|Entrance designed by Arbor Farms|
Though it was my intent to leave the show without any plants in tow, you know that just didn't happen. What was I thinking? There are always a few vendors that I make a point of stopping by to see, because they always have something to tempt me. I made a bee line to Country View Greenhouse's (near South Whitley, IN) space, but got sidetracked by Young's Greenhouse (Ft. Wayne), another favorite.
Young's had some nice bonsais at an attractive price, so I bought a twisty Zelkova. Zelkova is a Japanese elm and a popular street tree due to their disease and pest resistance, including Dutch Elm disease and Elm leaf beetle. It can be kept inside, in a sunny location, where it would keep green leaves all year round, then moved outside in spring. It is hardy to our zone, so theoretically it could stay outside year round, but I will bring it in for winter. I also bought a hanging red container to plant up for our kitchen window.
I then moved on to Country View Greenhouse, where I always enjoy conversing with owner Ryan Baker. I like to give him a hard time about the beautiful display of perennials and shrubs that he always has that aren't for sale, but they absolutely are enticing enough for me to vow to make the hour-and-a-half journey to his greenhouse this year once spring gets here.
|Begonia hybrid (probably 'Kit Kat')|
|Heuchera 'French Quarter'|
|Sorbaria and Heuchera 'Zipper'|
|Love the chicken coop and run in this miniature garden display |
at Country View Greenhouse!
A primula jumped into my bag at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory booth and a gorgeous striped bromeliad did the same thing at Vanroot Growers. The homemade soaps at The Beehive caught my attention and I purchased a cake of lavender.
|Vriesea sp. from Van Root Growers|
I finished my garden part of the show by admiring the orchids, which are always stunning. I never fail to be blown away by their beauty.
A quick run-through over at the home part of the show, which was in another exhibition hall, garnered some food purchases for an upcoming girls' night being held at our house: salsa (raspberry, pineapple, and tropical fruit rum), beefstick, and some drink mixes. I also picked up some silicone covers for pots and dishes.
Unfortunately, the garden part of the show didn't really inspire me with any of the landscaping displays. They were really non-existent. There were fewer vendors in that part and some of the regular vendors had smaller booths. Still, I managed to leave with my arms full of plants and products. (Big surprise, eh?)