The following is a letter from Goin Native Founder and President, Marianne Taylor: Dear Eco Garden Expo Sponsors, Exhibitors, Speakers, Volunteers, and Attendees,
Thanks to you, Eco Garden Expo 2015 was a smashing success! Over the two days we had over 3000 visitors stop by to learn the latest on saving water through smart gardening workshops. Over 30 speakers were on hand both days teaching a variety of garden & environmental topic ranging from ways to reduce the lawn with colorful CA friendly plants, the dangers of pesticides, smart agriculture and food security, and the benefit of eating dark Ecuadorian chocolate.
There was something for everyone. Plants sales galore lined the expo from rim to rim with lower than wholesale prices. Garden gadgets, bamboo brooms, repurposed decor, and handcrafted leather goods brought a unique artisan market quality to the event. Farm delivery services, extra virgin olive oil, and space-saving vertical gardens encouraged people to become more connected and aware of the things they eat. Hanson's Market and Front Porch Pops provided some excellent treats for attendees and exhibitors alike!
People even got hands-on experience creating a DIY flower ring, headband, necklace & wrist corsage from tiny flowers & succulents. The perfect look for proms & weddings!
All in all this was a great success! It was so great to see our friends, family, and neighbors out in Los Rios Park, learning about what we can do to be responsible stewards and also having fun! Thanks again for making this such a fun and rewarding event to throw for the people of Orange County. This year was an improvement on the last and next year will build on this year's success! If you would like to jump aboard, we would love to have anyone who wants to grow with us as a board member, exhibitor, or speaker. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!