Pink Jade

Schedule This schedule is subject to change until fixed and final in Spring of 2004

Thursday, September 9

1:00pm-5:00pm Bus trip to Golden Gate Park and the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and Strybing Arboretum where we break into small group led by docents who will show many species and hybrid fuchsias that are growing there. Then we will visit the Fuchsia Dell where there are memorial benches to two AFS members, Bella O‘Neill and Sandy Trief as well as wild bushes of fuchsias. After a stop at the newly restored San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers we will then drive over the Golden Gate Bridge for a “photo op” at the North Scenic Outlook. Price includes docent fee and all entrance tickets. Price: $25 per person.

8:30pm-10pm Crafts Room

Friday, September 10

8:30am-11:30am Speakers, slide shows and seminars

12n-1pm Lunch

1pm-5:30pm Bus Tour to Bonfante Gardens in Gilroy. We will have a personal tour of Bonfante Gardens breaking into small groups led by docents as the park is not open to the public on Friday. We will see the famous “circus trees” , Conservatory, gardens and lakes as well as view short movies of how the park was built and planted, area conditions and how the park is maintained. There is a moderate amount of walking to see all the exhibits in the park. Price: $35 per person.

7pm Dinner with entertainment

8:30pm-10pm Crafts Room

Saturday, September 11

8:30am-11:30am Speakers, slide shows and seminars

12n-1pm Lunch

1:00pm-5:00pm Bus tour to two private gardens on the Peninsula then to San Mateo’s Central Park where they have a large walled Japanese Garden, a rose garden, many species of California trees and the San Mateo Aboretum. The Arboretum Society will have their gardens and the greenhouse open where they have a large selection of indoor and outdoor plants reasonably priced, ie $2 for 4” plants and $3 for gallon plants. Price: $20 per person.

6pm-7pm President’s Reception

7pm Dinner and raffle drawing. Wear your best fuchsia finery!

9pm Hospitality room

Sunday, September 12

11:00am-5:00pm Bus trip to Obester Winery in Half Moon Bay where we will have a picnic box lunch and a flower pairing wine tasting. Obester Winery has a picnic area with tables and benches under trees with two bocce ball courts (bocce ball experts will teach the game) for our exclusive use. There are even fuchsias around the boutique winery. Our exclusive wine tasting will pair edible flowers with the winery’s signature wines. For example, fuchsias are paired with Obester champagne. Soft drinks are provided and they have a sales room for purchase of Obester wine. On the way back to the hotel we will visit Half Moon Bay Nursery one of the largest in the area, featuring all types of indoor and outdoor plants and supplies as well as fuchsias. Price $48.00 per person including lunch and wine tasting.

Monday, September 13

10am-5:30pm Bus Tour and Lunch at Antonelli Brothers Begonia Gardens Nursery. Don't be fooled by the name as a third of their stock are fuchsias. In fact, all fuchsia purchases will be 50% off choosing from 1’ bands to full-size standards. We will have delli box lunches with sodas surrounded by flowering plants in their greenhouses while enjoying a live jazz combo. On the way back to the hotel we will visit two private gardens. Price: $42 per person.

“Fuchsias, Like Friendships Need Special Care”

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