Earlier this week, I had the honor of being invited to Little Rock, Arkansas, for author, garden designer, and TV personality P. Allen Smith’s fourth annual Garden2Blog event. This event brought together garden bloggers from all over the country to meet some of the movers and shakers in the gardening world and discuss current trends in the industry. I mean, what’s better than powwowing with a group of garden geeks over our love of dirt and all things green?
We packed quite a bit into our much-too-short two days in Little Rock, from a personal tour of Moss Mountain Farm (Allen’s country estate on the banks of the Arkansas River) to workshops with some of Garden2Blog’s sponsors, learning about a variety of products and getting to meet the actual owners, managers, or marketing teams behind those companies.
The face time with these people were one of my favorite things about the event. Not only were they completely receptive and attentive to our questions and suggestions, but they were people just like us, with a passion for gardening and simple living.
The bloggers themselves were an incredible bunch. I was happy to finally put a face to the names I’ve always seen online, make some new friends, and score a few books! (There were quite a lot of published authors in the group, so it was humbling to be in the company of such great, creative minds.)
I’ll post more on the event next week, but in the meantime, check out our very own Garden2Blog music video (the first, I’m told — maybe the first of many?!), and the bloggers, writers, garden designers, and hort experts who made the event so fun! Hope it brings a huge smile to your face as we head into the long weekend!
And the Awesome Garden2Blog 2014 Attendees
Susan Fox of Gaga’s Garden
C.L. Fornari of Garden Lady
Rebecca Sweet of Harmony in the Garden
Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily
Kathy Purdy of Cold Climate Gardening
Jan Bills of Two Women and a Hoe
Mary Beth Shaddix of Mary Beth Shaddix
Christina Salwitz of Personal Garden Coach
Robin Horton of Urban Gardens
Kylee Baumle of Our Little Acre
Jenny Peterson of J. Peterson Garden Design
Lamanda Joy of The Yarden
Michael Nolan of My Earth Garden
Chris Van Cleave of Redneck Rosarian
Teresa Byington of The Garden Diary
Kenny Point of Veggie Gardening Tips
Steve Asbell of The Rainforest Garden
Kelly Smith Trimble of DIY Network
Jerusalem Greer of Jolly Goode Gal
Janet Carson of University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
Stephanie Buckley of The Park Wife
Julie Thompson Adolf of Julie’s Garden Delights
Tina Wilcox of Ozark Folk Center
Disclosure: Hortus, Ltd. and its sponsors provided promotional products, airfare, accommodations, and meals for this event. All opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.