A Newbie at Calscape

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With only 4 months of interior plantscaping experience on my back, my boss asks me if I want to accompany her to Calscape Expo in beautiful Palm Springs. I am honored of course, 3 days in Palm Springs sipping margaritas by the pool-side, getting massaged and spa treatment while learning about the wonders of plants. “Heck yeah, I want to go!” But then as time progresses and we near the date of the expo reality sets in when Deb goes over the schedule with me. First, we cram our days prior with double plant maintenance that we won’t be able to do once we are gone, Deb throws in a few extra jobs just for fun (actually to help off-set our being gone for 3 days) and we drive up Tuesday evening arriving at the hotel at 1am. 2am…wheels still turning…3am…4am…5am…7am…can’t sleep…8am…time to get up! It’s here, the largest interiorscape expo with seminars, work shops and a trade show all together in the comfort of your hotel. I’m excited, nervous, but most of all tired.

First thing Wednesday morning, I am thrown into an interior plantscaper’s dream of “learn hows” and “what’s new.” I’m overwhelmed, but luckily my boss seems to know just about every other person there. Deb’s been doing this for over 25 years and seems to have met only the nicest people in the industry. I am pleased when I actually do recognize a few faces, I start of feel more at home. My initial reaction to uncomfortable social situations is usually to flee, but in general everyone is so nice, friendly and in love with what they do, I feel inspired and hopeful. “Have I finally found my niche in this world?” Cautiously, I begin to feel the pull of P.I.A. Interior Plantscapers united, work hard, labor, dirt under my finger nails, tool belts, tennis shoes, hauling watering cans, dusting plants, creating, designing, beautifying space.

The seminars are engaging and the presenters inspire me. A digital imaging class I take will make sales much easier. But the design inspires me the most. Mental note: “Succulents are in!!! (YES!) Lime-green hanging Sedum mixed with a rosette formed Agave and the deep black spikes of Black Mondo Grass, now that’s a statement!” Sculpture with mixed greens, I’m hungry for more. Living, changing art, nature is my palette and your garden is my canvas. I have the urge to get up and re-do that awful pot in the foyer of our hotel, seriously what were they thinking, an 8″ Spathiphyllum in a 18″ low bowl, (it makes me cringe). I’m thinking of our clients and making a mental list of the ones that I think would be open to living art in their home or office.

The Interior Plantscaping business is not easy, but what’s better than being able to make peoples environments beautiful and love what you do. I love to create, I love people, I love plants, I love my company and I love my surroundings. I’m excited about what we do, how we do it, and proud to be a part of this industry. Calscape was a hit, it certainly wasn’t the spa-treatment I thought it was going to be, but it actually turned out much better because I was inspired, bonded with old and new friends, learned about new technology and now I’m aching for more!


2 Responses to “A Newbie at Calscape”

  1. Deb on October 13th, 2008 11:29 pm

    I loved your article, and your pictures. I am glad to have had you come with me, it made it all the more fun!!!! Soory about missing the spa treatment, want to come for a jacuzzi????

  2. Liz on March 9th, 2009 8:07 pm

    Great article Miko, it sounds as though you have found your niche. I am so, so glad, couldn’t have been replaced by anyone better. Good luck to you!