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Re: today


The only time I went to the show (4 - 5 years ago) My big memory was  
having to search for someone who could rescue a tank of goldfish who  
were gasping for air. Whoever designed the exhibit didn't know the  
requirements for fish!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Mar 10, 2007, at 9:36 PM, Donna wrote:

> Since it really is too soon to clean up the gardens (it will get  
> cold, snowy
> again before it is done here), DH and I headed over to the Chicago  
> Garden
> Show.
>
> I haven't been to one in the last few years due to scheduling
> issues.... and now it is put on by another group and moved to  
> Rosemont from
> Navy Pier.
>
> I have never been so disappointed.  It is about an eight the size
> it used to be.  It is more of a home show than a garden show based  
> on the
> vendors present.  They did not have all the exciting displays they  
> used
> too.... It DIDN'T even smell green! Many of the previous displayers  
> were no
> where in site.  I wasn't expecting Chevy displays nor Cannon camera  
> stuff....
> Everyone used the same stones for their displays- all raised beds  
> with similar
> plantings.... no color differences in stones or designs for the  
> raised beds.
> Most didn't even bring enough mulch/soil/something to cover the  
> pots... sigh!
> I guess it is a sign of the times.... no one for the most part was  
> even
> handing out literature let alone samples.  Even the goody bag you  
> got when you
> walked in only had *one* handout- the show program.  I used to  
> selectively
> pick up stuff while walking around and have a huge bag full....  
> this year,
> nothing!
>
> The seminars where boring and uninformative. More of a sales pitch
> than anything else.....
>
> I did like the arthritis groups display tools.  Too
> bad no one there sells them....some looked interesting for my  
> mother, as well
> as me- it appeared they would take some stress off of your knees  
> and hands.
> I did buy a ratcheting limb pruner tho.... Years ago I bought the  
> smaller hand
> pruner and do like it.
>
> They did have one vendor selling bulbs- I was
> tempted till I touched one- it was soft and thought, no, not going  
> there!
> So, is this what garden shows are like throughout the country now?
>
> Donna
>
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