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Watch this Fall on PBS: Growing a Greener World October 11, 2011

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Recently we had the amazing opportunity to work with some of the folks behind Growing a Greener World, an inspirational series on PBS.  Each episode shares a story of how people, places and companies are using gardening and green practices to promote environmental stewardship and explores how viewers can employ these practices themselves.

The stellar crew visited our Lila B. studio, the owner, Baylor’s, deck, and our {parking} lot garden for an episode that airs this Fall. The hot topic: small space gardening.  Check out your local PBS station for forthcoming air times, but for now you can see it online.

We worked with Host Joe Lamp’l, Associate Producer Theresa Loe, and Chef Nathan Lyon.  Joe Lamp’l is (as you might have guessed) the knowledgeable and charming ‘Joe’ from Joe Gardener, so you can expect to have fun AND learn something valuable.  Nathan Lyon takes food from the gardens visited on the show and demonstrates how to cook something wonderful with the ingredients.  And… if you are wondering if he is as funny in person as he is onscreen, our answer is absolutely!  With Theresa Loe (incredible urban homesteader and gardening maven) producing, episodes are power-packed, sharing the newest, most exciting news from the sustainable gardening frontier.

They were introduced to our work by authors of a great book on vertical gardening we recommend by Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet called Garden Up!.  Susan and Rebecca are California-based writers and garden designers that are always looking for new and exciting ways to think about space and integrating the classic garden with regionally appropriate plants. They begin the episode and provide insight and tips for any person with a will to grow.

We had a great time working with everyone and we know you will really enjoy the episode.  See the slideshow for behind the scene photos and tune in for Growing a Greener World!

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2150 Folsom Street: Revisited August 14, 2011

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Guess what?  We have a new look!  We gave our loading dock a new gray-slate color to complement the Lila B logo and there are three new succulent-filled frames perched just over the entrance.

 

Baylor and her father constructed the frames using this excellent How-To from Sunset Magazine while Sophie designed the succulent arrangements.  In case you are wondering how we water them, take a tip from one of our craftiest designers, Shannon:  Nothing works like the Ultimate Vanquisher, a super soaker.

 

Garden Up! and Garden Anywhere! March 21, 2011

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TWO new fabulous publications ~ and inside ~ you’ll see a unique example of Lila B’s unique vertical gardening. Both on newsstands now!

Garden Up! by Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet. Available at your local bookstore and Amazon.

Garden Anywhere! by Sunset Magazine. On stands from now until June. Grab your copies now for loads – o – inspiration!

For hands on workshops check out Lila B’s upcoming April classes on hip terrarium making, rustic floral arranging, and urban vertical gardens.

Fun with Boutonnieres November 18, 2010

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Known by the most fashionable British men in the 18th Century as the “button hole flowers” and later coined by the French as the boutonniere, these tiny sculptural pieces were traditionally worn to ward off bad luck and evil spirits.

Sophie is our studio master in creating what we now recognize as the special-occasion-statement of masculine flair and sophistication. Here is what she has to say about the matter, from lot garden to suit lapel!

What are some of your favorite lot garden plants you use for boutonnieres?

I gather everything from our lot garden. The flowers from parsley have small florets that are quite beautiful. I like anthriscus for their delicate, fernlike quality, and the tiniest little strawberries. Achemillis mollis is one of my favorites because you can use both the broad leaf in the background and the tiny star-shaped blossoms in the center.

I like to pay attention to the various stages of flower development. Before a flower blooms, it’s bloom, and even the post bloom all can add a unique statement to the boutonniere.

Creating boutonnieres is like sculpting the smallest of masterpieces. What kinds of textures do you look for when sculpting your pieces?

I look for a variety in textures and colors. Of course I consider what is about to bloom in the garden. I like to sculpt with lots of texture- fan-shaped, fernlike, oblong, blunt, spatula-shaped, broad-leaved, slender-leaved, all yield exciting compositions.

How do you know when you have a succesfull composition?

I look for each one to be unique! A successful boutonniere will make whoever wears it feel special.

Photo credits: Lisa Leigh, Lisa Wiseman, Prima Photography, Wendy K. Yalom, and Sophie de Lignerolles.

What Grows? July 26, 2010

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Blooming favorites from our very own growing grounds known as ‘The Lot Garden’.

‘City Grown’ flowers and their fabulous June 2010 photos taken by Lila B’s Sophie de Lignerolles.

Ravishing Rudbeckia June 29, 2010

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Thanks to a few of the talents at Lila B.  ~ this arrangement glowed for a full week after Sophie grew & harvested many of these flowers (Rudbeckias, Sweet Pea, and Lupine) from our very own {parking} Lot Garden. Elizabeth then beautifully combined them with other local blooms for one of our favorite cafes in San Francisco where….they made quite a few coffee drinkers smile!

So many from our Lot April 28, 2010

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Lila B’s City Grown flowers with  touch of other locals ~ held in a handmade twig vase.

Favorites from the Lot Garden: The Smoke Tree or Cotinus Coggygria April 28, 2010

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Why we love it: The plumes of this plant make a sublime and elegant statement- providing incredibly smokey focal pieces in floral arrangements, while the leaves make perfect boutonniere backings.

You may not know: The root and the stem of this magical plant were traditionally cultivated for a vibrant yellow-orange dye.

What makes it ideal for the lot garden: This plant is not only beautiful… but very hardy.  It is quite happy in a large pot and made cheerful by a trim now and again.   The chartreuse variety stays vibrant and green, providing shade throughout the summer.

Tips for growing your own: Don’t add too much water and be sure there is fast drainage.  Watering can be infrequent and direct sun can be minimal.

City-Living: Inspiration for BobVila.com April 15, 2010

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Are you a city-dweller with a penchant for re-purposing and greening your environs?  Do you have limited space and a modest budget?  Well friends, Bob Vila has you covered and in this weeks inspiration gallery by Hillary Geronemus you can glean some techniques from our very own Lila B.Design.
Highlights include an exciting take on the vertical succulent garden and a fanciful living roof for your best friend- all from locally re-purposed materials from places like Building REsources!  Okay… so while the country may always have more plants, as long as we have a hand in things- our cities will be greener! 

a unique spin on a succulent wreath December 8, 2009

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Built into a soil filled box made from shutters found at Urban Ore
this Holiday wreath will live on and on…