Wait till you see what the propagators and merchants have in store for you in 2010. I’m in on the buzz about gardening. I’m in the know and I’m going to share so you can be in the know too. It’s going to take me two weeks to post about all the good stuff and get the stories to you. I promise to make you the most prepared you’ve ever been for 2010. I mean why wait for us to grow the new plants and then post about them next year–right?. Don’t you want to know now?
Since Wednesday, I’ve been working the floor of the Raleigh Convention Center here in NC. We garden writers attend workshops during part of the day and in the afternoons we meet with propagators, nurserymen, product owners, lawn and garden amendment companies, and the list goes on. Our job as garden writers is to equip you with the new and most exciting things on the market today. I take that seriously. I’ve spent hours this week just getting to know these folks and hauling plants and information packets back to my room.
The packets contain catalogs and discs about their product. Often, we get new plant cultivars to test in our garden or they give us goodies like tote bags, hand cream, lip balm, visors, and plenty more logo reminding items. I’m going to share it all with you over the coming weeks. It may be one of the best years I’ve seen in gardening.
These companies want your business and they need you to get excited about gardening. I’m excited for you. I saw huge blooms, tall strong stems, and colors like you’ve never seen before. I’m telling you now so you can go ask for them at your local garden center. They need to know you want some of this stuff. Did you know if you don’t tell them—they might not know they exist. That’s right—don’t assume your local big box or local nursery will carry some of the varieties I’m going to share with you.
Nurseries get in a rut and they want to offer tried and true varieties. This means they stick with what is safe. If you want your local nursery to be on the cutting edge then you must get active in the process. You need to say—–Hey!, I saw this cool plant on flowergardengirl’s blog and I want it. In today’s competitive world—some of this new product technology is going to waste. I think it’s cause you just didn’t know it was out there. I mean if you never tried chocolate or never saw it then how would you know to ask for it—-and all this time you could of been a chocoholic like me.
You will not be disapointed in the next series of post from the 2010 Garden Writer’s Symposium. I’ll be back soon. I am reading your comments but I’ve been working hard for you and I’m truly exhausted. It’s massive amounts of info to digest in such a short time. I do have the high quality images of the new plants to share with you but I also need to upload the information on the company behind the product.
I also would like to tell a story on each item so you’ll get to know the breeder or designer. That’s actually my favorite part. It’s intoxicating to listen to these stores. It will restore your excitement about gardening.
Got your interest peaked? It ain’t no ordinary year! Have you noticed a trend taking us back to the local garden center? I sure have. See ya real soon. Coming at you live from Raleigh, North Carolina. Good night! I’m off to bed.