I travel to other gardens every time I get the chance, and there’s a method to my madness. At the first Garden2Blog, I came back with the inspiration to paint one of the arbors. Last spring, I noted Allen’s tuteurs in the borders were a lovely, soft green so this year, when faced with my tired and rusty arbor, I grabbed the spray paint and did something similar, yet different. Different garden structure, different plants, but still inspired by Moss Mountain Farm.
This year, I was wowed by Allen’s rose garden, and I hope to see it when the allee of trees matures. It won’t be long before it is fully established, and it is already beautiful due to its great bone structure. I was also inspired by how Allen and his staff designed the long borders differently this year, and how they used Proven Winners® plants. On the second day of the trip, we played several games, and many bloggers won prizes, some very cool ones from Bonnie Plants and Proven Winners®. I’m one of the Garden Gurus for Proven Winners®, so it was fun to see how my favorite plants were utilized differently than I do at home. I don’t work for Bonnie Plants, but I do plant many of their vegetables and herbs, including, for the first time this year, ‘Cubanelle’ pepper. I like how Bonnie uses a compostable pot instead of plastic. I wish more companies would. For those who wish to compost their plastic pots and keep them out of our landfills, Lowe’s has a recycling program, as does our local TLC Nursery. I bet if you took your pots back to Steve and Ruth at Bustani, they would take them too, but I digress.
One of the more creative things we did at Garden2Blog12 was a Proven Winners® scavenger hunt for prizes. Bloggers seemed to really enjoy this in spite of the early heat wave which made everyone melt.
As we were all running around trying to get the answers, I stood back for a moment and took pictures of the long garden beds. They were scrumptious, and I noticed they used a lot of my favorite Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum petunias. Allen must like that plant a lot because it was everywhere including in the rose garden and containers throughout the garden. It is such a Barbie pink color, but the best part is its charming ability to reach out and grow through other plants without choking them. I grow a lot of petunias, but it’s still my fave.
Before I go, I just wanted to show you a pic of some of Allen’s chickens.
This is a heritage breed he is trying to save, and as a fellow chicken nut, I’m glad he now has the room to further his passion for poultry including duck, geese, turkeys and chickens. My friend, Susan Cohan, has written a much more eloquent post on her visit than mine. Susan always sees things so architecturally, and that’s one of the things I love about blogging. We can all go there, but each of us sees things in our own fashion. Susan noticed how Allen and his staff work to keep the farm running. They have many sponsors, and I’m told Allen puts on a microphone right after breakfast. His film crew follows him about the farm all day. So, the entire time we were there, we were trailed by the film crew. What did I take away from this year’s Garden2Blog? Well, for one, I work very hard too, but I can’t work as hard as Allen. I still have two kids at home, and Bill would kill me. Second, I learned a lot about how the film crew works and how naturally they do videos. Something to remember when I do videos for Lowe’s and Proven Winners® and perhaps, Fiskars.
One more thing . . . next week is the Garden Bloggers Fling in Asheville. Can I get an “Oh yeah!?!” I’m so excited to see all my rowdy friends again. I almost can’t wait. Head over to the Asheville blog to see the lineup. Wonderful friends, gardens, food and photos. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Note: As with all of those who attended Garden2Blog 2012, I received transportation, accommodations and meals during the event. I did come one day early and pay for my own hotel room. Event sponsors, like Bonnie Plants and Proven Winners® provided information, samples and product giveaways at no cost or obligation. Also, as I said above, I write for Lowe’s, Proven Winners® Plants and Fiskars. Fiskars provided tools for the event, but Lowe’s was not part of the trip sponsorship.
UPDATE: Here are some other posts about the event from my rowdy friends:
Genevieve Schmidt, North Coast Gardening
Carolyn Binder, Cowlick Cottage Farm
Christopher Tidrick, From the Soil
Shawna Coronado, The Casual Gardener
Susan Cohan, Susan Cohan Gardens/Miss Rumphius’ Rules
I do wish i could visit more gardens! When I used to do more landscaping for others, I use to love all the ideas I would find! Now, I still get some inspiration from others blogs/photos, but seeing it LIVE is definitely better! I love stealing ideas! 🙂
Love the arbor, Dee! It’s been so fun reading other bloggers’ takes on G2B12. Seems that, while we all noticed different things, we all came away inspired.
Have a wonderful time in Asheville!
Thanks Linda. It was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see more friends again in NC. Loved seeing you again.
So true Carol, and I get to part with you soon. Bring on the IGT!
I like what you did with your trellis Dee, very nice! It looks like it was a good group there, I can only imagine the hi jinx you all got into! What fun! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Laura. It was a fun trip, but a lot of work. I’m now looking forward to the Garden Bloggers’ trip in Asheville.
Great post… do you have a color name for the green arbor for us? Thanks!!
Karen, on my arbor I used Leafy Rise. I know because I also used it on a DIY plant stand I did for Lowe’s. Here’s the link. I think Allen calls his “Comfort Green.”
Lisa at Greenbow
Can’t wait to see you again Dee. I am glad you are able to get away again after being at PAllens. What inspiration there. I knew they had to work long hours to keep up such a large farm. It won’t be long now.
I am amazed I’m going again after Allen’s. My suitcase is hardly unpacked. So not me to be away so much, but I can’t wait to see all my blogging friends, and especially you!
Ashville, NC. now that is something to get excited about. what a beautiful area that is. enjoy your trip and take lots of pictures.
I do love Asheville Jennie. It’s like Austin only more humid.
It doesn’t get any better than seeing great gardens with other fellow gardeners and friends, does it?