GWA Symposium/ was gas shortage
Pam and all,
It was the best conference I've been to, despite the huge crowds. It was
disappointing as usual that they didn't leave enough time to see all of the
gardens (I missed this one -
http://www.gardenfreshliving.com/2008/09/gwa-garden-tour.html ) and that
time was so short in some others, but I understand the logistics, having
organized a couple of state MG conferences, and having been on the committee
for the Regional, which also had about 600 attendees. You can't have too
many bodies in a garden at one time, so you have to have more gardens to
see. That limits the time one can spend in each.
I would have liked to have spent more time in almost all of them, but
especially the Chinese Garden http://www.portlandchinesegarden.org/ and the
We had our annual awards banquet at the zoo, and got to see the baby
Unfortunately, the docents weren't there to show us the use of native plants
for non-native animals. It was fun anyway. They have quite a collection of
large cats and it was fun to watch them acting like huge versions of
housecats. The swatting, stalking and playing behavior was strikingly
similar - and so was the napping - especially of the tigers. All three of my
big guys are sprawled around me as I write. The little one is in his crate -
I hope to be able to introduce him to the others this weekend.
Portland is a beautiful garden city. Besides being famous for its conifers
and Rhodies, it's also called the City of Roses, and it certainly is that.
Roses were blooming in almost every garden, and the ARS trial garden was
spectacular. As we rode from garden to garden on the buses, we could peer
down (or sometimes up to roof and balcony gardens) and see what was growing.
All was amazingly lush, even though their 90+ heat had just broken earlier
in the week.
Many exhibitors were offering CDs as their only press kits, a trend that I
heartily applaud. I hate sorting through piles of paper, much less carrying
it home. The All America Rose Selections went one better - they put the new
selections and the information about them on a thumb drive (a red one, of
Best product ad was for Sluggo. They didn't give a sample, but gave us a
boxed bottle of one of the very popular (and expensive! about $10 at the
hotel) local microbrews. I brought it home for Bill. The ad with it said,
"Who devours your salad and swigs your beer? "
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pam Evans" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 5:07 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - gas shortage in Atlanta
Any interesting symposium stories to share?
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