News and a little shameless self promotion (as my Jewish fairy godmother Stephanie Cohen always says “if you can’t toot your own horn a little, don’t expect anyone else to do it for you!”)…
First, a stay tuned message. Coming up in the next few weeks, you’ll be able to read about my top 15 plant picks from this past growing season. Crazy, I know. Who in their right mind (I’m not after all) would dare pick a meager 15 plants to exalt as “top picks”? I figure if anything it’ll give a snapshot recap of the past growing season and my ramblings here on the blog. You’ll see some familiar flower-faces for sure. I’ve also invited a few of my dearest hortheads to share their lists too. When the time comes, pour yourself a cup of joe and tune in for a little unabashed commentary. I do hope you’ll join in the fun with your comments too.
Second, for all Iowans (or Midwesterners for that matter), you’ll want to mark your calendars for the All-Iowa Horticulture Exposition organized by the Iowa State Horticultural Society, Iowa State University Extension, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Yours truly co-chairs the event with Gary Twedt, President of the Iowa State Horticultural Society. This grand, state fair exhibition of horticulture will take place March 19-20, 2010 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, Iowa. Please visit www.iowahort.org for more information. Also, check us out on Facebook! Keynote speakers include Stephanie Cohen and Dan Heims!
Third, check out my calendar for upcoming appearances across the country. If I’m in your area, let me know of “must see” gardens or gardeners! I love catching up with fellow green thumbs in their favorite haunts.
Fourth, speaking of travels…take a look at some of the shots below from my recent visit to the Henry Schmieder Arboretum at Delaware Valley College. I was on campus last weekend to speak about the history of iris development and breeding. Thanks very much to the Delaware Valley Iris Society for hosting such a talkative and interactive group of gardeners–plant lovers of the finest caliber!