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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Learning To Tell The Story

This past week at the Seattle Garden Blogger's Fling, David Perry challenged us to tell our own story through our pictures. After hearing him speak, I spent the next several hours in a magical misty world of the Bloedel Reserve looking through my lens to frame the story that I wanted to tell. And a story did emerge, but that will be for another post when I'm not 36 hours into no sleep from the red-eye flight back from Seattle. Tonight's post is a reflection of the story that my husband heard upon my return. It seems that though the objective of this trip was to learn about, see, and record the incredible gardens of Seattle, what I seemed to enjoy the most was the relationships with fellow bloggers that grew from hearing each other's stories.

Lunch at the home of Denise Lane - a park-like garden filled with surprises at every turn.
Miss Sassypants aka Jean McWeeney

Lunch on the grounds (literally) of Dunn Gardens
Carol Michel telling stories to Anneliese Valdes and Shayna Lashway in gardens of Michelle and Christopher Epping.
Layanee and Cindy enjoy a break from the toasty 78 degree weather of Seattle.
Danielle Smith Ernest of Proven Winners Plants treated us to a blooming treat at Dragonfly Farms Nursery. She's being interview here by Theresa Loe of Growing a Greener World at the Epping's home.
Lisa Wagner and I enjoyed checking out the planters at the University Shopping Mall near Ravenna Gardens. This hanging basket is bigger than she is!
Lorene Edwards Forkner treated us to a sneak preview of her new book, Handmade Garden Projects- we got to see all the finished projects at her home
Melissa's not too sure that this un-airconditioned trailer life at Lorene's garden would last too long in her Houston environment
Katie posing beautifully and Theresa trying to sneak out of the picture. Gotcha!
Lorene welcoming us to her homeMy Molbak mates!

West Seattle Farmer's Market - Tonnemaker Family Orchard
A very special treat during lunch at Bloedel Reserve was listening Victoria Summerly's ethereal piano playing.
Dee Nash captures the moment at Bloedel Reserve

The lovely Robin Ripley at Lorene's homeSusan Cohan and Andrea Fox solved most of the world's problems in the sanctuary of Denise Lane's garden.
Helen Battersby and I are already plotting our next gardening adventure, and I'm sure she was telling me something vitally important in this picture .... oh yes, "I wish we could grow this Acuba in Canada". Friends let friends despair over unattainable plants. It's just one more excuse to meet up and commiserate together at some new incredible garden spot.

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At July 27, 2011 at 9:43 PM , Blogger Carol said...

What a great time we all had. Thank you for sharing these pictures for us to look back and fondly remember not just the gardens but the friendships, too.

At July 27, 2011 at 9:47 PM , Anonymous Jim/ArtofGardening said...

Nice to see familiar faces in your photos -- just curious to know which ones you consider to be "old." Cohan & Fox solved most of the world's problems? Are they now working on the debt crisis? I think a gardener's perspective would be welcome at this point.

At July 27, 2011 at 10:14 PM , Blogger barbara wise said...

We missed you Jim!
And being around you, Carol, is ALWAYs a treat. (Don't worry, I didn't put you in the "old" category)

At July 27, 2011 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Alison said...

So interestingly different of you to focus on the people in your post. It probably took me all of the four days to sort out who's who.

At July 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM , Anonymous Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand said...

Wonderful share Barbara wish I had been there <|;-)

At July 27, 2011 at 10:41 PM , Anonymous Mary Ann Newcomer said...


so glad to actually visit with you and share our airline stories! See you soon? xox,MA

At July 28, 2011 at 7:08 AM , Blogger Kathy said...

I'm sorry I missed Victoria's piano recital, but I'll never forget our Eeyore van driver on the way to airport. Hilarious!

At July 28, 2011 at 7:38 AM , Anonymous Layanee said...

Another Fling has passed with many scrapbook memories of people, plants and beautiful gardens.

At July 28, 2011 at 11:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

fun photos barbara! however, i will attest that susan and i were far from solving any of the world's problems(!!!) - we were simply enjoying the gardens that surrounded us and marveling in the connections we've ALL made to bring us together for the seattlefling.


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