This weekend was the much anticipated Central New York garden show in Syracuse, NY. I attend every year with my daughter, sister, and Aunt. We look forward to a day indoors, wandering through gardens full of blooming spring flowers while the weather outside is usually cold, gray, windy, rainy or snowy. This year, we were a bit disappointed with the show. We enjoyed what was there, but some of our favorite vendors and landscape designers were missing. The garden displays weren't as large and there were vendors I don't care to see at a garden show. What do bathtubs have to do with gardening? I don't want to listen to pitches for subscribing to a newspaper. I'm not interested in new siding or windows. If I was, I'd go to the Home show. There were also too many sun room dealers. Perhaps the reason for the smaller, less impressive show is because they had to change venues this year. It was held at the War Memorial, which still has ice on the floor for hockey games. Of course, the ice was covered, but however they did it made the floor very uneven and hard to walk on. Many people were tripping and stumbling. We can only hope the show moves back to it's regular venue next year. Although we were disappointed, we did find some interesting ideas and colorful flowers, as shown below.
|A pleasant waterfall, although the dried ornamental grasses do not go with the spring flowers, unless the gardener has not cleaned up their garden yet from last fall.|
|I love this little arrangement. I'm going to recreate this planting in my yard but I think I will add some small chartreuse colored hostas someplace or maybe some lamium.|
|My favorite garden design, by Ballantyne Gardens in Liverpool, NY. This was a fairy garden. Fairy gardens fascinate me. I love anything miniature. They were selling miniatures to use in fairy gardens so of course I had to buy some for my indoor garden.|
|Close up of one of the fairy houses. I bought the table & chair set for my daughter to put in her indoor fairy garden.|
|This year's theme was Out of This World, thus the spaceship. It was pretty cool, there was mist coming out of it and the lights were blinking.|