In my snail mail today I received a brochure about “a weekend of seminars and workshops specially designed for gardeners in the North Country” on April 23-25. Presenters include Steve Silk (contributing editor at Fine Gardening), Gordon Hayward (author of several excellent garden books), Stephanie Cohen, and Todd Meir (executive editor of Fine Gardening). While I am familiar with and greatly respect the presenters, I am just a teensy bit suspicious of the content, because the titles of their workshops are the same as the workshops they are giving at other Fine Gardening seminars in other parts of the country. Gordon lives in Vermont, and Todd and Steve live in Connecticut, so they might actually have something to say about gardening in a cold climate. Stephanie is currently based in Philadelphia, but who knows where she lived previously? At any rate, more detailed information can be found here. Regardless of whether it will really be tailored to gardening in northern climes, it sounds like a lovely way to spend a weekend, if you’ve got five hundred bucks to blow. (If only . . .) Just the opportunity to rub shoulders with these guys for a weekend would be great. But don’t kid yourself, it’s still going to be pretty cold at Lake George in April, unless they have one of those fluke summer-like weeks like we had in 2002. Heck, they could just as easily have snow. That wouldn’t stop the workshops, but you might hesitate using the golf course. Well, if anyone reading this actually goes, I’d like to hear all about it when you get back.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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