Last year they met in Napa; this year they showed up in my backyard. This group of gardeners has been rendezvousing at garden destinations ever summer for 8 years, 2011 was Buffalo. Most are readers of this and many other garden blogs, but not all of them are bloggers themselves. They are, however, all participants in the GardenWeb perennials forum and call themselves the Idylls—their forum threads are also called Idylls. The reasons they chose Buffalo this year were a combination of Garden Walk and the buzz surrounding last year’s blogger meet-up.
I had no idea that there was another group sort of like our bloggers group, but it’s hardly surprising. Here’s further proof (if any were needed) that digital communications are enhancements rather than replacements for human interactions—these gardeners would probably never have met were it not for GardenWeb.
And speaking of GardenWeb. I had not been on the site for a while. The look and the feel hasn’t changed much since it was purchased by iVillage some years back. On checking Garden Voices, their blog feed, I found that there seemed to be a random selection of posts—the most recent Rant offering was from June. Otherwise, the site looked much as usual—a combo of newbie questions, long conversations, random chatting, and occasional testiness. I used to be on this site every day for quite some time, but now I’m more apt to turn to a book for an answer. And I liked GW better in the pre-iVillage days.
But I’m glad it gave birth to these meet-ups—and that this year was Buffalo.