Garden Show Season
Drum roll please .......... It's show season !
Seattle has already had their Garden Show. Boston , Philadelphia, and San Francisco are coming up within the next few weeks.
Small and large towns across the country are organizing their garden shows in hopes of inspiring the gardening spirit and perhaps raise some much needed funds for their coffers.
I LOVE attending garden shows !
The creative garden design, the craftsmanship, the horticulture, the plant shopping, the garden club exhibits showcasing beautiful new plant introductions and the chance to inhale the intoxicating smell of spring after a long chilly winter season.
This year the San Francisco Garden show is pairing food growing, food preparation and wine with the show. - Yeah, pour me another glass of that Pinot ... locally grown of course !
I think it is a pretty good idea incorporating veggie growing considering the impact veggie gardens have had on peoples lives , especially in these recent hard economic times.
And no one ever said a vegetable garden doesn't have to be void of style and panache.
As an example have you ever seen Rosemary Verey's potager garden ? - Swoon !
Cabbage never looked so good.
I have a few practical tips to share when going Garden Show Gawking.
Where comfy shoes - You'll be walking a lot and the surface may be hard concrete.
Bring a small note pad - There may be something worth writing down.
Sling a camera over your shoulder - for those Kodak horticultural moments.
Carry a modest size sturdy tote bag for a potential purchases and the hand out literature.
Pack a lunch if you're on a budget. - that means more money for that glass of Pinot or that hot new perennial aching to go home with you.
Do you have anything to add in order to get the most out of the day or a favorite show experience ?
By the way, The Pacific Orchid Exposition in San Francisco opens today and goes through the weekend.
It's Orchid Orgasmic. ... and some pretty nice looking bromeliads too.