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Garden Writers Conference Monday

August 7, 2017

My morning was spent learning about tropical plants, new plant introductions and a very inspiring talk about our place in the world and our responsibilities from a Native American botanist and distinguished professor at the SUNY college. I am excited about new opportunities and possibilities in all three areas. I will share in future posts.

After lunch, we boarded buses and went first to a daylily farm. 

There were thousands of varieties to see and purchase later. They did give all participants a free plant. 

Our next stop was a home garden who had three generations of their family there to share their fabulous plant collection with us, including  over 350 hosta varieties. They also had a fabulous train garden and a whole host of plants.

Their summer annuals were equally impressive. 

Our next stop was a dentists office with an ecologically sound parking lot with native plants and reusable and renewable resources.

We had another two fablous private garden tours to round out the day. The first of the gardens had over 1000 varieties of hostas plus succulents and accompanying shade plants plus some nice glass art.

The family did all the work themselves and had a huge yard.

The final stop was a reat plant collectors home. 

They had great hostas and lots of unique plants. 

We got back to the hotel with limited time to get ready for the closing banquet. My counterpart Nancy from Pennsylvania won 

for their new MG manual! 

Tomorrow we head to Niagara Falls and more gardens.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Frances permalink
    August 8, 2017 11:29 pm

    please identify the 5th picture under the heading The final stop was a real plant collectors home. It is a red and green leaf plant underneath ferns. I purchased one this year but seller was unable to identify. Thanks for all you do.

    • uamg permalink
      August 9, 2017 6:16 am

      It is a hybrid begonia. They used to be called Rex begonias. There are many new varieties on the market.

    • Frances permalink
      August 9, 2017 8:12 am

      Is it annual or perennial? Will it overwinter?

      • uamg permalink
        August 9, 2017 8:20 am

        Annual unless we have a really mild winter.

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