Saturday, July 30, 2016
Earlier this month, I attended my third Garden Bloggers Fling in Minneapolis, MN. I and sixty-some-odd garden bloggers from all over the U.S. and Canada hopped charter buses and toured the city's best gardens, public and private, for three full days. The Garden Bloggers Fling is a fabulous way to see the lush green spirit of a city up close and in depth, and I was glad to be able to attend.
Each garden we visited deserves its own post, but I've learned from experience that attempting that task is sheer folly for someone who works full-time and needs to tend to her own home, garden and volunteer work! I've yet to post on some of my favorite gardens from Portland's Fling, which I hope to revisit at some point in the near future. But without further delay, here's some highlights from day 1 in Minneapolis.
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary (public)
Studio garden of Donna Hamilton (private)
Lyndale Park Gardens (public)
Garden of blogger and author Rhonda Fleming Hayes (private)
Bachman's Garden Center (retail)
Latham "Park" (private)
Noerenberg Memorial Gardens (public)
Kelley and Kelley Nursery (retail)
Garden of Steve Kelley and Arla Carmichiel (private)
There wouldn't have been a wonderful Minneapolis Fling without the tireless efforts of Amy Andrychowicz at Get Busy Gardening, Kathleen Hennessey at :29 Minute Gardener, and Mary Lahr Schier at My Northern Garden. Thank you all so much! If you want to see more photos of these gardens, check out the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling photo collection on my Flickr page.
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