so, what did you think of the nj flower show?
Oh, boy. . .I'm afraid this is what happens when an outside
Events Production Company gets their hands on a show that
requires a least SOME degree of taste and esthetics. Suffice it to say that I was pretty PO'd to be charged an
admission and then be herded down a side corridor through a
side door into a vast chamber which it turns out was 50% or
more filled with vendors pushing non-garden-related stuff
and hoping to pry away some MORE of my money. Aside from
the fact that almost anything offered there is now available on-line (and cheaper!), why would I need to go to
a Flower and Garden Show to purchase 300-thread count
Egyptian cotton sheets. . .or a Super-Clean Steam Mop. . .
or investment advice from David Lerner Associates. . .or
four pair of socks for $10.00!. . .or even Allstate Insurance? My heart went out to all those legitimate garden vendors and serious horticultural groups (like Diane's Jersey Shore Rose Society) who found themselves trapped in this hustler's circus.
The signage everywhere was either incorrect or inadequate; parking was a nightmare - we were actually FORCED to park in a vacant field about a half-mile from the Expo Center, and then stand and wait in a freezing wind for 15 minutes for a shuttle bus to find us! Rather than being glad to finally reach the Flower Show, instead I couldn't wait to get out of there. And WHERE were all the flowers???
On the way home, I stopped at Sickles Farm
Market in Little Silver and spent a blessed half-hour in
their greenhouse (free!) soaking up some REAL horticulture.
And if you'd like to see it done correctly, here in New Jersey, check out the link below.
Here is a link that might be useful: Springfest Flower & Garden Show