Last night I had the opportunity to tour the Yard, Garden & Patio Show before it opens on Friday. The vendors were busy setting up, and the display gardens were being built, it was a behind the scenes “sneak peak.” It’s no secret to anyone who knows me (or read my blog last February) that I love this show. I look forward to its officially kicking off another season of gardening. Last night I enjoyed the opportunity to see it from another perspective, that of the ones who create the magic. I’m afraid I would never make it as a reporter, they are supposed to capture the facts right? This is where I should be sharing the names of all the hard-working, talented and excited people I met. But the cold hard truth is I was blinded by the plants (and overwhelmed by the smell of bark dust…all 412 yards of it!) So my apologies (and sincere thanks) to those who will remain nameless. I also want to say a special thank you to all of the volunteers that make the show possible. I naively had no idea that so many people are there volunteering their creative skills and energy, thank you for making it happen!
So on with the tour!
New features in the show this year include a special section of “Curiously Cool” plants, the ones that people would stop and ask about in a display garden. Like the blazing golden Chief Joseph Pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia ‘Chief Joseph’)… And my personal favorite the Flying Dragon (Poncirus trifoliata var. montrosa ‘Flying Dragon’)… They are all gathered together and labeled, and as a bonus there is this handy little booklet that you can take with you which lists them all! Next door is another new themed display, “The Incredible Edible Garden” showcasing several methods for growing edibles in your landscape…of course my favorite was the galvanized stock tank. But I also thought this little trough on wheels was a great idea. Over in the display garden area I spotted this container, which looks like it was planted just for me! Can you spot the hidden man working in the garden? Hard to photograph but there were two large containers at the entrance to the garden with gorgeous Acacia pravissima (Oven’s Wattle) in them. I took one look at them and felt my resolve slipping away. I will be going to Garden Fever today to purchase the one I’ve been lusting after. More images of the gardens in process… On a personal note I was thrilled to see the Bauman’s Farm & Garden booth complete. Why? Because every year they have a great selection of small unique agaves at great prices, here is this year’s assortment. I’m already thinking about which one I’ll be adding to my collection. They also have a couple of not so small agaves. And this nice big Arctostaphylos Manzanita ‘Dr. Hurd’…only $89.99 to start off with a sizeable Manzanita…not bad! We finished up our tour in the area where the outdoor cooking classes will take place. The garden corner is anchored by this 100-yr old olive tree on loan from Burl Mostul of Rare Plant Research (who will be selling plants in the Remarkable Green Market section of the show, go there!) Here are a couple of my fellow sneak-peakers enjoying a glass of wine on the inventive benches while discussing those fabulous ginger plants in front of them (okay I don’t know that for sure but that’s what I wanted to talk about). If you are still on the fence about attending the show click here and take a look at this list of fabulous (FREE) seminars, there are so many talented people sharing their knowledge. Amy Stewart (author and Garden Ranter), Paul Bonine (Xera Wholesale Nursery), Maurice Horn (Joy Creek Nursery) and so many more. If you need another little push click here and you can print a coupon to save $2 off admission.
So there you have it…go to the show, you won’t regret it! It opens Friday morning and runs all weekend, heck, go all three days! I might...