It was super-fun attending the Independent Garden Center show. Any event that involves my partners is ipso facto fun, but I loved getting to look at stuff thousands of vendors were trying to sell here.
Of particular interest were the many absolutely spectacular pots. My biggest complaint about garden decor is that it's all too dinky–too dinky if you order it by catalog, too dinky if you try to buy it in a garden center.
This is clearly about the expense of shipping–and the doubts and tastes of the merchants in this world. Because the manufacturers…well, THEY are just ballsy.
I particularly loved the pots produced by a company called Anamese, particularly their Aegean Collection, which all looks a two thousand years old and yet is designed to withstand even rough winters outdoors…a huge issue in my part of the world, where even the biggest clay pots generally need to be emptied and lugged inside.
I also loved this rain barrel by another manufacturer. Much nicer than Gardener's Supply plastic!