Grateful Gardener

2009
05.31

You’ve been hearing us talk about Spring Fling 2009 in Chicago.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Time


Webster says a Busmans Holiday is a holiday spent in following or observing the practice of one’s usual occupation.

Gardeners and garden bloggers from across the country gathered at their second annual gathering, the Spring Fling for Garden Bloggers. This year, we were in Chicago. The best part for me is to actually meet these people that I have come to know and count as friends.

Our sponsors have been generous, many are lawn/farm/garden suppliers that we, as passionate gardeners, have known for years. For example, when I moved to a home with three acres, one of the very first things I bought was a pony Troy Built Tiller.

I used that tiller for years, and even loaned it out to a lot of neighbors. That Troy Built tiller taught me one
thing. Investing in good tools is well worth the money. Buying good garden tools makes a gardeners life easier. You don’t have to worry about tools breaking or failing when you are just starting a gardening project.

So when the garden bloggers gathered, some of the sponsors were old friends of ours. Troy built came by to say welcome and thank you. Troy Built would be singing to the choir to tell this group of gardeners about their quality products. I know their garden equipment is great. I want to thank them for their sponsorship. I didn’t win the Troy Built prize, still I’ve had years of never-fail use from their equipment.

LEHR is a new product name to me. LEHR is dedicated to a cleaner planet through environmentally friendly technology. Immediately, I know I am going to like this company.

I was lucky enough to win their propane powered eco trimmer. LEHR is committed to their customers, their neighborhoods and the environment. Everything that carries the LEHR name is designed and developed to be cleaner, greener, and more user friendly than comparable products on the market.

On my blog, Oh Grow Up!, I’ll tell you all about it. We have a one acre lot, which loosely translated means, hours of trim work every week spring to fall. A few of the other sponsors included Renees Garden, Ethel Gloves , Sunset.com and Garden Shoes Online.

We concluded the bloggers gathering with a visit to Garfield Park Conservatory. Jens Jensen (1860-1951), the architect, designed interior rooms to look like outdoor landscapes. Jensen placed plants directly in the ground and framed views by keeping the center of each room open, with a fountain or a naturalistic pond as the centerpiece.

Gardening is a lot of work. It’s our job. Our hobby, our pastime, and what we do to relax.

Guzmania ‘Sir Albert’ Bromeliad

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