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They come in all shapes and sizes and can produce a variety of food, but it’s often plants that take center stage at the International Greenhouse Expo.
From the Sweet Rumped Grape to the Variety Plum, the growing competition at the expo is fierce.
Celebrity floral designer Floriana del Gobbo was in awe of all of the exotic offerings, telling KTLA 5’s Ana Cabrera, “I want to buy everything.”
Althea Scaramuzzi-Taffin, from Invesco Gardens, said, “I think we’re bringing all the exotic, lifestyle fun back to the nursery market with accessories for the exterior and the indoors.”
Back at the Expo, organizers wanted to show consumers everything the Exposition Park venue has to offer, and why it’s also a food-friendly event.
“It’s a showcase for the area of L.A. that’s going to be very different than places like we saw at the L.A. farmers market,” said Irene Madsen, director of media and strategic alliances at Expo.
The power of plant energy is also on display at this four-day expo. Sprawling green pavilions contained within that energy make their own water and power.
“It really is a hub for a lot of this development that’s taking place in the energy-smart space and the gardening and indoor design space,” said Jesse Lopten, president of Exposition Park U+2, the company behind the GreenField Eco-Science Ranch.
The Eco-Science Ranch uses energy-efficient lights to conserve water and energy costs and rejuvenate soil.
“It makes a lot of the nutrients, which is what’s being applied to the plants, more permeable and so they can better utilize that energy. It’s great for reduced toxicity and decreased illness,” said Tony Centeno, a science teacher at Studio City High School who got a tour of the facility.
Even more impressive are the towering sculptures, organic gardens and next-level layouts that take your breath away.
The expo opened Sunday, October 21, at Exposition Park. It continues through Wednesday, October 24. Admission is free. For more information, click here.