I spent Thursday and Friday at the Garden Writers Association Region III meeting in the Wooster, OH, region. I’m a new member, so it was my first time out.
It was HANDS DOWN the best conference/convention/meeting I have ever been to. Why?
- The actual “meeting,” with housekeeping, announcements, etc., lasted about a half-hour.
- We spent the rest of the two days touring gardens.
- They gave me plants.
I mean, when I think of how many conventions I’ve attended in stuffy ballrooms where just reading the AGENDAS could put you to sleep, freezing because they always crank the A/C? Why didn’t someone tell me years ago that a meeting could be like this?
We toured Kingswood Center, Wade and Gatton Nursery (famous hosta breeders), a private garden, and the Secrest Aroboretum. I’ll admit, I took as pass on walking around the Arboretum, because it was about 40 degrees. I had brought plenty of clothes to layer, but neglected to pack a hat and gloves.
I met loads of interesting people, and I came home with a bunch of trial plants. Plant breeders give out new introductions at these meetings so that we’ll test the plants and write about them. How fabulous!