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Re: GWA Symposium/ was gas shortage

Sounds wonderful.  Much as I hate crowds, that gathering sounds like it was
worth it.  Thanks 4 the info!

On 9/27/08, Daryl <dp2413@comcast.net> wrote:
> 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 Japanese Garden
> http://www.japanesegarden.com/
> We had our annual awards banquet at the zoo, and got to see the baby
> elephant. http://www.oregonzoo.org/
> 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
> course!)
> 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? "
> http://www.dont-drink-and-slime.com/
> d
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> 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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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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