And, finally, the last two:
#2 Discover the personalities behind the gardens
By now you should have figured out that this is not one of those rarified, exclusive tours where you tiptoe about with a guide, teacup in hand and pinkie held high. No. Garden Walk is a gabby, democratic free-for-all. Most of the gardeners on the Walk have never seen any of the other gardens because they feel it’s their duty to stay in their own space all weekend, answering questions and discussing general topics (usually garden-related, not always). In the early days, when crowds were thinner, some gardeners served lemonade, wine, iced coffee, even martinis (I kid you not). Now, with so many, we try to keep some pitchers of water handy, but we still have time to talk—passionately—about plants and gardening to any and all comers.
You’ll get to talk to Ellie, whose entire garden is a container, made possible with rock dust; Lou, who has been asked to market his hand-designed tea house; Jen and Jim, who might be going a bit far with the whole Victorian thing; Le and An, who have the most colorful garden I have ever seen anywhere, and many, many others.
#1 Meet your bloggers
You can’t always be virtual. In Western New York, we have regular get-togethers of the blogging community, which has grown quite large—it keeps things lively and reenergizes our online interactions. Susan, Michele, Amy, and I are really looking forward to meeting each other for the first time, and we hope to see a few other garden bloggers as well. With or without hippie chick dancing.
As devotees of an occupation that is all about getting our hands in the dirt, it wouldn’t be right to limit our communications to the sterile world of the keyboard.
OK, this is it about Garden Walk, FOR NOW. Over my next few posts, I’ll be reporting on a recent trip to Plant Delights/Juniper Level Botanic Gardens in North Carolina and my brief interview with proprietor Tony Avent.