Posts Tagged ‘flower’

A Riot of Color in Foggy, Foggy Golden Gate Park: It’s August in the Dahlia Dell! – Big Flower Show Coming Aug. 17-18, 2013

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

As it looks this season:

All the deets:

August 17th & 18th, 2013, Dahlia Society of California, County Fair Building/Golden Gate Park, 9th & Lincoln Avenues, San Francisco

But whatever you do, don’t ask about the Walk of Shame at the next meeting! It’s just too shameful:

“Program: Deborah will present her interactive Walk of Shame where you learn which are major show sins and which are minor ones.”

Now check out the flowery language used to make the dahlia San Francisco’s official flower:

“The dahlia partakes essentially of the character of our beloved city, in birth, breeding, and habit, for it was originally Mexican, carried thence to Spain, to France and England in turn, being changed in the process from a simple daisylike wild flower to a cosmopolitan beauty.”

As seen just east of our Conservatory of Flowers:

Golden Gate Park has tons of dahlia now – check out the Yelp-approved Dahlia Dell when you have the chance.

An annual eardrum buzz in GGP:

Colour hidden in the park.

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See you there!

OMG, the Giant “Kinetic Red Lotus” Just Arrived at Civic Center – “Phantoms of Asia” Will Open Soon at Our Asian Art Museum

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

The Asian Art Museum Blog has the news about the big new piece that’s just been installed in Civic Center. It’s all a part of Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past, which starts May 18th, 2012 at the Asian Art Museum.

Here’s the video of them installing it yesterday afternoon:

And here’s what it looked like yesterday evening:

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The HuffPo has the story:

“Timed to coincide with the Asian Art Museum‘s Phantoms of Asia exhibition, Civic Center Plaza will soon play host to Korean artist Choi Jeon Hwa’s Breathing Flower sculpture–a 24-foot tall, bright red recreation of a lotus flower with motorized petals set up to open and close throughout the course of the day.

curatorial statement from the Asian Art Museum details some of the meaning behind the work:

“Looking closely at this large lotus by artist Choi Jeong Hwa one notices that it appears to be full of life, its petals slowly inhaling and exhaling. This is typical of the work of Choi, who takes pleasure in giving new life and meaning to otherwise inanimate and disregarded materials. Long a familiar flower in Asia and associated with both Hindu and Buddhist mythology, the lotus is remarkable for its ability to emerge from murky waters and mud, and blossom into an elegant flower. Choi created his lotus from everyday materials that, unlike a real lotus, will never disintegrate and die, and ultimately urge the viewer to meditate on the beauty and fragility of the natural world around us.”

Here’s What the San Francisco Botanical Garden Looked Like Before They Started Charging $7 Per Day Admission

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

This is from before the time they put up the tollbooths. (I’ve stopped going there myself, a kind of boycott, I suppose.)

These days the place is a ghost town and all the docents are upset about the big change.

Oh well.

Attendance is “less than anticipated” but the people who did the anticipating knew they were lying so I don’t know how you score that one.

Oh well.

California Poppy by David Yu

Friday, November 4th, 2011

California Poppy by David Yu:

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The Dahlia is the Official Flower of San Francisco, So Why is This Year’s Show in Freaking San Jose?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

(You know what, girlfriend, I’m just raising the issue on this one, I don’t have all the deets.)

So, we’ve got the official flower of San Francisco busting out in Golden Gate Park right now, you know, a burst of late summer color just when most of the other flowers in GGP have gone away, and now I see that our big annual show, the American Dahlia Society National Dahlia Festival and Competition, is going to be way down there in San Jose this year on August 20-21?

So, we’ve got a whole bunch of dahlia sitting out there in Golden Gate Park (right there just east of the Conservatory of Flowers, you know that building what cost $25,000,000 to fix up) right now and we’ve got a Hall of Flowers Building right there near 9th Avenue and Lincoln as a place to host the show, as per usual, but we don’t have the show in 2011?

I cry foul.

What did you do, Rec and Park, drive away yet another event? You know, with your fees and whatnot?

I cry foul once again.

Anywho, here’s a big old bumblebee what just looooves our Dahlia Garden. But look out for that stinger – don’t mess with Texas!

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Speaking of which, we’ve also fee’d away other annual traditions, like when we sent the Love Parade over to the East Bay. You know, after just killing last year’s effort outright. Good-bye LovEvolution.

Looking at you, Rec and Park, looking at you, MayorWilleBrownGavinNewsomEdleeDowntown dynasty:

Via W. Kilinger’s Photostream 

Sometimes I just don’t know.

J’accuse!

J’accuse J’accuse J’accuse!

What will we lose next?

Gorgeous Cactus: The Cacti of Golden Gate Park are Blooming – Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Pinks…

Friday, July 8th, 2011

See?

From what they used to call the Mexican Garden in what they used to call Strybing Arboretum, which, for seven decades and up until just last year, used to have free admission:

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Thank Gaia California’s License Plates Aren’t All Preachy, the Way Colorado’s Are

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I don’t know, man. Am I supposed to know that this is a columbine flower? (Well, I suppose I do now, oh well.)

But apparently, this isn’t the preachy message I thought it was.

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Apparently.

Dahlia Show Coming to the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park This Weekend

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Check out the flowery language used to make the dahlia San Francisco’s official flower:

“The dahlia partakes essentially of the character of our beloved city, in birth, breeding, and habit, for it was originally Mexican, carried thence to Spain, to France and England in turn, being changed in the process from a simple daisylike wild flower to a cosmopolitan beauty.”

As seen near the Conservatory of Flowers:

Well, O.K. then. Golden Gate Park has tons of dahlia these days – check out the Yelp-approved Dahlia Dell when you have the chance. And also check out the upcoming flower show:

The annual Dahlia Show will take place on Saturday, August 21, 2010, from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Hall of Flowers, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way.”

An annual eardrum buzz in GGP:

See you there.

A riot of late-summer colour hidden in the park.

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Delivery Map Redlining in San Francisco – Comparing Amici’s Pizza with TCB Courier

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Via Mission Mission (the blog so nice they named it twice), comes word of a new delivery map for the newish, bicycle-only TCB Courier delivery service.

So now there are more YESes and fewer NOs when you’re a-hankering for Chinese at 1:00 AM. TCB has neatly skirted the Western Addition north of Turk Street, but this map doesn’t have any redlined “no-service” areas and it doesn’t look at all gerrymandered. 

Hai, chizu!:

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How does that compare to a delivery map from an outfit like, let’s say, Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria?

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So it’s No Pizza For You in the Western A all the time and no night-time pizza for you in the Tenderloin, aka “Theater District,” and the Flank, aka 6th Street from Market to Folsom, basically.

Is this kind of thing legal in San Francisco and/or America? Oh yes.

But what about a San Francisco taxi driver? Can he or she just say, “No, I don’t take paying customers to the Fillmore or the “Loin – too dangerous” – like, is that Kosher?

Hells no! That’s a misdemeanor called Failure to Convey and that will put a hack in the hoosegow.

Anyway, how can you Loiners get your East Coast-style pie from Amici’s? Maybe you could call up TCB and see if they will accommodate ya?

Just ring them up at (415) 797-2255. Who knows, maybe they’ll have some kind of solution for you shut-ins. Maybe they’ll have a way of getting some almost-as-good, piping hot, west coast ‘za to your door.

One Call Does It All!

The Ridiculously-Colored Red, Purple, Green and Yellow Plants of Strybing Arboretum

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Dig these crazy colors, man.

As seen at San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park

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