Saxon Holt reports on Gardening Gone Wild about his visit to the California Pack Trials, a strangely-named event that is all about seeing the new plants that the trade is rolling out to the market. Don’t miss his photos, and check out his second post on the subject, too. And yes, Saxon, we are definitely interested in seeing "the nearly soft porn photo of two young women embracing with geranium necklaces." If you’re not gonna post it on your site, send it over here.
This is the line that really got my attention:
is not catering to the gardener who wants a few sixpacks of a carefully
chosen annuals. The industry is selling color to homeowners who want to
accessorize their living space. One marketing person was heard to tell
a retail nurseryman that they risk insulting their customer by calling
them a gardener.
Yeah, don’t you dare. They’re not gardeners; they’re consumers. Of…uh…lifestyle accessories.