PRAIRIEFORM

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Vacant Lands installation in SF

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The site for the first Vacant Lands installation by Prairieform in San Francisco's Presidio.

We are spectacularly thrilled to announce that we will be doing our first Vacant Lands installation right here in San Francisco. The installation will be featured as part of the Architecture as Pedestal exhibition, which will be held on October 29 and 30 in the Presidio. To see a video of the site with the glorious fog rolling in, you may visit our Instagram page HERE.

With rains come blooms

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echinops lateritia in bloom at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens

With all the rain this year, the cacti at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens are putting on quite the show right now. If you have never been, now is the time to go. Not only do you get to see these insanely huge cactus flowers live and in the flesh, but you get to experience sweeping views down a canyon and out into the Bay, with the Golden Gate Bridge just shy of the horizon. And there are newts o plenty swimming in the pond in the Asian Garden area. You will be stupefied by their gentle cuteness. What’s not to love?

John Kamp

Tragic Topiary: Then and Now, 3

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Mega topiary buns in Alhambra, California, in 2010. Photo taken by John Kamp.
Golden mega-buns 2010

Mega topiary buns in Alhambra, California, in 2015. Photo taken by John Kamp.
Golden mega-buns 2015

The grass is looking brown, but the buns are still green!

John Kamp

Tragic Topiary: Then And Now, 2

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UFO topes in 2010, taken by John Kamp of Prairieform, in Alhambra, CA
UFO-on-Stick Topes 2010

UFO topes from 2015, taken by John Kamp of Prairieform, in Alhambra, CA
UFO-on-Stick Topes 2015

Despite a mega recession, and a mega drought, these UFO topes certainly haven’t skimped on products, haircuts, or panache. Still looking fabulous, and spacey!

John Kamp

Tragic Topiary: Then and Now

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People constantly wonder what those stars of yore – Kate Bush, Corey Feldman, Pauly Shore, the entire band Cinderella – now look like (Have they aged well? Gracefully? Tragically?). So it should come as no surprise that the more botanically minded of you out there have also asked and wondered how the tragic topiary of yore has aged through the years, including during times of drought. Well, we recently had a chance to revisit some of our favorite tragic topiary, and our answer: quite well. In fact, the topiary has neither grown nor evolved, its signs of aging wholly imperceptible. Let us start with the Cousin It Topes from sunny Alhambra, CA:

Tragic topiary from 2009 taken by John Kamp of Prairieform, in Alhambra, California

Cousin It topes from 2015, taken by John Kamp of Prairieform, in Alhambra, CA

Graceful aging at its finest, and not a tuft out of place.

Stay tuned for more.

John Kamp

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