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February 15, 2009


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Karla Waterman

Loved your newsy blog. The Garden Show outside and inside caused quite an attraction so it seems. I'm in Indian Wells taking in the sun.

Nancy Rankin

Valoricious in the garden! Great website Val. I had major winter damage this year. Glad to know I wasn't the only one. Thankfully planted some bulbs which are beginning to appear. Chuy saiz arf to Bridget. We be bloggin'.

Stephen Flume

Hi Val,
I like your website, nicely laid out and easy to navigate. I always look forward to your articles about "Plants I can't live without." I wonder if you could add a category for them; it could turn into a nice catalog and reference list for those times when you're at the nursery and confronted with lots of cultivars.

David Lewis ( Little and Lewis)

Hi Val: The blog is wonderful, well designed and I have made it a "shortcut" on my desktop. I look forward to my daily reads.

I always love to read what other's say about an experience similiar to what I just had.I attended the NWFGS yesterday morning with my friend Linda. Not feeling very social I wore a hat and glasses to try keep a low profile. It didn't work...I saw everyone I know in the Hort world ( except for you!)

Some observations:

1. NO one was there. As I wandered the aisles I saw Ciscoe sitting by himself in a booth. When was the last time you saw Ciscoe alone and unmobbed?

2. It was good to read your take on the display gardens. I was a bit more disappointed. They were well-constructed but the majority lacked any creativity or "risk". Everything felt safe and built for an audience reaction of
" that's nice dear....." and not Wow.... that's different". I agreed that the Smith and Hawkin garden which won nearly every award was by far the best and most innovative.

3. The booths seemed more sparse this year and many of the past perennial participants have reduced their space dramatically ( Luccia comes to mind). The aisles were empty of lookers( at least late morning....)

4. I have been irratated by the PR for the show this year. " It is our last show.....but.... maybe not!" It is playing with us.Perhaps I would have been more sentimental and forgiving if I knew IT WAS the last show.

While the show was a lovely morning diversion, there was nothing new (for me) that I hadn't already seen in the years past and I am afraid to say it felt like a "swan song" this year.

Perhaps, on the off chance, it does continue, I need to go every other year to not be so jaded.


Your website is Valorious! No doubt you are on your way to once again teach us plant dummies through this new and exciting venue. I love it. Congratulations.

Susan E. COhen

Val-leave it to you!!!!!!!!!!
As talented as you are-you too had winter damage! If Val's garden looks yucky in the winter-then I don't feel so inadequate until summer, of course!!!
Teach us-show us- and continue talking to us as if we are all your friends!!

Debbie Loudon

Congratulations, Val! I'm excited about this new venue for you to express your thoughts and knowledge not only about plants and gardens, but also about yoga, design, and heck, whatever else you want to write about. I'm looking forward to seeing what unfolds.

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