I’m at my first Garden Writer’s Association symposium in Raleigh, NC. I decided to attend just to see what it was like and well, it’s different than I expected. Also, the Raleigh location and the planned garden visits were places I wanted to see…more about that in a minute.
First and foremost these writers and garden communicators are welcoming and I’ve met some people who I previously only knew through their books or on-line via blogs, zines and social media. Second, about 95% of them are crazed with plant lust.
Here’s some images of places and plants from the first couple of days. Like my trip to Portland this past July, it’s going to take a while to filter everything so it works for me.
This bottle tree and the lovely ecclesiastical birdhouse in the next image are from Helen Yoest’s wildlife garden. On a suburban lot, she has created a haven for birds, butterflies, and other small creatures including a box turtle.
Another highlight of the first few days was a visit to Duke Gardens. A teaching garden that was once part of the Duke estate, there was exquisite stonework and interesting plant combinations in a terrace originally designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman.