Do you ever have times when there is so much to say, you don’t know where to begin?
After visiting Asheville and the Garden Bloggers Fling, I am without words. I could expound upon the food . . . . Okay, for a moment, I will. The gluten and dairy free food in Asheville rivals any I’ve eaten anywhere. Bill and I haunted the Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe every morning when we broke our fast, and we had a wonderful dinner at Posana Cafe (which was completely gluten free), but that’s not all. I also had beautiful, healthy food at every fling event. My friends took such good care of me and the other flingers who had food and other issues. They were gracious and kind, and kindness means so much when you have a food allergy or intolerance. A special thank you to Christopher, Annie, Frances and the wonderful Ashley and Greg at The Hop. You haven’t heard of the The Hop? Well, it’s the best ice cream ever, and they always have a vegan selection too. They brought ice cream in the most faboo flavors to fling events. Then, Bill and I ate ice cream in almond or coconut milk every day we were in Asheville. My flavor fave was Ginger Molasses done in almond milk (I think.) It tasted just like a creamy ginger snap. I think I gained five pounds, but it was worth every bite. I’m sorry, I forgot to take a pictures before I ate it.
Then, there were the gardens. I’m of an age and experience that I am so over the Biltmore Spell, but Asheville was full of the quirky, fun and fantastic. I saw so many gardens and enjoyed them so much I don’t know where to begin. Let’s start with Christopher’s mountain. I’ve followed Christopher’s journey with his parents and the building of his cabin on the mountain. Even if there were no gardens, and there were, I would have simply loved being there. It was a perfect late spring day. Nice and cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon. We started with a lovely lunch on the spot where Christopher is going to build his next project. Then, Bill and I walked through the woods to Bulbarella’s shaded retreat. We strolled through all the gardens, and I so wanted to take a native azalea home. Sadly, my soil is way too alkaline, and I’m over trying to make plants grow here that would rather not.
Then, we had an awesome sit-down with the folks who create the Southern Living and Sunset plant collections, along with Bailey Nurseries. They didn’t sell to us, but wanted to know what we wanted in plants. They were genuinely interested in what worked and what didn’t. What a refreshing change.
Soon, it was time to head back down the mountain and into the city where we got to go out and eat again. Life is good in Asheville. I recommend you take a trip there.