Monday, December 21, 2009
Specialty Paphiopedilum or "Lady Slipper" orchids have arrived at Exotic Plants in quantities. These gorgeous orchids look difficult but are one of the easiest orchids to grow indoors. They are often one of the longest blooming orchids and are available in a wide variety of colors. Come on in and take a look, if you decide to take one home ... as always ... all of our orchids come with a detailed care instruction sheet. Maybe your princess needs a "slipper" this holiday!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Here are a few tips:
* Place the poinsettia where it will receive good indirect sunlight in your home.
* Keep them away from large warm or cold drafts.
* Ideally poinsettias prefer daytime temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees. and don't like ANY temps below 50.
* Then check the soil daily, to make sure it is damp. Never allow them to sit in water and water when dry.
And an interesting fact: Poinsettias were introduced to the United States in 1825 by our first ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsette.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Hope to see you!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Join us for the joyful art of Tina Jalalian at our Second Saturday Art Reception,
location. The reception will honor the work of new artist, Tina Jalalian. Her talent with watercolor veil, oil, and pastel mediums will easily bring joy and beauty to your eye.
This evening will also feature the art of local artists Lelia Velianitis, Alexis Genung, Don Monzon and Craig Burr. And will be a special evening showing a wide variety of landscapes, florals, new sculpture, custom jewelry, photography, small prints and affordable greeting cards. Come enjoy the art, music and refreshments in our tropical paradise!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Just received a large shipment of exotic plants and orchids from our specialty growers. Come in and enjoy the many new & beautiful plants. Featuring a special of 20% off all plants 4 feet or taller during the month of October. And don't forget "You haven't gone green until the plants arrive" ... live tropical house plants remove toxins from your home and provide oxygen! What an easy way to live a healthier life. Exotic Plants always offers free advice on picking the right plant for your space and care instructions, to make sure your plant thrives at home!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Artist Lelia Velianitis joined us this Second Saturday to share her creative art in a wide range of mediums. It was a pleasant evening of art, wine, music and plants. Her art will be on display through the month of September. Please stop by to enjoy her many treasures through out the store!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Funny how these days and months and years cycle around...but here we are, and we're preparing a new art show. Again! Last months opening with the Hohlax Trio was such a pleasure. Life as it's meant to be! If you missed their performance you can still catch them on their MySpace site, where their CD's are also for sale.
Our Show for August, Summer's Song, opens on August 8th. We'll have some of our favorite artists displaying their work...Alexis Genung, Andy Staffas, Linda Kleeman and Don Monzon, plus some surprises, as well. We're working on getting some more live music since that was so fun last month, plus refreshments from the garden. Summer's song is all about bees buzzing and lazy warm days, welcome evening breezes and late setting suns. Come spend it with us!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
From Athens, Greece, The Hohlax Trio
Featuring works of art by Greek-American artists
Alexis Scandalis Genung and Andreas "Andy" Saffas
Join us for our 2nd Saturday reception from 6 - 9 pm on July 11th for art, luscious tropical plants, refreshments and live music!
Greek Island Art opens Saturday July 11th
and will run through August 4th
(at the corner of Howe & Alta Arden next to Cost Plus...see map)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The first two pictures are of artist's proofs or limited editions available in the shop during the show. This last one, Grouse Falls on the American River, is available by special order. While it can be made smaller, it was originally meant to be the size of a full wall.
Of course, we also have beautiful exotic plants if you're looking to create an indoor paradise for the Dad in your life. Come by anytime...we'll be happy to help you.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
All Mothers will receive a FREE framable greeting card by Alexis Genung!
Join us for art, luscious tropical plants, refreshments and good company!
Saturday May 9th, open from 9 am - 10 pm
Opening Reception from 6 - 9 pm
(The show will be ongoing thru June 11th)
Featuring the work of women who are artist and mother
Neata Antonelli, Linda Kleeman, Alexis Genung, Silvia Trujillo
1833-A Howe Avenue Sacramento, CA 95825
(at the corner of Howe & Alta Arden next to Cost Plus)
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Save an orchid’s life, learn how to care for and re-bloom your orchid
the organic way. Kifumi Keppler, owner of Exotic Plants, with 35+ years
experience will lead this easy orchid care workshop. Saturday, April 25th
at 1 pm. Please RSVP to 916-922-4769.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Exotic Plants' newest art show will open on April 11th and will feature acclaimed artist and interior decorator, Linda Kleeman. Also on display will be the works of John McGinley, Alexis Genung, Silvia Trujillo, Craig Burr and Don Monzon.
We chose this theme because it is so reflective of the Exotic Plants' viewpoint. The plants and art we display evoke a world view. Earth Day is April 22nd, and we're very excited to be creating this month's show with that in mind. - Kifumi Keppler, owner of Exotic Plants.
Note: There is still time to enter our "Get Some Green" drawing (on the right) for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate! Drawing will be held on April 15
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
...on the far side of the hill, and especially at Exotic Plants! Really green, and really beautiful! Join us on March 14th from 6 - 9 pm as we celebrate the greenest season of the year at our 2nd Saturday art show, "It's Green They Say...", featuring the art of John McGinley, Alexis Genung, Craig Burr and Silvia Trujillo. Refreshments will be served.
Be sure to enter our "Get Some Green" drawing on the right for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Silvia Trujillo, Painter:
Craig Burr, Photographer:
Alexis Genung, Painter:
Don Monzon, Sculptor:
And, as always, the living beauty of exotic plants.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Join us for art, orchids, music, refreshments and good company!
February 14th from 10 to 9pm
Artists' Reception from 6 to 9pm
Featuring the works of our guest artists:
Alexis Genung, Painter
Craig Burr, Photography
Don Monzon, Sculptor
Sylvia Trujillo, Painter
Call for more details: (916) 922-4769
Delicious, yummy cocktail truffles in their own little heart-shaped box
and a lovely orchid of your choosing.
The chocolates come from locally-owned, Capital Confections, a favorite
where they make their own chocolates!
We have them in the store right now...
...maybe you should come in and take a look? perhaps a taste?
Our Valentine's Special starts at $39.
Friday, January 30, 2009
some look like daffodils,
some look like Venus Flytraps,
...but, all look beautiful.
We'll be posting more info soon, but for now, mark your calendar for our special Valentine's Day event:
2nd Saturday Art and Orchid Show
10am to 9pm
Reception from 6pm to 9pm
(For a map to our store, see "How to Reach Us" on the right)
Monday, January 26, 2009
Today begins the new Chinese year. Based on the lunar and solar cycles, it is the longest chronological record in history. It starts with the 1st new moon after the winter solstice and ends 15 days later with the full moon.
This 15th day is also known as the Lantern Festival and is the traditional day of the...Parade... Dragons! Lanterns! Excitement! In San Francisco, the parade will be on Saturday, February 7th.
At Exotic Plants, we have plants and art to bring the beauty of Asia and other exotic places into your life. Do visit us.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
100 Flower Blossoms
This dish is meant to wish you a blossoming and beautiful beginning in the New Year. Mom chose broccoli and cauliflower for their plentiful florets, and the carrot slices to add an important splash of vibrant color to the dish. The swirly egg white sauce is luxurious; you also can add cooked crab meat to the sauce, which is what my mom prefers. J.H.
In northern China, tea eggs symbolize golden nuggets and prosperity. The eggs are hard boiled first, then the shell is gently cracked and simmered in a black tea-soy sauce mixture. Once you peel off the shell, a beautiful marbled design emerges on the egg. J.H.
Crispy Egg Rolls
No celebration would be complete without my mom's famous egg rolls. Stacked together, they look like gold bars and symbolize wealth. The most important thing is to make sure you get the correct wrappers. Find them at an Asian market, in the freezer section. J.H.
Stir Fried Shrimp with Ketchup Sauce
The word for shrimp in Chinese is "ha," which of course symbolizes happiness! Mom wanted to make sure that I included this dish for you because she wishes you a fabulous year full of joy and laughter. By the way, in Asian cooking, color has significance. You might think that garnish is a waste of food, however a Chinese dish must be balanced in both taste and in looks. For example, this shrimp dish is very red, and Mom asked me to serve it on a bed of crisp, green shredded lettuce because it was important to balance the vivid red with another color and texture, especially for Chinese New Year. (Eye roll ...I know, crazy Chinese, eh? J.H.
The tradition of spending time with one's family and honoring both the older and younger generations and preparing oneself spiritually for the new year is a lovely one. To find out more ways to bring this culture to your home, visit Amazon.com. Here are some tempting choices! Gung Hei Fat Choy!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
On this auspicious day, we acknowledge our new president,
Barak Obama. Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. Those born in ox years tend to be painters, engineers, and architects. They are stable, fearless, obstinate, hard-working and friendly. President Obama's birthday is August 4, 1961...you guessed it, the year of the Ox!
For more info about the Chinese calendar, visit info please
Gung Hei Fat Choy!
15% Discount on All Blooming Plants Thru February 28th
Chinese New Year is a rich and complex holiday, filled with family, renewal, beauty and merriment. The celebration is both the start of the new year and the anticipation of spring.
"Every traditional Chinese household should also have live blooming plants to symbolize rebirth and new growth. Flowers are believed to be symbolic of wealth and high positions in one's career. Lucky is the home with a plant that blooms on New Year's Day, for that foretells a year of prosperity." (from the University of Victoria website)
Please join us as we explore this celebration. Each day until January 26th we will have a post...details of California celebrations, recipes, history, and for sure pictures from our retail store which has lovely asian art as well as, ta da... BLOOMING PLANTS!
Gung Hei Fat Choy!
15% Discount on All Blooming Plants Thru February 28th