This is just to let you all know that there are TWO BIG gardening events coming up that you should know about. Just knowing about them will help kick-start your flowerboxes. AND I don't need to tell you that gardening is all about planning ahead.
1. The Gramercy Garden & Antiques Show , March 3-5 at the Gramercy Armory, blurs the boundaries of art, antiques, and flora by presenting them all in one venue.
Anyone who is interested in learning to care for plants or starting a small garden will benefit from the resources at this fair and by speaking with the specialists who will be on hand.
And for those of you who get the 'I just don't know what to do about plants' headache that can afflict urban dwellers, the art and antiques side of the venue can act as your aspirin.
The list of exhibitors alone is full of promise, but this will be complemented by a series of lectures (among them our beloved Jon Carloftis will be presenting at noon on Saturday) that cover a wide range of subjects including garden design, flower arranging and plant care.
Click here for a complete seminar listing and descriptions .
2. This weekend is all about the orchids at the NYBG . The show will start tomorrow and continue on through April 2, so you don't worry if you are already booked for this coming Saturday and Sunday.
I hope to be there with the masses of camera-toting devotees, so look for pics in the coming weeks on AT. Besides the visual candy, there will be a treasure trove of presentations to enlighten and educate. From camera tips on photographing flowers to rainforest stories of plant survival, there is sure to be a topic for everyone. And of course, there will be plenty on orchid care and chances to ask the experts. And the garden store and bookshop is ALWAYS worth the trip. Combine this with a trip for Italian food on nearby Arthur Avenue and you have the makings of an unforgettable weekend trip. - Matt