Last April, a couple dozen garden bloggers flew into Austin, Texas, wondering if they were nuts to meet up with a bunch of total strangers.
In a word: no. First of all, they were not total strangers. Many of them had been reading each other’s blogs regularly, offering advice, compliments and sympathy in the comments as the situation required. Some had even been emailing on a regular basis. Second of all, were they not all gardeners, and aren’t gardeners some of the nicest people on the planet?
What happened was tentative friendships were solidified, new friendships were forged and many wonderful gardens and garden shops visited. Everyone wondered at the end why they didn’t arrive sooner and stay later, and when will we do this again?
May 29th through May 31st, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois is the answer. The Chicago area garden bloggers have bravely volunteered to organize and host the next Garden Bloggers Spring Fling. They have set up an informative blog to keep you abreast of all the details as they are finalized.
If you are planning to go, you should be aware that for a very limited time there is a special rate offered for reservations at Club Quarters, a centrally located hotel. Bloggers are urged to make their reservations today to take advantage of the sale price. See the Spring Fling blog for details.
May I suggest you get some MOO cards or business cards to hand out to your fellow bloggers when you attend? I regret to say, due to a prior commitment, I won’t be joining you there. But I’ll be there in spirit!
P.S.–don’t forget about the seed giveaway now in progress!