Hats off to Lynne Opstad and Anna Denis of Garden Snaps LLC for coming up with an idea that will make all gardeners happy and will help us manage time more usefully during the short Alaska summer. They are designing and putting together a map of greenhouses, nurseries and public gardens in Anchorage and Mat-Su. This map will be distributed free starting hopefully in April. Right now they are still soliciting garden-related businesses for inclusion on the map.
The map, which is a locally designed watercolor, will also include a list of garden clubs in the areas and garden and horticultural resources. You can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Miller thoughtfully brought The Garden Gate to the conference with elegant hats, baskets and gloves that are at home doing dirty business in the garden too.
And WeHop plant distributors who provide the Proven Winners brand brought examples of plants that we can expect to see for sale this summer. What a tease to see these growing right now!
The trade show also includes informational displays from the Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation, the Division of Forestry, Community Forestry, Alaska Mill & Feed, Syngenta Horticultural Service and the Dept. of Agriculture Invasive Weeds and Pest Management Program.