they will come and they did. Visit our garden, I mean. On Saturday we had back-to-back busloads of American Conifer Society members in town for the weekend at a gathering that included meetings/tours/speakers/and a conifer auction sponsored by the Central Region. Mark managed to snap a few photos while they were at our garden, but most of the time we were answering questions and socializing. We did have a few minutes to sit by the front door, have a cup of coffee and admire the pristine driveway while waiting for the first bus to arrive.
And suddenly, there it was — looking quite out of place on our street.
We had a chance to exchange names with the first folks off the bus . . .
Luckily they dispersed all over the garden which helped with crowd control. In fact, I noted lots of folks went around the garden more than once looking at things. We had iced tea, a bowl of almonds and lots of before pictures and construction photos on the deck — all of which were a big hit.
i managed to remember the names of most plants I was asked about, even running indoors a few times to check my records for specifics. With serious and knowledgeable gardeners like this group, I am always interested to see what plant or feature catches people's interest. Patterned foliage elicited lots of questions from Hepatica 'Silver Leaf' to Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty.'
Mark mentioned to one of our visitors that we are not members of the Conifer Society nor even what we would call conifer collectors. The gentleman touring our garden said the group was more interested in how people incorporate conifers into their overall garden. That is how we think about conifers and evergreens, so it was nice to think that our garden offered them what they were hoping to see.