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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Washington Gardener Bus Tour to Philadelphia Flower Show

Wow! Yes, that's what it was like! If you missed it (Let's face it. I think there are some of you out there who wished you had gone...), you missed a great time!

The weather looked like it might not cooperate, but far be it from an impending snow storm to keep us trusty garden travelers from our destination! Meeting at the Silver Spring Maryland Metro Station, we boarded a comfy coach bound for Philadelphia. Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine, handed out goodie bags to all of us (who knew? they were fun to get!). Inside, we found all the information we could possibly want on the flower show, the new issue of Washington Gardener Magazine, several seed packets, hand lotion, notepad, pencil, pen, candy, word games/crossword puzzles and various flyers, catalogs, etc. from garden affiliated vendors, etc.

Bottles of water came next while a video on roses entertained us. Some 'bus' prizes were handed out, among them who was earliest to the pick up point. (Here, I must interject that my neighbor and I were undoubtedly the earliest (haha), having arrived two hours early...but chose to spend our time across the street in the warmth of McDonalds vs standing out in the freezing snowstorm with inadequate coats and so were probably 'mistakenly' passed over for this prize! All in good fun!)

Before we knew it, yummy box lunches from Whole Foods were passed out. I think there may have even been a prize for whoever ate all of theirs (which would have been a task). Both Kathy and tour organizer extraordindaire Chevel Opp, made themselves available the entire time for any questions (How could there possibly be any after Kathy gave us a most informative brief?)

Before we knew it, we were at the Convention Center. With reminders of what time to meet and where to go if you wanted to also gather for dinner (optional), we headed off to our day of adventure.

In my next post, I'll tell you all about the show.

As the time drew near, my friend and I were lugging our purchases to the designated area remarking to each other that it was a shame most of the food vendors were closing at the show. We hadn't been hungry after that big lunch...until now...and we had obviously waited too late. Not to fear! Not only was our bus there ready for us to get right on....we were handed snack packs and another bottle of water! We looked at each other in amazement. Truly, our minds had been read. As we happily munched on cheese crackers, an apple, a protein bar and a piece of chocolate, we shook our heads in amazement. Truly, every detail had been thought of...even a glass of wine, if you desired one.

Riding out of town, we watched the official dvd of the 2007 Philadelphia Flower Show. It was wonderful to review what we had seen (without crowds blocking your view), learn the stories behind some of the exhibits, and even see a few things you might have missed. More prizes were handed out including "best sleeper" for our ongoing amusement.

We arrived back in Silver Spring safe and secure. Did I also mention that there was plenty of room on the bus for purchases? And, that we had the nicest driver who thanked each of us as we got off?

Too bad, those of you that missed out! Maybe you can go next year!


Naturegirl said...

I have heard of this show..we have one similar in Toronto Canada called ~Canada Blooms~ I attend every year and it is filled with all the beatiful flowers of the coming season! Vedors put up displays and visitors get up close and personal to GREAT IDEAS for the garden!I missed it darn!

Yolanda Elizabet said...

There was wine, and chocolate? Why wasn't I invited? ;-)

It looks like you had a wonderful day. Good thinking of staying cozy and warm inside at McD no point in getting frozen.

The pictures you took give a great impression of the show.

My, my, you can shop! You got a lovely apron which will come in very handy when gardening. Does it have pockets? I know just the perfect footwear to go with it. Have a look at my blog.

They do pretty packaging at Heronswood I see.

It gives you a lift, doesn't it, to see so many colourful flowers at this time of year.

Hellebores pretty!!!!

Melanie Vassallo said...

Hooray! I couldn't wait to read all about your visit to the Philadelphia Flower show. I was so sad to miss it this year but I knew I could get a small taste by reading your blog and checking out your photos.

It sounds like you had the best tour group ever! Thanks so much for sharing the beauty.


Gotta Garden said...

Ah, naturegirl but you are there in Florida having the time of your life! Somehow, seeing your pictures, I think you are seeing equally (maybe more) wonderful things plus having great weather! (I think I'd take your deal!)

Thanks for coming by!

I know, yolanda elizabet, you should have been there! I wonder why the lighting is always so bad at these shows, though...don't you think they could fix that (one day)?? But, thank you. Well, I mean, isn't shopping part of the point (hehe)??

I have a picture for you, yolanda elizabet...I should have posted it. From a Dutch bulb company's display (which you would imagine...lovely...of which, I took mostly some close ups of various in bloom bulbs)...there was a pair of cute wooden shoes under a tree...adorable!

I got a double (which made me so happy...the other two are pretty also...but, the double!)...which is very dark based on the large ones they had full of blooms (I know, why didn't I just buy the larger one?? Who knows. The thrill of getting a deal on three, I the nicest young man helped me with them...very knowledgeable).

I'm so glad you came by!

Gotta Garden said...

Hi melanie! Wasn't that something! I'm ready to go somewhere again with them! Lol!

I'm sorry you didn't get to go. Next year, come on down & stay with your sil and catch the bus with us! Wouldn't that be fun! It was really a deal, I thought, at $60 (maybe I shouldn't say that...the price will probably go up!).

Green thumb said...

Dear Gotta Garden, Yours is a very lovely blog especially the photographs of the Flower show are absolutely stunning.
I had a mixed feeling on looking at those wonderful photographs, pain on not being there in person at the same time pleasure of being able to see them on your blog.

Gotta Garden said...

Hi green thumb! Thank you for the kind words. I'm sorry you weren't able to go (this year)...maybe next year? This was my first time to go to this particular one.

Thanks for stopping by!

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