Mostly it was time for everyone to catch up ourselves. But there was also talk of having garden work parties at one another's homes. This would be a great opportunity to share our gardens in person, as well as maybe get some free labor! The group also like the idea of inviting some of our local experts/celebrities to come give presentations. Gardeners are a curious lot, and when you throw blogging in the mix, there's always something to be learned. Some ideas included a photography shop (hint hint David Perry) and perhaps talks on container gardening (any takers?) We'll have to delve deeper into this.
As always, people brought things from their gardens to share. I have squat right now, so I just brought homemade chocolate chip cookies. But I scored a couple Oriental Poppies and a Black Lace Elderberry from Pill Bug's Point of View, and another 'Sugar Pie' pumpkin from Petunia's Garden. Molly from Life on Tiger Mountain brought currant cuttings as well as her wealth of all things gardening. And Karen of Greenwalks did all the planning and brought tasty food for us to much on, including adorable squirrel cookies. Very fitting for a gathering of gardeners. She also volunteers at the center and was able to get us a tour of the library, which is a fabulous source for all things gardening, from children's books to garden art. I went home with my limit of three books and plan to return soon for more!
It was decided we'll try for another gathering on March 28 at Bellevue Botanical Garden. I'll have more details in coming days, but for now I'll just send you off with a tour of some the happenings in the garden at CUH.
A lovely place to rest and enjoy your surroundings.
Winter Hazel 'Buttercup'
Stubby Tulips (some of Karen's faves)
Winter Daphne. I'm happy to say I now have one of these. I bought it, I didn't lift it from the garden!
A cheery swath of daffodils to welcome us into March.
I was in Hellebore heaven, can you tell?