First, look who's posing in my back yard – Anneliese and Geoff Valdes of Cobrahead fame. (I hope you saw that power-wall shot of Anneliese with Ed Begley at DC's Green Fest!) They only had one day to see all of DC and its gardens after the festival closed but managed to sneak in a brief ride up the subway to my place for tea and a tour.
And on the right you see the predictably wise-cracking Goodnicks of Santa Barbara, CA. (I'm happy to report that Billy has met his match and her name is Lin.) I managed a few whirlwind hours with the Goodnicks, first in my garden – where Billy dictated instructions for a total redo of my back garden, with a rough massing sketch to follow. Then I had the pleasure of showing them the National Arboretum, where Billy went nuts over the bonsai and Lin went nuts over, I believe it was, everything.
On Marketing to the Blogosphere
But back to Anneliese and Geoff for a second – is there a gardening biz that's done a better job promoting their product through garden blogs, and at very little cost? I remember back in 2006 they gave away the Cobrahead tool on the blog Heavy Petal – the first-ever gardenblog giveaway – and we were thrilled. And of course they blog but even better, they hang out with us at the Garden Blogger Spring Flings. Smart!