On a lovely, gloomy day last week, my friend Jude and I went on expedition to the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Jude was the perfect companion, for not only is she of British origin, just like the gorgeous, Victorian-era Conservatory building itself, but she is a landscape designer and can NAME ALL THE PLANTS. Quite amazing really. And she's also gorgeous, but she refused to have her photograph taken so you'll have to make do with me, and the plants of course.
As an artist I am always on the hunt for unusual color combinations, textures and patterns. This outing offered a treasure-trove-full. I should have been wearing an arty pith helmet.
The drainage floor and my boots.
Color and pattern! Gives me the vapors.
Here I am, about to have a fit of the vapors next to a variegated something. Oh, use your imagination.
Lily pads are DEFINITELY going in a future illustration
A poisonous tableau.
Learn something new every day...
Ah! Keep that snakeroot in its cage.
Color-love. Even more intense in 'person.'
I left the Wicked Plants exhibit feeling like every plant I'd recently thought of as harmless was toxic. But it was a fun and informative show! The only thing I purchased in the gift shop was a packet of Cat Grass (oat) seeds to grow for Mr. Darcy. With luck that will stop his plant-eating ways. Because Evil lurks in the yard, oh yes it does.
The exhibit is open through October 30, 2011. For folks who can't get enough weird plant pics, I'm posting more on my Facebook page. Do you have a favorite plant? Is it toxic?