Independent Garden Centers of America

Hey there. Your roving reporting is checking in. I am in the fair city of Chicago for a couple days, taking in the IGC Show. Several thousand gardening peeps will be here to discuss the latest and greatest innovations in the garden center business. I am not talking big box stores, I mean the independent folks. Tomorrow is a 14 hour bus tour of the finest, most innovative nurseries in the Chicagoland area. As if I could be any more exhausted. Nothing like being over stimulated for several days in a row. With all things gardening. And more gardening.

Of course, you know and I know, I dropped the trug on posting 365 on gardening. Would you believe me if I told you I never once stopped gardening and not a day has gone by that I have not been consumed by gardening in one way or another? Please, believe me. I’ll be able to ‘splain later. Wait, let me show you now:
The Rocky Mountain Gardeners’ Resource Guide. 384 pages. Covering 600,000 square miles. THAT’S what I’ve been doing.

So, I owe you a few days of catching up. OK, it will be hard, but I’ll go to 12 garden centers tomorrow and report back to you. They are serving fresh pie at one. Yes, I’ll let you know how that goes.

BTW, I am here to present on the Top Five Hot Button Issues and Gardening in the Intermountain West:Goldilocks and the water issue: too much or not enough; hitting pay dirt; going native isn’t pretty (enough);the land of fruit and nuts; and I WANT IT NOW! I’ll elaborate later.

If you have a pressing concern you’d like me to take up, on your behalf, with these nursery folks, just say the word.

Gardening 365, and its the 227th day.

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One Response to Independent Garden Centers of America

  1. In Chicago, did you see Gethsemane Nursery at about north 96th or so? It is a block long. It’s located in the Andersonville area, the old Sewdish area. My brother lives in that area and I go over and visit Gethsemane every time I visit. And did you the Chicago Botanical Garden? If ever you are in Milwaukee, the botanical garden there worth visiting, even on a cold March day.

    It’s not that hot here in Idaho!! Actually this has been a cooler summer than most. There has been a lot of grasshoppers, yes, but I remember worse grasshopper years. I have a weeding service and the ones among my customers who have grasshopper problems are those in the hills. The lowlandsand the bench have not had them in profusion. i am just off Hill Road and they have not bothered me.

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