San Francisco Botanical Garden

I went to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park today with my mom.  It’s free for SF residents (a price I can totally get behind), and discounted for seniors and families.  They have 8,500 different plants from around the world, and apparently something is always in bloom.  Some of the eye catching things were the spiral aloe, a tree that looked like a flaky croissant, a bamboo forest, and calla lilies that were taller than me (not pictured).  It’s definitely a maze worth getting lost in!

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Bouquets to Art, De Young Museum

Today I went to the Bouquets to Art exhibit at the De Young Museum, which closes tomorrow.  If you can make, go!  I realized in following the floral arrangements around the museum, that I had never seen a lot of the permanent collection.  The three-dimensional works bring new life to so many old works.

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© Sarah Milstein 2018

Portland Wedding

I went to my good friend Erin’s backyard wedding in Portland this weekend.  Erin looked gorgeous as always and her wedding was so intimate and fun.  Her husband Ian owns Coco Donuts, so their whole house smelled of sweet, delicious fried goodness.  As party favors, they gave out donuts and whole coffee beans roasted by the groom!  So clever.  I had trouble pulling myself away from the flowers by Espe Floral + Foliage.  Apparently I didn’t know a peony from a garden rose.  Rookie mistake.  The florist told me she purchased the garden roses on Monday and babysat them all week.  I really need to learn what goes into babysitting flowers, because my orchid died over the weekend.

I stepped aside once the photographer arrived, so you’ll have to settle for my photos of donuts and flowers.

© Sarah Milstein 2014

University of Washington, Seattle

I went to Seattle this past weekend for my uncle’s funeral after he unexpectedly passed away on July 12.  A truly remarkable Renaissance Man–doctor, fisherman, boat and car builder, beekeeper, gardener, skier, golfer, and world traveler–he will be truly missed.  However, he’ll remain a constant source of inspiration that you can do anything you put your mind to (although I’m sure genetics played a part).  While in Seattle, I visited with my cousins, watched their kids in plays, played mini golf with them, and watched my cousin’s daughter play in a soccer tournament.  While I took mostly photos of family (which I am not posting), here are some photos from walking around the University of Washington and University Village in his honor.

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de Young Museum, San Francisco

Today I went to the de Young Museum to see the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit.  There was no photography permitted, so you’ll have to settle for my photos of the gardens and tower from outside.  I was surprised to learn that O’Keeffe had rejected the notion that her flowers were metaphors for sexuality:

“Well – I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flowers you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower – and I don’t.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Nevertheless, the museum suggests that her painting Brown and Tan Leaves (1928) represents her husband Alfred Stieglitz’s affair with Dororthy Norman, a woman 40 years his junior.  Sure, you can see it.  The young leaf (Norman) lies on top of the older, torn, and tan leaf (Stieglitz), their stems lining up, with a third smaller leaf (O’Keeffe) cast aside, away from the stem, yet hiding any imperfections on the right side of the tan leaf.  But you can’t have it both ways, if her other flowers were just flowers, then these are just leaves.  Unless of course she was painting vaginas. . .  On that note, here are some leaves and flowers.  No really, they are just leaves and flowers.

Here are a few photographs of the Ruth Asawa sculptures in the tower building at de Young.

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California.  Open Tuesdays – Sundays.

For more information about logistics, click here.  I was pleastantly surprised to find out that people with Bank of America accounts receive free general admission during the first weekend of the month.  (You still have to pay for the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit.)

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Ferry Building Farmers Market, San Francisco

The Ferry Building Farmers Market is serious business.  And by serious, I mean, wear comfortable shoes, pants with elastic, and bring bags to carry lots of stuff you will inevitably buy.  Watch out for the seagulls; they might poop on you.

One Ferry Building, San Francisco, California 94111.

Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

© Sarah Milstein 2014