P. Allen Smith & me holding his beautiful rooster Edwin at #G2B14 in Little Rock, AR
P. Allen Smith & me holding his beautiful rooster Edwin at #G2B14 in Little Rock, AR
P. Allen Smith & me holding his beautiful rooster Edwin at #G2B14 in Little Rock, AR

Do plants give life to people or do people give life to plants? It’s the age old chicken or the egg causality dilemma, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” At The Independent Garden Show last week in Chicago, August 19-21, I had reason to ponder this theory. When I post pictures of the people behind the plant scene y’all say, “What’s with all the people?! We want to see plants and roses! Show us what new plants are there!” OK. Then when I post the newest plants inevitably y’all say “Who was there?!” Here is my theory:

Kate Porter from David Austin Roses, UK
Kate Porter from David Austin Roses, UK

People give life to plants

The Independent Garden Show Jeff and Cheryl Morey, Show Owners and their Management Team know and apply this theory quite well and brought us a world class event in the most idyllic setting along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan at Navy Pier, captivating the gardening world with new and exciting things we want to see, offering information we are eager to learn, while entertaining us and engaging the larger audience via multi-channels of social media.

Jeff kicked off the show by interviewing key note speaker Martha Stewart in a comfortable morning talk show setting where Martha was at ease sharing pictures of her garden and tips to a standing room only crowd.

Martha Stewart Live with Jeff Morey at IGC
Martha Stewart Live with Jeff Morey at IGC

 

Here are 3 takeaways from Jeff Morey’s talk with Martha Stewart:

  • Folks want plant variety that only an Independent Garden Center offers
  • Smaller plants are a much better value for today’s gardener and for the financially strapped shopper her advice is “they’ll grow.”
  • She knows time is also of short supply so easy care plants are essential

 

Jerry Amoroso, Mr. Rose of Weeks Roses
Jerry Amoroso, Mr. Rose himself, truly a ‘Class Act’ of Weeks Roses

 

 

 

Here are the key people behind the scenes that give life to the plants that you love: Weeks Roses was there with Karen Kemp-Docksteader and her sales team including NE Sales, Jerry Amororso who I coined, Mr. Rose himself. They were debuting their 2015 rose collection including famous Downton Abbey’s ‘Anna’s Promise’.

 

 

 

 

David Austin Team at IGC, Kate Porter from the UK & Shellie Reese, Tyler
David Austin Team at IGC, Kate Porter from the UK & Shellie Reese, Tyler

Kate Porter, commercial & projects manager for David Austin Roses had flown over from the UK and Shellie Reese from the Tyler, Texas office was there as they showed the David Austin beautiful new collection of roses. The David Austin Team was constantly busy with new orders. Their “Simple-to-Grow Roses” Campaign and demand of English roses is growing in the US and I witnessed it in action while I was at their exhibit.

David Austin Rose 'Carding Mill'
David Austin Rose ‘Carding Mill’ at the Independent Garden Show in Chicago

 

 

 

Shannon Springer Up Close with New Proven Winner shrub rose 'Livable La Vida'
Adorable Shannon Springer Gets Up Close with New Proven Winner shrub rose ‘Livable La Vida’

The Proven Winner’s Team was there with so many beautiful plants. Of course I saw that doll Shannon Springer who was at P. Allen Smith’s Garden 2 Blog 2014 event with me. And I can’t forget ‘John Vodka’, (Josh) and wonderful Jeanine Standard! These folks are all the people that bring us the plants that we love. Tony Abruscato, owner of The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Greenmark PR and The Seedkeepers Thank-you one and all!

Jeanine Standard of Proven Winners kindly said "Susan you get on over there by 'Vermillionaire and I'll take your picture" So here it is! Great picture Jeanine! ;)
Jeanine Standard of Proven Winners kindly said “Susan you get on over there by ‘Vermillionaire and I’ll take your picture” So here it is! Great picture Jeanine! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Abruscato, Mr. Chicago Flower & Garden Show and I pause for a minute to take in all the excitement at the great show!
Tony Abruscato, Mr. Chicago Flower & Garden Show and I pause for a minute to take in all the excitement at the great show!

Tony Abruscato, owner of The Chicago Flower & Garden Show as we put our heads together already talking about the show in March! There were so many wonderful people there that are behind the scenes that make the plants that you love come alive everyday. Look for the album that I will post to Facebook with more plant pictures.

Shannon Springer of Proven Winners and Sue Markgraf of Greenmark PR
Shannon Springer of Proven Winners and Sue Markgraf of Greenmark PR

 

 

Chris Thier from Laguna Ponds, Star of P. Allen Smith's G2B Happy Dance Video, See the video on my home page!
Chris Thier from Laguna Ponds, Star of P. Allen Smith’s G2B Happy Dance Video, See the video on my home page!

 

 

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