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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Portland and Tacoma Invade Seattle!

One of the biggest treats for me last week, during the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, was meeting other bloggers -- Tacoma blogger Peter of The Outlaw Gardener, and two Portland bloggers, Loree of danger garden and Jane of MulchMaid. Jane even brought a bonus -- her sister Sally!

On Wednesday, the first day of the show, after an initial few minutes of confusion over which Subaru display we were supposed to be meeting at, I had lunch and then spent the rest of the afternoon with Jane and Sally, wandering around the show, checking out the vendors, and going to an excellent talk by Rebecca Sweet on creating harmony in the garden. We talked about all sorts of things -- family, jobs, etc. -- but mostly gardening. As they were getting ready to head back to Portland, we roped a kind stranger into taking a picture of us. I was thrilled to meet these two wonderful ladies!

Jane on the left, her sister Sally in the middle and me on the right

I had all of Thursday to wander the show on my own, shopping and gawking and taking more pictures. Then on Friday morning, I met Peter The Outlaw Gardener and we walked the show floor together, again talking about everything under the sun, but especially gardening. Peter had already been to the show on Wednesday as well. You really should read Peter's delightfully hilarious account of his first day in the big city at the flower show here.

The Vintage Market was of particular interest. We both have a penchant for interesting art and repurposed articles in our gardens.

Perhaps hard to see with all the "junque" loaded on it, but this cute little green cart was a temptation!


I love the idea of creating something like this little shed, or an arch or arbor, with old windows. Those old porch posts are cool too, although I wouldn't know what to make with them, I just like them!

Same with these awesome columns!

And these corbels!


At noon we met Loree who writes danger garden and went for a long lunch at the nearby Palomino Restaurant, which involved delicious food and lots of talking and laughing. After returning to the show, we roped another stranger (a different one!) into taking a photo of us together.

Me on the left, Peter in the middle and Loree on the right

It was somehow fitting that I should have meetings scheduled with two Portland bloggers, because just a day or so before the show opened, there was an announcement that next year's Garden Bloggers Fling would be in Portland, Oregon, and both Jane and Loree are on the planning committee, along with Ann of Amateur Bot-ann-ist and Scott of Rhone Street Gardens. Loree asked me at lunch what my favorite part of the Seattle Fling two years ago was, and after an initial temptation to say visiting so many fabulous gardens, I had to be truthful and say meeting other garden bloggers. Although my inclination is to be an introvert, I do crave interaction with others who share this crazy gardening bug.

If you can't make it to the San Francisco Fling this year (WooHoo! I'm going!), try try TRY to make it to Portland in 2014. When we first moved here and I started blogging, I sought out lots of local bloggers who could teach me about this brave new world of wet winters and dry summers, and that included lots of Portland bloggers. I learned all about the great private and public gardens they have and the awesome nurseries. Portland is going to be a real treat!

More great Portland-area bloggers:

Rainy Day Gardener
Gardening with Grace
Whatsitgarden
Lelo in Nopo
Garden of Discovery
Sprig to Twig

16 comments:

  1. I am excited about it being in Portland in 2014..I can go to that one, I'll come down to the Vancouver house and my mother can dog sit at her house in Portland..yippy! I don't consider myself a true gardener like you and the others but I do enjoy it all the same. xo

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  2. What fun the show was, especially spending time with you and Loree! This was a wonderful post except for that last picture. What is that amorphous bearded monster-looking thing between the two beautiful women?

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  3. Alison, I have heard such great things about the NWFGS and your pictures bear them out! I do so want to attend some year!

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    1. Cindy, if you can swing the airfare, you should come next year. If you don't mind an hour's drive into town every morning, you can even stay with me, and save on hotel bills. You would be such a fun house guest!

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  4. It was great to finally meet and hang out with you, Alison! I admire you for stepping out of your comfort zone to instigate these blogger meetups. And I was surprised to read this was your first time meeting Loree - I assumed you already knew her from the Seattle Fling. So does that mean I won't meet everyone at the SF Fling this summer? At least I'll know you when I get there!

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    1. You're right Jane I did have the pleasure of meeting Alison in Seattle during the fling. I think she just meant "meet up with"...and it might take a little work on your part but it should be completely doable for you to meet everyone at the SF gathering, and thankfully since everyone will have name tags on you should find it easy to remember there names too! (that is a problem for me)

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    2. Jane, Yep, I did meet Loree at the Fling, she's right, I just meant "meet up with." I agree with Loree that meeting everyone will take work on your part to seek everyone out and introduce yourself. Most mornings there is a lot of congregating and milling around waiting for buses, and it can get overwhelmingly loud and chaotic and cacophonous. I'm glad there will be people there too that I already know, when I went to the Fling in Seattle, I didn't know anyone.

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  5. Alison I think there's an extrovert hiding just beneath your introvert facade!

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    1. I've been wondering that myself lately.

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  6. Alison! What a wonderful way to take in the show! I'm jealous and hopeful that I'll get to meet you soon as well! Cheers, Jenni

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  7. Gardening has a way of coaxing even the shyest among us out into the open. I will table the envy of your meet-ups, since you'll all be in Portland next year.

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  8. Thanks for sharing the show with us! It looks like you had a great time. How fun to meet others in the blogging world. I most likely won't be making it to the San Francisco Fling. (Although, there's a possibility that I will) But, I'm so excited to hear it is coming to Portland next year! I'm almost certain I will attend that one.

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  9. Hi Alison! You missed the Bugs at the show, and I missed the Vintage Market! How could I? We had only several hours while our kids were at school - I guess that is why. Thanks for showing its pictures!

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  10. How fun, plant people are the best people ;-)

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  11. Hi Alison, Gosh, it looks like you had a wonderful time meeting all the fellow garden bloggers. And you look wonderful, too!

    I love the repurposed garden articles; those columns would have come in so handy around here.

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  12. It looks so much fun, especially meeting up with the other bloggers. The garden show I will be attending is the FREE Clark County PUD Home and Garden Idea Fair just north of Vancouver, WA, April 26-28, but parking does cost $6. It is in a fairground so has room for a lot of different exhibits and sales areas. Perhaps some of you Portland bloggers would like to come hang out for that. LMK.

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