I spent last week in San Francisco at the opening of the Wicked Plants exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers. They've been working on this thing for over a year, and although I was very eager to help make it happen, in the end my role was pretty minimal: I supplied some text from the book for signs, gave them a species list and some suggests on how to find some of the more obscure plants, helped get contracts signed, and generally stood by, waiting to see what they'd come up with.
Last week was the big reveal. The day before the show opened, we had TV cameras in throughout the day to get some footage, and then there was a preview night reception for members.
Here's a news segment on the show:
And here are a few photos from opening day:
But the most exciting thing for me was, of course, the gift shop. Wicked Plants temporary tattoos! Beer glasses! T-shirts! Shot glasses! Seeds!
(Oh, and warning: The T-shirts run small. Go up a size.)Posted by Amy Stewart on April 13, 2011 at 4:58 am, in the category Taking Your Gardening Dollar, Unusually Clever People.