Springtime in Delaware: The DuPont Triple Play

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By Kathy Jentz

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Cheval Opp takes a break under a friendly mushroom.

About 45 Region II GWA members and guests met on the last Friday of April for touring a trilogy of DuPont gardens in Delaware. We were pleased to be joined by several new GWA members.

The day started with an early morning photo shoot at the
Nemours Mansion and Gardens just outside of Wilmington. The estate developed by Alfred du Pont includes a 77-room mansion, a large formal French garden, a Chauffeur’s Garage housing a collection of vintage automobiles, and nearly 200 acres of scenic woodlands, meadows, and lawns. Fortified by coffee and donuts, we scattered across the estate to take photos and catch-up with old friends. It was a good time to take a leisurely walk down the Colonnade or in the formal parterre gardens and get to know them. Continue reading “Springtime in Delaware: The DuPont Triple Play”

Six Things Every Speaker Should Know

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By Ann McCormick

Some people view public speaking as a cushy job – lots of perks for not much work. All you have to do is smile, talk for an hour, and bask in the applause. But a good speaker does more than show up and talk. If you are just starting out or are considering becoming a speaker, here are six things you should know. Continue reading “Six Things Every Speaker Should Know”

Getting Set to Grow: New Ideas and Tools From Canada Blooms

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By Andrea Bannister

With snow swirling in the bitter wind, it was a perfect day for Canadian garden writers to connect, learn, and dream of summer days at the annual GWA Region VII gathering held at Canada Blooms.  As a first-timer, I was warmed by the friendly welcome of GWA members, lush gardens and generous plant, tool, and other giveaways from sponsors (rookie mistake – I took the bus to the meeting!) Continue reading “Getting Set to Grow: New Ideas and Tools From Canada Blooms”

Holland at the Philadelphia Flower Show

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Attendees loved the orchid promenade, with orchids overhead and on either side.

By Denise Schreiber

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This custom iron gate was part of the display by Michael Petrie’s Handmade Gardens.

I always block off some time in March for the Philadelphia Flower Show. I have been going to the show for twenty-eight straight years even though I live on the other side of the state. For me it is a signal that spring is around the corner and I will soon smell the intoxicating fragrance of flowers again. A couple of friends and I always make the journey, excited to see what the new theme displays will look like, discover ideas that we can steal for home (because that is the point of these displays) and of course shop at the marketplace. Continue reading “Holland at the Philadelphia Flower Show”

Defuse Those Photobombs: 10 Tips for Photographing Gardens Full of People

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By Helen Battersby

You can’t always get what you want – especially if you’re a photographer in a garden packed with people. If it’s a GWA garden tour, it’s likely those people are other garden writers who want the same shots as you. But don’t fret. Defuse those photo bombs, and you might just get what you need. Continue reading “Defuse Those Photobombs: 10 Tips for Photographing Gardens Full of People”

A Garden Writer’s Identity Crisis—I was embarrassed to say what I did

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By Mary-Kate Mackey

“So, what kind of writing do you do?”

A few years ago, I was attending my first American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) conference in New York. My fellow journalist had just asked the question I dreaded. She and I were sorting through a box of colorful ribbons that could be added to our name tags, describing various types of writing. Mine was not among them. I looked down at the patterned hotel carpet and mumbled, “I’m a garden writer.”

And the inevitable question came back, “What’s that?” Continue reading “A Garden Writer’s Identity Crisis—I was embarrassed to say what I did”

GWA at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

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By Pat Munts

The winter this year in Eastern Washington has been long and hard. The snow started early in December. As we approached the end of February, it was still here and still coming down. Beyond the semicircle of bare pavement in front of my garage is a foot of snow and slippery ice, burying everything. I am trapped in my little circle of bare concrete, desperately needing to get out in the garden and see green plants and warm dirt! Continue reading “GWA at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show”