Just how do I even begin to tell you what a grand three days Mom and I had in Chicago with 50 other garden bloggers over the past weekend? It was all I expected, and then some. So many wonderful things to see and do and great people to see and do it all with! In many ways, it reminded me of when I chaperoned Kara's 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. - never a spare minute, because there were so many activities to be a part of, and I didn't want to miss any of them.
It was exhausting. But it's a good tired.
Since we live about four hours from downtown Chicago, we got up early on Friday and drove to the Chicago Botanic Garden, meeting up with some of the other bloggers there. Mom and I were pretty much on our own for most of the time, but spent bits of time with others when we ran into them.
This was my third visit to CBG, but there's always something different to see and enjoy.
Some images from the gardens:
In the next few days, I'll be posting photos of the other sights we saw while in Chicago, but I'll take this opportunity to say thank you to the Chicago area bloggers who were the organizers of Spring Fling Chicago 2009. Mom and I talked all the way home about how much fun we had. While there were many pretty flowers and landscaping, famous and not-so-famous landmarks to see, and wonderful foods of all types, truly the thing I will remember the most is getting to meet so many wonderful people that I now have a special bond with.
Hugs to you all, and I hope to see you again next year (If not sooner!) in Buffalo (NY), where Spring Fling 2010 will be held.
Next up: The Lurie Garden