Lurie Gardens, by Baron Reznik, Flickr.
You’ve read the appetizer version of the Chicago Spring Fling bloggers meet-up May 29-31, henceforth to be known as CSF09. Soon it will be time to commit, as final hotel arrangements are solidified, so I thought I’d share some of the highlights that are drawing me to this get-together. The meat, as it were. Yeah. Chicago … meat. That sounds right.
Mainly, of course, this is about hanging around with fellow garden bloggers, and if you don’t see the unique benefits of that, nothing I can say will convince you. I will say that last year’s Austin get-together allowed to me to see the faces and real personalities behind the blogs; it was fascinating, and started relationships that have persevered and grown since last April, so much so that I am now calling many fellow bloggers friends—after having met them face-to-face just once. Chicago will surely instigate another such chain reaction.
In terms of horticultural sightseeing, the schedule is not yet completed, but two obvious highlights so far are a Friday afternoon visit to an amazing conifer nursery, Rich’s Foxwillow Pines. Basically, we’re talking 6 acres of gorgeous rare conifers. Sigh. Then, there are the large public spaces, like the Lurie Gardens and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. There are also at least two lovely private gardens, opened just for this tour.
And then .. it’s Chicago. The last time I was there, I skipped out on my conference enough to take the architectural boat tour and grab a quick visit to the Art Institute; fortunately the conference was smart enough to include a couple of fabulous meals.
Springtime in the Midwest will be very different but just as delicious as springtime in Texas; I look forward to seeing it with many of the bloggers I have gotten to know on this site and others.