Hope you enjoy this slideshow from The Independent Garden Center Show held in Mid-August at Navy Pier in Chicago. There was so much buzz and so much energy, and I really got caught up in it. The only down side of that was the time went by so fast, I took a lot less photos than in previous years.
What a thrill being able to attend this show for the last three years. Although it's closed to the general public, a number of garden bloggers are provided with press passes. This year's show was friendlier, bigger, and better than ever, with more garden bloggers/garden writers in attendance than ever. It's a wonderful opportunity to see what's new and what's coming to local, independent garden centers around the country in 2012.
It was so much fun meeting up with old and new friends, and chatting with independent garden center owners and suppliers. The dinner cruise on Lake Michigan was a wonderful experience - the company was great, the food was fantastic, and the scenery was gorgeous. A number of garden writers enjoyed a kickoff #Gardenchat party/tweetup at The Yarden. Since the location was just a few minutes away from the neighborhood where I grew up, I drove up early and revisited a few childhood memories, and visited the Peterson Garden Project. I'll share some photos from those places in a later post or posts. Until then, hope you enjoy the images from the 2011 IGC Show!