First up (next weekend) is the Gulf States Hort Expo in Mobile AL. We love to attend this show because the move-in is fast and easy, the hotel we stay at is within walking distance of the Convention Center, and the fresh seafood at local restaurants is delicious. Also, the Show staff is sooooo friendly. They truly understand hospitality in Alabama. Some years the show coincides with Mardi Gras and there is a huge parade right past our hotel, with people fighting for thrown beads, moon pies and kewpy dolls. Unlike New Orleans, this parade is PG – no women exposing themselves and no obnoxious drunks, so bring the kids along!
The next show is Wintergreen in Atlanta GA. Again, our hotel is nearby, just across the parking lot, restaurants abound nearby, and move-in/move-out is a simple affair. The opening night reception has delicious food, and there is always an interesting speaker. Last year Vince Dooley addressed the gathered crowd and talked about facing the recession and keeping an upbeat attitude. Unfortunately, I slipped in the icy parking lot walking to the show the next morning and spent my time working the booth with a painful back sprain.
Our final spring show is also a fun event, the South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association Show in Myrtle Beach. Some years the weather is blustery and cold, but customers still come in droves to take advantage of low winter-time motel rates, play golf on uncrowded courses, and to see what plants are looking good with spring just around the corner. We always stay at The Breakers, right on the ocean, and Pat jogs along the beach no matter the temperature. We also bring our musical instruments and jam with Laura Lee Rose, a SC County Agent and superb musician.
Please try to attend at least one of these shows to see what Grandiflora will be offering this spring. Stop by the booth and say hello. If you mention that you read this blog, I’ll even give you a 5% discount on your first spring order.
And if you haven’t overdosed on shows by then, you can probably see us the next few weekends walking the aisles at the Tampa and Jacksonville shows where Frank and I go to buy liners, supplies and plants to re-sell closer to home.