Today, construction begins on the display for our annual garden show. Certainly, few people see anything but the final result of the week’s work, so I’ll stop at intervals to document the garden as it’s put together. I have plenty of time for photo taking since I’m here to supervise. I’m a bit over the hill to be moving boulders and large trees, though I most definitely will not admit this to the fellows doing the heavy lifting. I’m certain to chip in occasionally, at least enough to get in the way.
In fact, construction began a few weeks ago in the large garage area of our Landscape office. While trucks are repaired and readied for spring nearby, a stone columned structure was built by carpenters. The small building was then broken into pieces to be moved and rebuilt at the garden show site.
While the design for the show was prepared a few months ago, the particulars of the final design remain in question. Spring flowering bulbs and perennials have been ordered from a local greenhouse, but evergreens that have been purchased from Oregon that were scheduled for arrival late last week have been nixed due to the recent chilly temperatures.
I wouldn’t be happy traveling across this country in the back of an unheated truck in February, and neither would the spruces and cypresses planned for the garden. So, alternatives will have to do. I expect that I will be perfectly satisfied with the changes.
The design of a garden show is one part inspiration, one part marketing to give visitors a late winter taste of spring, and another part considering what can be constructed in a limited time period. The garden for this show is relatively small, and many times smaller compared to gardens we’ve constructed in the past.
There have been times when twenty-five of our best people worked long hours for four days to get this thing completed on time, but this week we’ll finish in a couple easy days with half as many folks. While the construction is great fun, and a wonderful excuse to break the daily routine, the best will come this weekend when the show opens.
As the construction of the display moves along I’ll add more photos at the end of each day until it’s complete. Then, if you live nearby, it would be great if you’d stop in over the weekend to say hello. There’s hardly a thing that’s more enjoyable than talking gardening with people, and I’ll be there through the weekend to talk until I lose my voice.