The San Francisco Garden Club was pleased to host renowned floral designer, Hiroto Inoue, for a Floral Fête at the Metropolitan Club on March 16, 2023.
SFGC Members and their guests were treated to whimsical and intricate, beautiful floral creations as “Funny” blended his passion for horticulture, architecture and native Japanese materials to produce an array of stunning pieces on stage. Event Chair Lisa Harris and SFGC Board President Betty Voris want to extend their thanks to Hiroto, Yoko Fukumura, a former student at CCSF and a recipient of our Alice Eastwood Grant, who worked as Hiroto’s translator and assistant, and everyone who attended this special event.
Flowers are a universal language. With that thought the SF Garden Club has gifted and beautified this city continuously. It has participated in the Golden Gate Park Botanical Garden, given educational scholarships and beautified streets and parks with many plantings. It has a long historical legacy dedicated to beautifying our city.
The SFGC, to me… I grew up in an and surrounded by gardens in Southern California. My grandparents had a garden that I could lose myself in. I would pick blackberries and pop them directly in my mouth when they were in season, a summer highlight. My mother entertained a lot and that meant that there were flowers in the house. I love the world of flowers- arranging them, smelling them, growing them, and looking at them. When I moved north twenty-five plus years ago i sought out all things floral and that included the SFGC.
In 1993, SFGC Membership Chair Lola Heer (president 1995-96) said, “Join the Club.” The orientation was at the Metropolitan Club. Curious about gardening on the West Coast, where there is never a New York winter, I attended. Lola asked which club activities we were all looking forward to. “Monthly luncheons, teas, flower demonstrations, the fabulous annual benefit.” No gardening?! The club was a social club! Ha. SFGC was greening the City of San Francisco; with money. The club founded many civic improvements, including the Conservatory of Flowers and SF Botanical Garden. Impressed, I jumped aboard. Join me.