At 8:30 it was time to walk over to the Convention Center to pick up my media pass, which allowed free entry for me. Since I am a blogger who often features gardens and gardening, I qualify as "Media", so I am fulfilling my duties with the series of posts. Thanks for being my "subscribers".
Then we met up with my cousin Kris, who decided to join us this year, and entered the display hall shortly after the first rush at 9:00.
There are many aspects of this show, including huge sections of market displays of arts and crafts, gardening tools and products, plants, and even a vintage market. However the highlight of the show is always the large professionally produced display gardens. It's here where we always start, beginning with the plunge into spring in the entry hall.
Inside the main display area, you are immediately immersed in a wonderland of color.
The theme this year is Gardens Around the World, and this garden, with its wonderful use of stone, represents Ireland.
Really, I should be reporting on which landscape designers and nurseries build each garden display, but since I was also visiting with my cousin while trying to take in every plant and feature, I didn't keep track. You'll have to blame Kris. :-)
I do know that this is the garden of Dan Robinson, bonsai guru and plant collector extraordinaire.
I think we're still in Ireland.
This Asian garden was a favorite, especially because of the dragon.
Yes, that is natural and carved wood.
The Orchid Society display is always lovely. Orchids are so photogenic.
I believe this was Switzerland.
I liked the stone daisies in the lawn, but I don't think the lawn mower would.
This garden is definitely tropical, and a lovely display of what would be house plants here.
I liked the little details, like the edging of small Sansevieria and black stones above the African design covered retaining wall.
Bromeliads and fritillaria. An unusual and wonderful combination.
This small island bed had cool patterns of succulents surrounding a great stone sculpture.
We are somewhere in the Middle East now.
Tom has decided he needs a citrus tree now, to grow in his green house. He will be shopping for a Meyer lemon.
He got up close to study the tortured trees on the bonsai display.
I think this may be my favorite garden, because of the use of color, texture, and form.
This English style greenhouse is too pretty for dirt and plants. I would want it for a summer house with cushiony wicker furniture, and staff to bring me tea and crumpets.
These wonderful mossy screens surrounded the wine bar,
One of the repeated features in several gardens was the use of beautiful wood slab furniture, with what is referred to as "live edge".
I would certainly do alfresco lunch here.
That is just a quick tour of what we spent nearly two hours admiring in the display garden hall.
Look for more posts as I get to them.