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"Bonjour" from Bonnie Jo Manion
Rose Parade New Year's Day 2016, photo by Deborah Hall

Rose Parade New Year's Day 2016, photo by Deborah Hall

Practicing My Wave on the Float, photo by John Manion

Practicing My Wave on the Float, photo by John Manion

Miracle-Gro Float, Rose Parade

New Year's Day 2016

My year started off with a big "bang" after being selected to ride and symbolically represent California gardening on the Miracle-Gro Float New Year's Day in Pasadena. The float was so beautiful, incorporating several themes; 1) Certified California Grown (CA Grown) with 100% of the flowers, seeds, and materials grown in California, 2) California Spanish Missions representing the past, present, and future of the rich agricultural history of California, 3) Nature's pollinators in the form of birds, bees, and butterflies, and 4) Drought-tolerant plants.

Miracle-Gro is the Official Rose and Flower Care Company of the Tournament of Roses for the fourth year in a row. This year was special as their float won the Governor's Trophy--Best Depiction of Life in California. This historic parade draws one million spectators along the parade route and approximately 82 million television viewers.


French Country Cooking Class

Early Spring Menu

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Blue Cheese Souffle

Blue Cheese Souffle

We first "meet and greet" at a cozy local Parisian-style bakery for coffee and croissants. A ten minute drive, and we are at Domaine de Manion. Your class begins with a garden and vineyard tour while gathering some fresh ingredients for our lunch. Next we head into "my French kitchen" for a cooking class/demonstration, and a leisurely lunch. After lunch there is a chance to shop. Everyone leaves with take-home recipes, and colorful memories.  

Classes are generally 9:30am - 2pm. Cost is $150.00 per person. You can sign up online at Cooking Classes. Sign up with a friend or a loved one--to share this experience with you and receive a special discount. For information and questions, contact Bonnie at (760) 402-7600.

A Taste of French Cooking in California


Blue Cheese Souffle

Asparagus Soup with Lavender Lemon Cream

Arugula Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette

Meyer Lemon Provence Tart



San Francisco Flower Show

March 16-20, 2016

Speaking Engagements

I am so excited to speaking at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show in San Mateo, California this year, one of the best garden shows on the West Coast. Please join me for:

--Saturday, March 19, 2016 on Urban Homestead Stage, at 3:45pm, "Companion Gardening with Backyard Chickens"

--Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Floral Pavillon, at 10:30am, "Bringing the Magic of Provence to Your Home and Garden"


News & Updates From Bonnie
Thrilled to Meet Ty Pennington, Fellow Miracle-Groer and Celebrity Spokesperson

Thrilled to Meet Ty Pennington, Fellow Miracle-Groer and Celebrity Spokesperson

Kick Off to Rose Parade

I've been invited to be a float participant and what they call a "Miracle-Groer" for Miracle-Gro's "California Grown" float in this coming New Year's Tournament of Roses Parade. I will be representing California home gardening, and in a symbolic gesture will be bringing plant material and flowers from my own garden to be used on the actual float. For more info, please read my post, A Special Invitation.

Two days before Thanksgiving there was a community event "Kick Off to the Rose Parade" at the Pasadena John Muir High School's incredible school garden where there was a flurry of activities from installing a new pollinator garden, handing out turkeys to the community, a delicious garden-to-table lunch, a media opportunity, and a "Meet and Greet" with many of the "Movers and Shakers" including Miracle-Gro Executives, California Grown Officials, School Officials, Rose Bowl Officials, and Pasadena City Officials.

My fellow Miracle-Groers are Ty Pennington, Mud Baron (Heads up Pasadena School Garden Program) from Los Angeles Region, Harry Van Wingerden of Myriad Flowers from Santa Barbara Region, Mel Resendiz of Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers from San Diego County, and Susan Phillips from Fresno Region.

Second Year Miracle-Gro Has Sponsored JM High School Garden

Second Year Miracle-Gro Has Sponsored JM High School Garden

Carolyne Roehm Coming to San Diego

The Village Garden Club of La Jolla is pleased to present Style Icon and Lifestyle Maven, Carolyne Roehm for their "Meet the Masters 2016" program on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12 noon, at the Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego.

The VGCLJ opens this event to non-member or guests, reservations are $125.00 per person, which includes valet parking, luncheon, and program. Carolyne's latest book, At Home in the Garden, will be for sale and available for signing.

To make your reservation please send checks payable to VGLJ to: Bonnie Manion, 1279 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA  92024. For more information, feel free to contact Susie Dentt at (619) 447-2101 or myself, Bonnie Manion at (tel) (760) 402-7600. Feel free to pass this flyer and information to your friends. It is going to be a terrific event.