I think it’s awesome. I don’t have the time myself, anymore. I’m not sure it will be a long-term trend, but it’s fashionable now. I like to see people get passionate about any kind of gardening.
How’s business this year?
It’s not a great selling year. When gas is this high and the market is bad, gardening money is being used somewhere else. It’s a tough year for everyone in mail order, but I don’t see it creating a price increase for us yet
What about your election season catalog cover?
Sometimes we’ll avoid the political just when people expect us to be political, Avent hints.
What do you think about the Canadian pesticide ban?
That’s unfortunate. I prefer to use an educational approach, rather than banning things.
Finally, we discussed the new 36-acre section of the Juniper Level botanical gardens, and he sighed “oh, man,” when I told him I was taking home a colocasia Thailand Giant. He assured Alan (seen with Avent, above) that it could grow taller than 8 feet, discussed global warming with him, and gave me advice on how to overwinter my Giant. Wish me luck!