Sublimation – San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 2015

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The annual San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is just around the corner and the School of Landscape Architecture’s ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter has designed yet another striking garden that we expect will be a highlight at this year’s show.

Designed by a dedicated BFA and MFA design duo, Eric Arneson and Nahal Sohbati began their design process in August of 2014 which is based upon contrast, transition, and balance. “Sublimation” is defined as the transition of a substance directly from solid to gas without passing through the intermediate liquid phase. In this installation Sublimation is redefined in the gardenscape by emphasizing the transition from solid to void and from hard to soft. Stones, gabions and bold specimen plants are juxtaposed by an ethereal sculpture, epiphytic green walls, flowing grasses, and other vegetation that thrive in the California coastal climate. Circulation throughout the garden will be a sublime experience of contrasting elements resulting in artistic harmony.

Over the course of the past few weeks, the ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter has been hard at work creating elements such as a wood serpentine bench that will serve as the focal point of the design, testing full-scale mockups of stacked gabion cages, and building the sculpture piece that will create the illusion of lifting the solid base of the garden well beyond the confines of the space.

The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show serves as a platform for exhibits by landscape architects, designers, and students from around the nation who wish to showcase their creative design process from concept to reality in a very short period of time. Over the course of five days, innovative landscapes complete with sculpture pieces, fountains, waterfalls, seating areas, native and exotic plant material, and a great deal of passion and dedication completely transform the San Mateo event Center’s large barren shell and vast concrete floors into a variety of garden oases.

The show is open to the public for one week, March 18th – 22nd and is host to more than 5-acres of designer showcase gardens. Additionally, there are a full range of seminars, exhibits, and demonstrations that provide opportunities to learn about landscape design and innovation, gardening, growing and preparing garden-fresh food, designing with flowers and creating livable outdoor spaces.

Getting to the show is easy with Caltrain! The closest Caltrain stop to the San Mateo Event Center is the Hillsdale Caltrain Station. From there you can board the courtesy show shuttle which will drop you off directly in front of the event center’s entry. For cost of tickets, show schedule, and additional show information please visit the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show Website.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!


San Francisco Flower and Garden Show Details

Where: San Mateo Event Center – 1346 Saratoga Drive San Mateo, CA 94403

When: March 18th – March 22nd

Show Hours: Wednesday March 18th – Saturday March 21st : 10 am – 7pm

Sunday March 22nd: 10 am – 6 pm


Below you’ll see photos of students working on a mock-build of the garden show installation. We can’t wait to see the project completed!