Bloomin’ Beautiful

flowersongroundsIf you are familiar with the L.A. County Fair or Fairplex, you are familiar with our resident horticulturist Don DeLano. Don is one of those amazingly creative talents we have working here at the Fair on a year-round basis. As the horticulturist, he oversees all the planting and upkeep of the flowers, trees, plants and gardens (including the fruit and vegetable gardens) we have here on our 543-acres. Don has graciously offered to share tidbits on some of the flora we have.


Today its Dombeya Wallichii, also known as the Tree Hydrangea or Tropical Hydrangea. Don says it is a fairly large growing tree that tries its best to be a giant shrub, with branches cascading to the ground.  Flowering in the spring is Southern California, it is safely grown in areas that are protected from flowers-on-grounds-march-2009-001heavy frost.  Due to its habit of flowering very early in the spring, it is susceptible to late frost which can cause heavy damage to the flowers and new foliage.  If you have a large area, it can really be a show stopper.  Care must be taken when pruning, as it’s flowers on new wood that is susceptible to frost.  There are two located on the Fairplex grounds, one in the grass area that separates the upper Administration parking lot from McKinley Avenue and the second one at the corner of the Sheraton west parking lot.

Pretty aren’t they? Stay tuned for more info and ideas from Don. And don’t forget to visit during the L.A. County Fair to see his fantastic work throughout the grounds but especially in the hillside behind the Flower & Garden Pavilion, which will take you on a Safari Adventure!

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Get A Taste of (The End of) Summer Now

sHail! Hail! Rock and Roll! (and Country and R&B). If you – my fellow fans, fanatics, groupies and hangers-on – are serious about this thing called Music, you need to be hooked up to the L.A. County Fair’s End of Summer Concert Series Club. For $15, you will receive advance notice of the Fair’s End of Summer Concert Series lineup, access to pre-sale tickets and an exclusive EOSCS T-shirt. You can join now.

The lineup is still a heavily guarded secret, but keep checking back here for hints on the great acts that will be performing at the Fair. If you’ve been to one of our concerts before, you know what a unique setting it is, with the Fair as a backdrop. We’ve had some legendary acts raise the roof (well, actually, concerts are outdoors but you know what I mean! Rock the grounds, touch the stars, make a pig squeal!). I’vwillie-nelsone seen guitar virtuoso Peter Frampton (sans hair these days) – totally awesome; Hall & Oates, with an amazing head of hair on Daryl Hall; a fun, fun, fun show with the B-52s; and last year Terri Nunn and Berlin rocked. Rihanna has performed here, as has Toby Keith, Al Green and Smokey Robinson. Sugarland, Jessica Simpson and Gavin Rossdale were here last year (yes, Gavin, deep sigh, Rossdale).

So, what are you waiting for?! Sign up now!

See you in the front row. I hope you like to dance.

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A Fair-Weather Friend

facebookWhat’s better than a friend who comes bearing the best in Fair-time gifts? Mackinac Island fudge, Hot Dogs on a Stick, super-absorbent chamois, great entertainment, Monster trucks, dinosaurs, horse racing and everything deep fried. And the answer is that same friend on Facebook.

Yes, even the L.A. County Fair has a Facebook page. We post all the latest 2009-color-logo-with-datesand greatest info on the upcoming Fair. You can also see photos and connect to our various blogs (including this super spectacular one. Hey, maybe the Fair-ey Blogster should start her own page!). Fairplex also has a page, too.

So, what are you waiting for? Add the Fair as a friend!

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