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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Back to Issue Archive
Festival of Flowers
By Donna Fossum
Visit the SAWS exhibit and receive a free water-saving plant (one per adult, while supplies last).

Join us for the 17th annual Festival of Flowers at Alzafar Shrine Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This one-stop shop for all things gardening – from gadgets and landscape supplies to informative seminars – features a unique citywide plant swap. Every year, more than 1,000 plants are exchanged with other participants.

While at the Festival of Flowers, be sure to:

  • Visit the SAWS exhibit and receive a free water-saving plant (one per adult, while supplies last).
  • Chat one-on-one with experienced gardeners at the "Ask the Experts" booth.
  • Listen to seminars by leading experts on topics such as growing olive trees and indoor plant décor.

You'll also learn the latest news in organic gardening when the state's leading experts gather for the afternoon organic roundtable. Other returning attractions include a floral design challenge, rain barrel demonstration and herb cooking.

New this year is the San Antonio Daylily Society Show and Sale.

Have cash or checks on hand for purchases as some vendors may not accept credit cards. And, don't forget your swap-worthy plants!

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Donna Fossum is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System.

Last Digit
of Street
0 or 1 Monday
2 or 3 Tuesday
4 or 5 Wednesday
6 or 7 Thursday
8 or 9 Friday
No watering on weekends with a sprinkler, soaker hose or irrigation system. Areas without a street address, such as medians and neighborhood entryways, water on Wednesday.
Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed only once a week from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated watering day as determined by your address.
Friday, May 23, 2014
0 in. Bermuda (Full Sun)
0 in. Buffalo (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Shade)
0 in. Zoysia (Full Sun)
0 in. Zoysia (Shade)
Rain benefits continue this week with established plants. No water necessary. Hand water newly planted plants. Donna Fossum, SAWS Conservation Planner.

Ask A Garden Geek
I need to remove my seasonal color. What drought-tolerant annuals should I plant?
Because annuals use the most water, we always want to minimize these in the landscape. However, remember these "P's": portulaca, purslane, petunia (VIP and 'Laura Bush' only), perennial phlox ('John Fanick' or 'Victoria') and periwinkle. These provide excellent full-sun summertime color without excessive watering.
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Seasonal Star
White Guara
(Guara lindheimeri)
White guara is a drought-tolerant perennial that prefers sun, but does well in partial shade. As the name suggests, it has white flowers that are tinted with different shades of pink. Use in combination with other perennials such as salvia and lantana or in large beds by itself.
Past Peak
Garden Angelica
(Angelica archangelica)
Garden angelica is a miraculous presence in the winter herb garden, unfurling huge glossy leaves and a lush exuberance that's hard to find in the cool season. It's a close relative of dill, fennel and parsley, commonly served as a cake decoration or candied as a treat. By May, angelica unleashes umbels of white flowers before disappearing until winter.
Event Calendar
Festival of Flowers
May 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Alzafar Shrine
901 N. Loop 1604 West
It's that time of year again for the largest citywide plant exchange. Shop for plants, landscape materials and gardening accessories, and watch demonstrations on rainwater harvesting, floral design and cooking with herbs. Admission is $6 for adults; free for children under 10. Free parking, too.
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