As you may remember, when traveling I like to drop in the orange big box store (or similar) to take the gardening pulse of the area. To find out what the average (non-nursery and plant crazed), home owner might see and decide to take home. Last September, while in Oakland, I had a little time to kill before picking Andrew up (from a bookstore of course) and remembered seeing a Home Depot near the freeway. What I wasn't expecting was to find more of this...
The work of Mark Bulwinkle, the artist I mentioned yesterday in my post about The Dry Garden.
Of course I then needed to spend a little time online, finding out more about this guy and what his artwork is doing in a Home Depot parking lot. I spent a lot of time on his website, and found this page with pictures of the artwork at the plaza, seems I missed a few!
I also missed the dedication plaque which reads "In 1992 the American artist, Mark Bulwinkle, created the steel sculptures you see here and throughout the parking lots of The East Bay Bridge Shopping Center. To all the children who lived on his block in Oakland, Mr. Bulwinkle dedicated these sculptures. Peace and Happiness."
If you followed the link above you may have also ended up on the page with the artists comments on the shopping center project, worth the read, I think.
So eventually I made it over to the big box store...
Where I saw "#1 Backyard Cactus Asstd"...I wonder why it has to go in the backyard?
Agave celsii, not nearly as sexy as yesterday's Agave celsii var. albicans...
I kind of liked the branding.
Yes these Echinocactus grusonii were also only $5.98. Damn.
Furcraea gigantea 'Striata'
I can't find a whole lot of information backing up that name, but I bought one.
Agave vilmoriniana. I almost bought one of these too, but as usual with the big box plants they looked pretty roughed up.
Of course there were these. It was fall after all. Don't people demand them?
This garden (the garden of snakes) was nearby, I wonder if anyone has driven by it and then felt the need to buy several of these?
Crinum x 'purple dream' - I had two, last winter wasn't nice to them.
When finished with the plants I walked to the end of the parking lot to photograph the rest of these.
Before I go I'll share one more link: Flowerland, a little story cut from steel it's fun.
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