Garden Bloggers Spring Fling 2009: Chicago!

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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.
Garden Bloggers Spring Fling 2008 attendees in Austin, TX
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?

Garden Bloggers Spring Fling 2009 in Chicago logo
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!

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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debra February 6, 2009, 10:34 am

hi Kathy, I was sitting in the Garden Writers Assoc. winter board meeting when your post popped up – it is exciting to hear about the Spring Fling – and perhaps I can make it to Chicago this year. I’m even more cheered that you might come to Raleigh! yeah!! Deb

Robin Wedewer February 5, 2009, 8:33 am

Oh, Kathy! I’m so sorry we won’t get to see you in Chicago. The gals there have been doing a great job of organizing. It sounds as if we’ll have a great time. At least we’ll get to see you in Raleigh.

Robin Wedewer

Damian February 4, 2009, 7:02 am

Isnt it great how the net can bring people together that have common interests. With all the bad publicity that it always seems to get it is good to sometimes hear a positive message.

MrBrownThumb February 2, 2009, 1:29 pm

Thanks for writing about CSF. Sorry, you can’t make it this year.

Cindy, MCOK February 1, 2009, 5:12 pm

Kathy, keep your phone handy the weekend of Fling. You’ll be hearing from us, I’m sure!

TC January 31, 2009, 9:58 pm

Dave’s Garden used to sponsor “Round Ups.” Which is basically the same as your Spring Fling. They’re a lot of fun. If I lived closer I’d probably show up (and tease you Chicagoins about Rod).

Susan Harris January 31, 2009, 7:08 pm

Well, if we don’t get to see you in Chitown, I sure hope you’re coming to Raleigh!

Kathy Purdy January 31, 2009, 8:23 pm

Susan, I do plan on going to the GWA Symposium in Raleigh. I have marked my calendar and am saving my pocket change!

Helen @ Gardening With Confidence January 31, 2009, 6:59 pm

This really cool. I like Chicago too.

Pam/Digging January 31, 2009, 5:59 pm

Oh no, I thought you’d be there, Kathy. We’ll miss you!

Gail January 31, 2009, 5:53 pm

I was really looking forward to seeing you Kathy~~
It really was a lot of fun…I look at that photo and smile! gail

Mr. McGregor's Daughter January 31, 2009, 5:07 pm

I’m sorry you have to miss it. There literally was no other weekend we could hold it. We all had such a blast last year.

Chiot's Run January 31, 2009, 5:00 pm

I would love to go, but I think I just booked a job for that weekend. Drats. Oh well, I guess I’ll have extra time to get in that trip to Monticello this summer.

Dee/reddirtramblings January 31, 2009, 4:26 pm

Oh! You won’t be there? I thought you were coming. Now, I am sad.~~Dee