Friday, February 1, 2013

Garden Shows Across the US

I'm nice and cozy indoors while I write, but today here at Pittsgrove the temperature is hovering around 18 degrees so I don't plan to be doing any gardening, thank you very much. As temperatures dip and weather turns nasty, for many cabin fever sets in and winter doldrums ensue. To eliminate, or at least minimize the effects of being cooped up, garden shows that are scheduled throughout many bleak winter days, provide a terrific remedy.

From coast to coast and every where in between, these shows during January through March get us out of our houses and away from the grayness of winter that many of us experience in areas where plants are dormant and trees are leafless overseers. Rainbows of color in display gardens and the scent of fresh soil, such an aphrodisiac to folks dedicated to digging in the dirt, uplift the spirit.

Some of you may just like to wander the shows taking in the beauty set before you. Others look forward to the education provided by lecturers in specialized fields and many will go home with a purchased plant to brighten a window or catalogs to peruse for the newest plant introductions. Whatever suits your fancy, look up the schedule for the garden show nearest you and make plans to get out of the house and into the gardens.

Stay warm and think spring!

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