Over the weekend, Bill and I drove to Oklahoma City to see the Home and Garden show. Bill likes me to go, and each time I do, I wonder why.
The show filled five buildings at the state fairgrounds, but you could have stuck the gardening displays into one quarter of one building, and that’s if you added the Made in Oklahoma food products. The poor Master Gardeners had a tiny booth next to Bustani Plant Farm, but at least they were a bit of green spot next to the roofing displays.
Landscapers were out in full force and one, Tony’s Tree Plantation, had a large space for his display and for some of his trees. Tony did some work for me once on my front garden, and his guys were great help getting those gigantic boulders in place. TLC Nursery had a booth as did Marcum’s, but I was a bit disappointed in the whole show. Why don’t the other great Oklahoma nurseries partake? I never did find the Oklahoma Horticulture Society. I bet they hid them behind the Pella Window dipsplay?
I found the booth for Oklahoma Gardener magazine, and I was surprised the guy working there didn’t introduce himself when I stuck out my hand. He said he’d had a busy day so perhaps that was why. The issue with my garden on the cover was on display, and I told him it was my garden and cover photo. He yawned, truly, which was a antidote my Sin of Self. I still gave him my card, and he placed it on the counter. I bet he tossed it in the trash as I walked away. It would have been fun to turn around quickly and catch him. (I hope you’re laughing because I am. It’s not good to take oneself too seriously.)
The brightest spot in the show for me was tucked way into a corner. Two women were selling metal garden art. I bought two pieces, and one now sits brightly smiling next to ‘Cl. Old Blush’ where I can see it from the window. I’m still not sure where I’ll place the rooster, but I bet I’ll find a place.
So as my friend, Helen Yoest from Tarheel Gardening said, it wasn’t a total waste.
No, not at all.