Rose bloom cycles have unique patterns of growth that are distinguishable upon a visual registry of familiarity. A familiarity that is built on time and and meditative reflection together with your garden. What are some of the ways you can apply your own visualization system to describe the differences you see in your own microclimate?Â There are so many contributing factors occurring at different times yet the same variables continue to impact what you see. Only a visualization system can fully record the full effect. Your garden takes on distinguishable patterns of growth that are determined by these factors just to name a few.
Dates of pruning
As a former merchandiser Iâ€™ve suggested to gardeners that you keep a diary of historic natural events that impact your garden. All of our buying of merchandise was based on history. The same can be said for plans in your garden. Much of what will happen and your plans to purchase and budgets are based on historical data.
One of the most unusual patterns Iâ€™ve noticed in a visualization system of record keeping is that each rose bush no matter how itâ€™s pruned grows back in the same symmetry. Year in and year out established bushes will recreate a pattern of growth quite similar if not almost the same in symmetric patterning. The genetic code reproduces an almost perfect replica of itself after a winter dormancy year in and year out. A mystery to me and yet one I observe and is part of my visualization system.
For your visualization system start a journal and take note of the varieties that are most likely to have the most similar growth patterns. Record these things:
What do you like about the growth characteristics?
Does the plant generate the same number of canes each year?
When do basal breaks occur?
What contributing factors change the plant growth pattern?
What do you think is the key that will draw people to your event? The Independent Garden Center (IGC) Show was held last week, at Navy Pier on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan where it meets the Chicago River. IGC Show Founders, Publishers, and Executive Directors Jeff and Cheryl Morey* their partner and Show Manager Carl Pugh hold the keys to the gardening kingdom.
The Moreyâ€™s IGC Show Management Team including Show Manager, Carl Pugh and Media Relations and Education Manager, Clint Albin put on a world-class event in an idyllic setting, showing people things they want to see, offering information they need to learn, all the while entertaining them and engaging a larger audience via social media.
The IGC show is the largest trade-show held for owners, buyers and managers in the gardening industry.This sold out show with 600 exhibitors from all 50 states and 20 countries, 40 speakers and a rock concert by 38 Special was top-notch. Now with over 7000 attendees in Chicago, the IGC Show will make its debut August 5-7, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center complex in National Harbor, Maryland on the Potomac River.Â
The Keys To The Gardening Kingdom
People want to attend a conference in a city where there are plenty of choices in what to do and see. Chicago offers visitors a beautiful city, museums and culture. It is easy to navigate and centrally located.
Vote | List What You Think Was The Most Exciting Exhibit | Display | Product at the Independent Garden Center Show 2013
The talented, high energy Bren with Kerrie and Carol of The Seedkeeper Company kept action going with Live interviews and streaming video while attendees tweeted live coverage to their collective Twitter followers all evening building excitement for the show.
Growing A Greener World TV Celebrity Joe Lampâ€™l made an appearance delighting everyone with his warm easy-going style. Abana Jacobs, National Promotions Manager for Subaru, was also there. Subaru has been a sponsor of the IGC Show since 2007 via #SubaruGardens.
Garden Girls USA generously donated a beautiful pair of their rose gloves to each attendee. And of course the humorous, entertaining Mike Nowak, columnist of Chicagoland Gardening Magazine and personality from “The Mike Nowak Show,” WCPT 820AM was at his best for the evening keeping everyone entertained. The power of social media and its effect was palpable in building excitement for the show the entire evening.This social initiative alone had an aggregated multiplier effect on Google Analytics of a reach in the millions to a targeted group of a real-time, live, fully engaged, gardening audience.
Your Local Garden Center For “Locavores”
You need look no further than the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Movement to see that people today are committed to support locally grown produce, foods and businesses in the country.Â
The idea of committing to eating and buying products locally has become trendy in the last few years — so trendy in fact that the word “locavore” was chosen as the 2007 Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary. “Locavore” means a person whose diet consists only of or principally of locally grown food or produce. Independent garden centers offer a variety of unique rather than mass produced products and options for products that can only be found at your independent garden centers. This show had artisans, craftsman, entrepreneurs, and a variety and new product launches that are simply not available anywhere else.Â
Information You Need and Want To Learn To Learn
Pottery, art, and landscape design were key elements of the show. Vendors and speakers at the show had inexpensive ways to dress up your home with touches of pottery, plants, shrubs, trees, and landscape art that decoratorâ€™s use as design elements. P. Allen Smith,Â television host, of P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, and P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table and the syndicated 30-minute show P. Allen Smith Garden designer, gardening and lifestyle expert was very popular at the show, entertaining attendees with gardening tips and drawing crowds.
At the Proven Winners booth. Mr. P. Allen Smith and his Chief Operating & Marketing Officer Mimi San Pedro effectively drew crowds of people as they professionally represented products, entertained and educated attendees. I was fortunate to be invited to The Chopping Block for the event hosted by Mr. P. Allen Smith where he entertained all of us with his sense of humor and style as he showed us his flare for cooking and engaging his audience.
Weeks Roseswas there to launch their 2014 roses with their Sales & Marketing Manager Karen Kemp Docksteader and Social Media Strategist Anne Kemp.
Container gardening is big, very big. Since many people live in apartments, and condos or have limited space there were many options for smaller plantings with fun small gardens. Star Roses & Plants Conard – Pyle was their to present Popcorn Drift, which is specifically designed for smaller spaces.
The Gardening/Landscaping Industry is Thriving
Figures vary, however some association figures have the gardening, landscapeand nursery industry upwards of $100 billion dollars. This fact is true, business appears to be ‘blooming.” The show had entertaining speakers and a free rock concert featuring 38 Special. Their greatest hit “Caught Up In You” is apropos. I think this group is very caught up in gardening and growing 🙂
*About IGC Show | Garden Centers of America
â€œIt all began almost 60 years ago when a young fellow by the name of Dick Morey had a vision. He thought the garden center business was ready for its own magazine and, though he had no publishing experience, he thought he could make it a success. Success indeed! Today . . . Garden Chic and Nursery Retailer – now IGC Retailer are the leading trade magazines in the thriving $100 billion retail garden center marketplace. As second-generation innovators, Dickâ€™s son Jeff and his wife Cheryl carry on the long-established tradition of editorial excellence. Now, with their launch of The IGC show in 2007 Jeff and Cheryl Morey have created a â€œtown squareâ€ where the entire industry meets every year to buy and sell, exchange ideas and celebrate this business so many have grown to love and call their own.â€