This year I went to the show for TWO days! My son in-law gave me two tickets. At first I didn’t know what to do with TWO tickets, and he suggested I either invite a friend or go on two days! DUH!!!
I chose the two days because I tend to be a “loner” at things like this. I hate to wait around for someone else to finish looking when I’m ready to move on. Not only that, I’m a “Seminar” kind of gal. I’d prefer to just look around at the displays quickly; check out all the things for sale; and then head for the Seminar rooms to learn something new and see some pretty spectacular gardening photography! So, that sounded like a great idea. I did it, and I’m so very glad! I had two days of seminars, as well as checking out the displays. I attended 7 in all, and learned a LOT!
Walking into the venue has the usual effect. Scents of Spring and color enough to blow your socks off. The exhibits were lovely, as usual. Even little children find them attractive!
I went to a number of seminars about Succulents. I have chosen to make my little garden here at Horizon House an “easy care” garden, and I chose to do that with various pots filled with SUCCULENTS! In these classes however, I learned that I wasn’t exactly doing it correctly. Right now everything is growing properly, but according to the “gurus” it probably won’t last that way. So, it’s back to the drawing board for me.
I need more sand and some gravel. That might be a bit tricky, but I’m up to the challenge. I have to remember that someday, someone else may garden my little plot, and they may prefer not to have gravel! (Gravel is a nightmare to remove.) Of course, the reason I’ve chosen pots is that the soil is root-bound from a neighboring tree. There will be no cutting back of those roots, because the tree is going to STAY! SO, the pots will have to have some sand and gravel added. I’m not in any huge rush. It will wait until the weather is cooperative, to say nothing of my body!
Which brings up another seminar I attended about “Adaptive Gardening”. This is a topic I am pretty conversant with. I edited a book on this topic awhile back. It ended up never going to print because the publisher ran into rough waters…but I learned a lot. Perhaps this is a topic I should give a little talk about here at Horizon House. Maybe in June, which the Garden Committee has dubbed “Garden Month at Horizon House”.