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.
In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.
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