And there was plenty. Though a lot of what I saw in Chicago
was similar to what might be on the exhibit floors at a big public garden show
or, even more likely, the Garden Writers’ annual conference, there were a good
number of new or newish things that I’d love to style into my life.
For the last 9 years, we have been using the same Gardena
watering system—we have soakers, sprinklers, and standard hoses for watering 7
different areas coming from it, and it’s stood up to some pretty rough use. Their rep showed me an updated distribution system, a new spray nozzle I am
interested in trying, and some pretty blue pruners. You don’t see a lot of blue
garden tools. Keep the décor; give me tools.
Like Michele, I saw lots of gorgeous pots. But sadly, no
gorgeous lightweight pots. There are plenty of the huge ceramic ones available
around here, but I don’t believe for a second that any of them could stay safely
outside for the winter. The best I can do are the big black iron Victorian urns,
and you can’t fill your whole garden with those unless you’re going for a
certain funereal look. There has
got to be a way to make lightweight more attractive.
I was also intrigued by some new LED technology for grow
lights from Sonnylight. Their kitchen garden and hanging systems were very
pretty—sleeker and more energy efficient than the ones most commonly seen on
the market now. But I was disappointed that they did not have some LED grow lights
that could be screwed into fixtures.
That’s best for people like me who are interested in providing optimal
conditions for overwintering needier plants in an ordinary room (rather than
starting vegetables or flower seedlings inside).
There were also some living wall systems for the home
gardener. I really do like this look—both indoors and out—and, if it could be
done with minimal fuss and the right plants, I have lots of wall space ready
My lifestyle seems better already, just thinking about it.