Long Island, NY
It is always a treat to get away on these symposiums. a wonderful chance
to network with others and renew friendships, make new contacts and find out
what is new in the gardening world. These symposiums happen each year and in
a different part of the country. The symposium for 2005 will be in
Vancouver, BC and I personally invite you to become a member so that you can
participate in one of the best ways of meeting people in your field -
whether that be as a writer, photographer, editor or gardener. Contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and I can
tell you more!
OK, enough for the commercial, but I am really thrilled to be a part of this
group of people, and many writers on our site are as well.
I arrived Friday evening, had time to get from the airport to the Melville
Marriott Hotel, unpack, register and get ready to go out to a special
function put on by Garden Media Group. The supplier booths were set up to
visit this evening, but I did not have the time to visit them. Our coaches
were ready and waiting to deliver us to a beautiful restaurant called the
Milleridge Inn in Jericho, NY for nibbles and drinks, then a great buffet
dinner. We had a chance to sit and chat with suppliers in the gardening
world like Ball, Campania, Conard-Pyle, Eden, GIYP and Hines. Thank you for
a wonderful evening!
The next morning before leaving for our first day's activities, I pulled
back the curtains in my room to discover that it faced the atrium and
swimming pool. A wonderful view of the sun shining in through all the glass.
We visited the private garden of Connie Cross, one of LI's most admired
garden designers and owner of Environmentals, the wholesale nursery that
introduced the then unheard of concept of selling containerized plants on
Long Island. Her garden was full of delights to the eye, from the gate
onward. She had placed huge baskets of peaches and apples on the table for
us to enjoy as well as refreshments. Most of us were too busy taking
pictures, both inside her home as well as in her garden. I have never seen a
home so full and yet so uncluttered. Even her doves looked so at home and
happy here. Wonderful combinations of plants and very easy on the eye to go
from place to place just enjoying the thought of what was coming next.