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Explore Ecotourism in Orange County

Posted on March 28, 2018 | 2:52pm

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While sustainability and environmental education can sometimes mean expensive vacations to exotic locales, you might not need to do more than take a weekend trip to Southern California for an ecocentric experience. Orange County has plenty to offer the environmentally minded traveler, from exploration of California’s beautiful flora and fauna (even Bald Eagles!) to volunteering opportunities at local sanctuaries.

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Spring Has Sprung! The Southern California Garden Show at South Coast Plaza

Posted on April 28, 2016 | 11:33am

It’s the time of year where we’re all tired of cooler (or downright cold) weather and anxious to see brightly colored spring flowers, whether it’s around town or in our own gardens. The perfect place to celebrate spring is at South Coast Plaza, for the Southern California Garden Show starting today and running through May 1. Now in its 27th year, the show is held in the Crate and Barrel/Macy’s Home Store wing of the center. The show focuses on providing visitors with ideas on Southern California outdoor living, entertaining, gardening and decorating. This year’s theme is “At Home in the Garden.”

Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza

The speaker series has experts covering a range of topics from a glimpse into the fascinating world of the honey bee and its importance to the ecosystem, to tips on how to grow African violets in Southern California. You’ll also find over 50 different vendors selling plants are suited for indoor use, banzai trees, orchids, plumerias, potted plants, and even garden décor and gardening tools and accessories. If you ever were to venture here, it helps to first gain the basic knowledge from homeandgardeningguide.com for you to understand the mélange of flora you’d see there. You’ll see varieties of groups participating including The Pelegorium Society, The Begonia Society, and The Epiphyllum Society!

Special programs include:

  • Lush home and garden vignettes with Southern California’s top design experts and South Coast Plaza’s home stores: Williams-Sonoma, The Land of Nod, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Z Gallerie, Sur la Table, West Elm and Liuli Crystal Art Trends. Get design ideas from Nick Vega Landscape & Design, Camille Beehler Landscape Design, Land Vision Workshop, The Potting Shed by Carlisle, The Plant Stand, Table to Garden, Living Landscapes, Seed Landcare, Star Landscape Design and Lifestyles Landscapes
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  • Get gardening tips and advice from Jane C. Gates, Reginald Durant, Alan Piercy, who work as advisors at //treeservicesbeavercreek.com/, and see demonstrations by Chef Debbi Dubbs, Sur La Table’s Chef Kristin Leonard, and the Williams-Sonoma culinary team.
  • Bring the kids, because you’ll also find a variety of engaging children’s activities in and adjacent to The Land of Nod; past events have included a tropical bird show and plant-your-own flowers and plants to take home.

Are you going to the SoCal Garden Show? You can see the schedule here, but leave us a note in the comments to let us know your favorite part of the show!

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OC Marathon 2014

Posted on February 19, 2014 | 1:34pm

Full marathoners, half marathoners and 5k runners will return to coastal Orange County on May 5, 2014 to test their will, fortitude and fitness along a scenic race course for the annual OC Marathon.  Now in its 10th year, the race has grown each year to become one of the biggest annual events in OC with thousands of participants, volunteers and vendors.

OC Marathon 2014

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The Year of the Horse at South Coast Plaza

Posted on January 24, 2014 | 11:37am

You don’t have to travel to China to celebrate the Lunar New Year.  With a variety of festive events including live entertainment, exhibits, prizes and more, all you have to do is visit South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa to commemorate the Year of the Horse.  This year will be the fifth consecutive year that South Coast Plaza celebrates the Lunar New Year by incorporating dazzling Chinese displays throughout the shopping center, with many individual retailers offering shopping specials.

Dancers Perform for the Year of the Horse at South Coast Plaza

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Southern California Spring Garden Show – Our Interview with Pat Welsh

Posted on April 27, 2012 | 9:24am

In celebration of the 23rd Annual Southern California Garden Show in Costa Mesa, South Coast Plaza hosted a special media reception with Pat Welsh, author of Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening, Month-by-Month. We got to sit down with Pat for a few minutes to discuss her thoughts on the Spring Garden Show, and some great gardening tips!  Read on for a chance to win an autographed copy of her book!
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