In a crappy economy. In today's New York Times.
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What a shame.
Although not being able to go the New England Flower Show this year is disappointing, I’ve always found it frustrating how corporate and “over-produced” these mega-shows are.
Is is possible, at least, that from the ashes of these expensive, corporately-sponsored shows a more “authentic” kind of show can be born?
The alternatives MassHort’s presenting — Blooms and the exhibit at The Mall — are okay, but why does it be “lavish-spectacle-or-nuthin'” for these shows?
Harrisburg Pa.canceled the Garden Expo this year due to lack of “sponsorship”,well, there was no lack of interest.We visited the Flower and Garden Show in York Pa instead.The place was packed on a Friday before lunch.The vendors did a brisk business.Would have loved to spend some money in Harrisburg.Yes,I know we are in an economic downturn,Yes,I know people are scared and worried.Honestly,how many of us will stop gardening because the Economy is bad?
Maybe we need to get more creative in hard times,not stop everything that makes these times more bearable.
Our garden centers still put on three garden shows this year. Total cost for the three shows a good guess $75,000. We do not charge admission to the shows, visitors get free flowers, cake, coffee, cookies and seminars by THE TROLL.
In addition today at Poughkeepsie for the last weekend of our flower show we held our first annual local food show. Over 25 local food producers from cheese to wine gave out FREE samples of their wares to thousands of customers. Again we do not charge admission to any of this.
This year we had our largest seminar offering ever: more than thirty different titles, eighty seminars in total, on gardening and cooking. Seminars given almost exclusivly by our talented staff (yes even THE TROLL has some talent)
The vendors were thrilled as they sold oodles of product as evidenced by the $1-$5 off coupons handed out by the vendors at he food show.
All free of charge to the public!
The most popular seminars were: “The Vegetarian and the Butcher” with our meat manager and his girlfriend our tropical plant buyer both making the same recipe, one with meat one without, THE TROLL’s seed starting, herb gardening, bird feeding and BBQ classes. The big winner our grower’s vegetable gardening classes.
Now GET PLANTING!!!!
This is a pity. Just as things are being busted down by specialty, garden shows will be busted down into smaller specialty shows: vegetables and herb garden, ornamentals, bulbs. Time will pass and enough people will see the Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Show and be reinvigorated to have good old fashioned garden shows in the U.S. again, encompassing all aspects of gardening. I saw the Hampton Court Palace Show in 1997 and it was my first real “garden and flower show.” Wow… That was stunning and mind boggling good! The flower displays are still some of the finest I’ve ever seen. One year I’ll make it out to Chelsea.
It is a sad thing; I hope the shows will resprout from the ground up, maybe in new surprisingly adapted ways like a resurrected garden. I don’t know how expensive a show needs to be . . . and maybe I’m romanticizing the past . . . but it seems like these days (and not just the last 2 years but for about a decade) we “can’t” do so many things, while in the past we found a way to carry on. Ah me, I must be getting old.
I wish “the Troll” had a Gardencenter,Nursery etc. in my neighborhood.Lucky Customers you have.
Lucky customers you have.It sounds like a celebration of Spring to come.I would love to see something like that where I live.After all,there are hundreds of Gardeners in every Community,hungry for Spring,ready to start seeds,purchase Plants(even if they have to stay inside a while longer)get started with growing.I think I have to talk to my favorite nursery tomorrow.
I stopped by our garden center in Kingston today to check on the garden show. Things were going gangbusters. I spoke with a gentleman who does a Saturday morning garden show on the same staion I do a talk show on every weekday morning and he said the traffic at our Newburgh location Saturday was gridlock.
We will be doing a local food show in Newburgh next weekend to close out their garden show.
Any readers near Kingston,NY or Newburgh, NY stop on in to Adams Fairacre Farms for a breath of spring.
The only big garden show I’ve been to is Canada Blooms, so I could well be talking through my hat here. I do wonder if the current economic situation will result in newly invented, smaller but still delightful garden shows. I found much of what I saw at CB to be unpractical for anyone with a normal garden or income (like a bed in the middle of a water garden in the back yard). I’m all for imagination, fun and whimsy in gardening, but sometimes it’s a bit over the top at these shows.
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