It’s that time again! No matter if the show comes early like this year (Feb 12th – 14th), or late like last year (27th-March 1st) it still means the same thing for me: spring is here! And this year it might actually be true, our warm El Niño temperatures have had us in the 50’s more days than not, dare we believe?
The YG&P Show features hundreds vendors with their tools, gadgets, books, services and of course plants, lots and lots of plants! But that’s not the best part, the best is the seminars and they're free! You can go to the seminars without paying to get in to the show, although since you’re there you should. (if you are going here's a link to a coupon to save $2 on admission)
If you had any lingering doubt that I am a total plant geek here’s where I clear that up. Once the seminar schedule is posted on the YG&P Show website I get busy creating my own schedule, after all I can’t miss anything good, and unfortunately sometimes compromises have to be made. For example do I go listen to Dan Heims (president of Terra Nova Nurseries) talk about ‘Shade Gardening’ from 3-4, or do I only stay only until 3:30 in order to get over to listen to Roger Gossler (of Gossler Farms) speak on ‘Shrubs that Carry the Garden from Summer to Fall’? Heartbreaking choices!
And what about the “new” names that I am not familiar with? Take Lorene Edwards Forkner, she is speaking on ‘Small is the New Big: Designing Small Gardens with Large Impact’ could be good! But do I miss out on the ‘big name’ and take a chance? Decisions decisions! Here’s my current list of must sees:
There are two talks from Dan Hinkley (of Heronswood Nursery fame) ‘A Year at Windcliff’ and ‘Trees, Shrubs, Vines and Perennials for Year-Round Effect’…I plan to make it to at least one.
Sean Hogan co-founder of Cistus Nursery is always an exciting speaker and this year he is talking about ‘Bold Foliage Texture for the Small Garden.’
Local celebrity and frequent writer for Horticulture Magazine Lucy Hardiman is speaking on ‘Maximizing Space in the Garden’ and ‘Personalizing your Garden’. I can probably skip the second but who doesn’t need more information on maximizing their garden space?
Burl Mostul owner of Rare Plant Research will give a talk titled ‘A Nurseryman Goes to Africa’ and Seattle garden guru Ciscoe Morris will take us on a tour with his talk ‘Gardening in Margaritaville Adding Tropical Flair to Your Garden’
So much to learn!
Here’s my personal schedule, all mapped out with days/times/rooms numbers and alternate attractions (this is the one time a year that I actually use Excel)…