|Garden Home Retreat at Moss Mountain|
These last twelve months have held monumental moments- #2 son marries
his high school sweetheart, #3 son graduates from high school, #1 son
and his wife bring a new granddaughter into the world, #4 son takes the
acting world by storm with his scene-stealing lines as Jigger in
Carousel, I had my first book published, I got to speak at the Garden
Writers Symposium and at the highly acclaimed Northwest Flower and
Garden Show, AND I got invited to P.Allen Smith's Garden2Blog Event this
past May 1 and 2!
It has taken me at least 2 weeks to process all the events of this last week at Garden2Blog so walk
with me for a few minutes in my garden of memories and glimpse a few of
the highlights of this unique event.
|I spied a quiet garden spot as I rounded the corner of Marlsgate, home of David Garner and family. |
|Water features and statues at Marlsgate transported me from Little Rock, Arkansas to a European formal garden.|
|Pathway to a secret garden - is this calling your name? |
|Seven Sisters Rose at Marlsgate|
|Fun new and old friends - Helen Yoest, Bren Haas, Monica Milla, SHIRLEY! Bovshow (my new cohort in container design - even if we have to steal a few cuttings from P. Allen Smith's garden), and my other new friend who's name now escapes me (somebody help me out here). |
The pathways around the original garden home held delightful garden rooms, each with a charm and welcome all their own.
|One of the highlights of the trip was meeting my longtime superstar garden author Lois Chaplin, Author of |
The Southern Gardener's Book of Lists: The Best Plants for All Your Needs, Wants, and Whims
|At Allen's Garden Home Retreat we got to meet the chickens up close and personal - in their formal room.|
|Introducing the rose garden|
|So excited to finally learn about and experience planting The Earth Box. I'm excited about trying these out for the deckboxes I use in the neighborhoods where I work.|
|Late afternoon around Allen's new Laguna water feature, the light tickled the tassels of the grasses to make them dance in the sunshine.|
|Bronze fennel and stipa grass in Allen's garden|
|Even the bones of Allium are beautiful.|
where the plant nerd part really comes in: the last activity of the
event was a scavanger hunt put on by Proven Winners Plants to find
plants in Allen's garden and answer questions about them. Anyone who
knows me well knows that one of the things that I love the most in my
job/life is a good plant mystery. All those hours of research over the
years paid off - I WON AN ALL EXPENSES PAID TRIP THROUGH PROVEN WINNERS
TO THE CALIFORNIA SPRING PACK TRIALS!!!!!|
And each night, before I went to bed in my luxurious hotel room at The Capital Hotel
- dreamy toffee was left on my pillow!
"DISCLOSURE: Attendees at Garden2Blog
2012 including myself received transportation, accommodations and meals
during the event. Event sponsors provided samples and product giveaways
at no cost or obligation. All opinions are my own."