Don’t look for the whole crew and I on August 14th – 16th. We will be in Philly for the Northeast regional meeting of the American Conifer Society. The Society’s purpose is “…to promote the use of conifers in the garden and landscape and to educate the public about their care and preservation.” If you have met me, you know I spread the gospel of conifers everywhere I go. Much like Johnny Appleseed spread apples, I can’t plant a job without adding some conifers and I can wax poetic about my favorite specimens like old friends.
Over the 17 years that I have been a member, I have visited countless gardens all over the US and in England that use conifers, but also showcase great garden design and other plants. Think of what you collect – pottery, art, salt/pepper shakers, pens, etc. I happen to collect conifers and other plants. And this plant society gives me entry into some of the best venues to see other people’s collections- many privately owned gardens. Seeing plants all over the country and talking to other confirmed plant fanatics is a great way to spend a weekend. And I bring home a couple new plants each time!
Check out www.conifersociety.org. There is still room for the Northeast meeting in Philly!