OTGF 2011

What will you see when you ‘Peek …Over the Garden Fence’ ?                                                                                

The new lifestyle and garden show at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Friday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Peek… Over the Garden Fence and join in the fun. Spend a glorious day in the Gardens, join our experts to learn design tips for container gardening and floral display; taste fantastic samples of ‘Garden to table’ treats from celebrity chefs; shop in our treasure trove of new and gently used garden art, furniture, accessories and tools at bargain prices.

Business owner/experts share their knowledge. Learn their secrets to success and ‘tips of their trade’ in their 30 minute presentations. 

  • Floral arranging using ‘fantastic finds’ from your garden
  • Creating tabletop garden whimsy; small & unique designer centerpieces for special events and holidays.
  • ‘Garden to Table’ luscious treats by celebrity chef.
  • ‘Rewards of container gardening’, learn Tips of the Trade to make container gardening easy.

Shop for treasures at our sale of new and gently used garden art, furniture, accessories and tools at very special prices. Open to ticket holders only.

    Some of the unique items collected for the garden art sale include:

  • Old growth redwood vertical planter
  • Tourcher
  • Specialty pavers
  • Handcrafted sphere for water feature
  • Chiminea
  • Large composter
  • Large vases & garden containers
  • Adirondack chairs
  • And much…much…more!

Tour our demonstration gardens in full summer bloom – led by specialists who will share their tricks of the trade.  Special mini-lectures and demonstrations at the Begonia & Fuchsia Display house, the Dahlia Garden and our highly producing Vegetable Garden.

Take a peek at our presenting experts…..

Diane Coughtry – Floral Design using ‘fantastic finds’ from your Garden    11:30am – 12pm & 1:15pm – 1:45pm

Diane stays closely tied to nature whether demonstrating tricks of the florist trade or sharing with fellow garden enthusiasts the flowers and plants raised in her north coast gardens,.  During her years as owner in her retail florist shop in San Anselmo, she specialized in weddings and special events, and was known for introducing new flowers and materials while showcasing garden flowers in her designs.

Diane recently completed the 3-year teacher’s course with Sogetsu School of Ikebana, a school that encourages a contemporary, sculptural quality in floral design.

Combining an experienced technical skill with a sensitive eye to nature, her presentations are both informative and inspirational to take you to your next level of individual expression through flowers. Diane looks forward to sharing with others the creative expression she has found in designing flowers, “pure pleasure”.

(Save the Date – Diane’s Floral Design workshop – October 8th- at MCBG)

Margaret Fox –– Edible Treats from Garden to Table    12:15pm – 12:45p & 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Margaret Fox, a professional in the food and hospitality business and a Mendocino local since 1975, is currently Culinary Director at Harvest Market in Fort Bragg and Mendocino. From 1977-2000, she owned Mendocino's Cafe Beaujolais, where delighted diners discovered nasturtium blossoms on salads and baby roses on desserts.  From 1996-2000 she also co-owned and ran a bed-and-breakfast inn in an Austrian castle, dividing her time between Mendocino and the Alps.

Margaret Fox teaches cooking classes in the San Francisco-Bay Area as well as hands-on cooking weekends for small groups. As a founding member of a local non-profit she coordinates fundraising events that celebrate food, wine and travel. She has written two cookbooks, Cafe Beaujolais (Ten Speed Press, 1984), Morning Food (Ten Speed Press, 1989).

Margaret will demonstrate how to make delicious drinks that include fresh herbs, and goat cheese with fresh herbs and flowers.  Margaret collected many of the herbs and flowers fresh from the Veggie Garden at the Botanical Gardens. 

Jennifer Lorton – Creating Tabletop Garden Whimsy    11am – 11:20 & 12:50 – 1:10

Artist and owner of ‘Sparkle & Posey’ 

Some may know Jennifer Lorton primarily through her paintings, and her artistry is not confined to brush on canvas. Creatively ingenious, she moves deeper—blending her proprietary plaster mixture with found objects, encaustic wax, gilding, journaling, collage and whatever strikes her in the creative moment.  Lorton’s works are filled with symbolic expressions found in the surroundings of life – winged animals, fish, grapes, flowers and plants. 

Today Jennifer will share her artistic point of view in a presentation taking items from the garden and transforming them into beautiful, creative and whimsical tabletop centerpieces. Keep an eye out for Jennifer’s magic wands!

Joyce Gilbertson - ‘Tips of the Trade’ for success with Container Gardening    11am – 11:20am & 12:50 – 1:10pm

Our friend and long time Gardens’ volunteer, Joyce Gilbertson brings 20 years of passion for container gardening to the Courtyard.  This passion combined with 10 years of owning a small business designing container gardens has given Joyce the opportunity to develop a ‘sure success’ design style.

Joyce will focus her demonstration on the nuts and bolts of container gardening – her favorite tools, fertilizers, soils and working with unusual containers.  Learn her ‘Tips of the Trade’ and her finely honed techniques that insure healthy and beautiful container gardens.

Experience….In the Gardens…… 10:30am until 1pm...(ish)

On the Plaza – Our Coast Master Gardeners will be here to answer your gardening questions.

In the Display House – Volunteers Joe and Eileen Scoot, experts in Fuchsia and Begonia gardening, will share their secrets in maintaining this beautiful and healthy collection.

In the Mediterranean Garden – Out of this World’s Martin Nakatani will bring the latest in Birding scopes.  Try the ‘Pentax Papilio’- A unique close focus binocular for viewing butterflies, insects, the Mona Lisa and birds (focuses as close as 18”).


Purchase Tickets at the Gardens Store.

$40 Day of the Event

Questions?  Please call 707-964-4352 x 10