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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!

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.

 

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! 

On the Tables of Saison: Bountiful-Local February 1, 2010

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If you were to wander to the side of Stable Cafe, just past a shipping container topped with a garden grown by yours truly, you will find Saison.  Saison (French for season) is a reservations-only restaurant that opens its doors on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Saison Floral Centerpiece

 evenings to serve the locally sourced menu of Executive Chef Joshua Skenes with the discerning and cultivated wine pairings of Sommelier Mark Bright. The feel is secret supper club meets informed elegance.  The experience is one of both intimacy and invitation: the tables are small and candle-lit while the kitchen is open and guests can be a part of the culinary magic with wine in hand.

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…

Art with Nature’s Oddities and RePurposing with Lila B. November 19, 2009

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San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2009 
Chantal Lamers
Sunday Home & Garden Feature
Art from nature’s oddities
Unexpected displays bring rooms to life

 

Baylor Chapman’s San Francisco home isn’t about formal floral centerpieces or huge houseplants. For the sought-after designer, known for sustainable gardens and floral arrangements, home is about personal touches, repurposing materials and using nature’s knickknacks to their utmost potential.

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