Ellen and I are eagerly looking forward to traveling to Portland OR next week for the Perennial Plant Association’s annual symposium. This is one of the best educational events we attend each year. Besides listening to interesting and timely programs presented by top authorities in perennial plant production, landscaping, and care, we get to see amazing botanical and private gardens as well as retail and wholesale nurseries that specialize in perennials. And of course, we have delicious meals, enjoy wonderful comradery, and have other fun adventures (like partying on a boat on July 4th anchored in the East River of NYC as fireworks exploded overhead, and then passing by the Statue of Liberty on the way back to port).
In the last few years, El and I have been to fantastic PPA meetings in St. Louis MO, Philadelphia PA, and New York City. St. Louis was memorable for tours of the Arch, Busch Brewery, and Missouri Botanical Garden, walks in the public gardens downtown, a river boat dining/dancing cruise on the Mississippi, and eating Ted Drewes frozen custard. The Philadelphia trip had us at Swarthmore’s Arboretum in the morning, Chanticleer’s quirky garden at mid-day, and eating dinner at the conservatory of Longwood Garden that night. They really keep you hopping on PPA tours! In New York, we were surprised by the many perennial gardens at Battery Park, Central Park and scattered in pockets around the city, and the New York Botanical Garden blew our socks off.
On this year’s schedule are trips to Monrovia’s Oregon location and Terra Nova. We can’t wait to see what Heuchera-breeder Extraordinaire Dan Heims and our hosts at Monrovia have in store for us! Wouldn’t be surprised by an elegant dinner followed by a concert with a rock band and Dan playing the harmonica.
If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time.
(Longwood Gardens Water Lily Pond)