend was going and thought I might like to as well. I love the fact that you have a regular Rapaccini’s Garden going at home.

    I’ve never been to the Conservatory of Flowers, so this is a perfect occasion to go. I’m curious who I can get to come with me.

    I really enjoyed reading Wicked Plants, and found myself nodding in agreement in several places. I got interested in plant poisons in high school chemistry, when I had to write a paper. I was going to write a different topic, but got nowhere with that reasearch. However, I kept finding references to plant poisons and had a lot more fun than I thought I would.

  4. Amy, if you can, allow yourself some extra time to explore Filoli–it’s a wonderful place to wander!

  5. Are you still in Rochester? If you’re still here – or ever back again – you simply MUST take a tour of the rare and unusual conifer arboretum (with terraced stone walls and a secrert grotto!) created by former American Conifer Society President Gerald Kral (on North Winton Road in Rochester. Call me at (585) 737-4240 if you’d like directions and an introduction. He also has a green roof and bought the property next door full of his latest project – tabletop rock gardens made of monolithic slabs of stone.

  6. Wish I could be there for the opening of Wicked Plants but I will see it on May 4 when I’ll be at the Conservatory for my own talk on Mischief and Mayhem in the Garden – from the garden of Eden to Pushing Up Daisies, the first novel in my Dirty Business mystery series. http://www.rosemaryharris.com
    Way to go, Amy!

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