1. For the last two years, a group of us horticultural professionals, landscape architects, designers, writers, photographers, nursery owners and dedicated gardeners in the San Francisco Bay Area have been planning a response to our increasingly dire situation with regard to extreme drought and continuing global warming. Our traditional spring garden show is for sale and will have its last event next month and, unless the show is sold, there will be no public venue for some very talented and inventive garden designers and architects on the West Coast to showcase their designs. And nowhere for us horticultural groupies to get together in the open air and make our opinions known.

    At last we have good news.

    We are hugely delighted to announce that The Late Show Gardens will take place at Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Highway 121, Sonoma, CA 95476 on September 18, 19 and 20, 2009. A Preview Party kicks off the Show on Thursday, September 17 with music, raffles, champagne, food, fun and fabulous gardens.

    We aim to shake up the gardening world with this spectacular event featuring the crème de la crème of West Coast design and horticultural expertise.

    As any Bay Area resident knows, California is leading the nation with its environmental legislation and green innovations. In 2009, we are facing critical environmental issues and tough economic challenges. The Late Show Gardens is calling on our most talented designers, plantsmen and thinkers to show us the way forward, to address issues of sustainability, drought and climate change and delight us with extraordinary displays of garden artistry.

    Taking place outdoors in the fall, the height of our true “Indian” summer, TLSG offers an ideal setting for spending a lovely day enjoying the gardens, hearing an informative lecture from one of our many wonderful speakers and shopping for the latest in must have plants and artifacts amongst our 30 carefully chosen vendors.

    We expect 7,500 attendees for this exciting three-day event. Show proceeds will go to the Trust for Public Land’s new Balboa Park. This park in San Francisco’s Excelsior district will help change a blighted area, with the highest concentration of children in the city, by providing a sorely needed respite. The Garden Conservancy, with its mandate of care and preservation of important gardens, also will be this show’s beneficiary.

    Please see our website http://www.thelateshowgardens.org for further details.

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