Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dancing Oaks: Your Destination for the Unique and Unusual

I love it when gardeners describe themselves as plant addicts, with no apologies or explanations. Leonard Foltz and Fred Weisensee of the spectacular Oregon nursery Dancing Oaks are passionate gardeners and enthusiasts of unusual and unique plants. Their idea of a vacation is a plant collecting expedition to South Africa or Chile!

Epimedium 'Caramel' from Dancing Oaks

Dancing Oaks ships nationwide and only sells plants of the highest quality. Grown on site at their nursery or through reputable growers, trees, shrubs, and perennials that "merit cultivation and appreciation" are offered through on site sales as well as their website. Biennials, ferns, bulbs and tubers, vines, grasses, and bamboo are also offered. Their online catalog lists helpful and humorous information about each plant. 

For gardeners in the area, their nursery is surrounded by gorgeous display gardens and features a pavilion perfect for group events. "In concert with the plants in the garden are water features, xeric gardens, metal sculptures created by local artists, a vine covered cedar pergola, hand made glass art and urns and pots for garden ornaments."

For more information about Dancing Oaks, check out Grace Pete's blog post about her visit to the nursery.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange: Local From the Ground Up

I am convinced a container is as capable as my garden beds of holding any plant I love provided the container is large enough. Every year I put this to the test by planting sweet potatoes, a space hogging tuber fond of long, hot summers, in containers on my patio. While this seems like a recipe for failure, it's not.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange specializes in herbs, flowers, and vegetables that thrive in the southeast. Their Bunch Porto Rico sweet potatoes are designed for small spaces and fill my containers with enough spuds to mash into a casserole for Thanksgiving while spilling their foliage around my other pots, giving my container garden a lush, tropical feel. Specializing in organic and heirloom seeds and starts from their cooperatively run business, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is an excellent company with a reputation for integrity and responsibility. All of their seed is non-GMO and produced by local farmers. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bluestone Perennials: My Garden Problem Solving Secret

What do you do when you just can't find the right plant for your problem spot? I turn to family owned Bluestone Perennials and their Plant Finder. Most gardeners have an online nursery or information source they rely on to help them solve their design dilemmas. Bluestone is one of my favorites. I added phlomis tuberosa to my garden this fall after seeing it suggested as a tall, butterfly-attracting plant for a hot, dry site with bright, partial shade. The descriptive information that accompanies each listing lets you know how to best use the plant by listing its attributes. The other plants I was considering were plastic tulips so I was grateful to have an alternative.

Phlomis tuberosa from Bluestone Perennials

I've been stuffing my garden with their big, healthy plants for years. Each plant comes in a coconut coir pot so you don't have to worry about transplant shock when you add them to the garden. Because they offer a multiple plant discount, my cart always fills up quickly. Every plant grown by them is free of neonicotinoid pesticides, which is still a rarity. Now if I could just find a spot for this new geranium....

Saturday, January 7, 2017

We're All Coming to the Fling! Are You??

Now that we've hung our new calendars, it's time to fill in a few blocks for some garden blogger fun! Listed below are the bloggers who will be attending the 2017 Capital Region Fling June 22 - 25, 2017. Register today to add your name to the list!

 Meadowlark Gardens in Virginia

SPECIAL NOTE: The gardeners and landscape designers who are showing their gardens will be joining us for the Fling!


Kathy Keeler      A Wandering Botanist
Kathleen Melikian    Queen of the Dirt
Jim Peterson    Garden Design
Kristine Peterson    Late to the Garden Party
Kathy Stoner    Garden Book


Jennifer McGuinness    Frau Zinnie
Sue Webel      Idyll Haven


Peggy Montgomery    American Beauty Native Plants


Andrea Fox    Grow Where You're Planted


Cydney Wade    Rose Petals Nursery


Karin Hicks    Southern Meadows


Judy Hertz    Garden In a City

Jason Kay    Garden In a City


Ken Walton      Wabash Valley Farms


Jean McWeeney    Dig Grow Compost Blog


Kathy Jentz     Washington Gardener
Claire Jones    The Garden Diaries
Teri Speight    Cottage in the Court


Angela Lituri    The Freckled Rose


Stefanie Gilmour    See Jane Dig
Mark Osgerby        Greenhouse Glass


Beth Billstrom       More Than Oregano
Jennifer Ebeling    6 ft Mama  


Kevin Gepford     Fuchsias in the City
Elizabeth Licata    Gardening While Intoxicated and Garden Rant
Theo Margelony    Fuschias in the City


Daricia McKnight    Callicarpa
Patricia Moffat    pbm Garden
Lisa Wagner      Natural Gardening


Kylee Baumle    Our Little Acre
Brenda Haas       Creative Living with Bren Haas
Louise Hartwig   Two Girls With a Purpose
Susan Heappard  Two Girls With a Purpose


Ann Amato-Zorich    Amatuer Bot-ann-ist
Loree Bohl                Danger Garden
Jane Finch-Howell     Mulch Maid
Heather Tucker    Just a Girl With a Hammer


Lynn Purse    Composer in the Garden


Janet Ledebuhr             The Queen of Seaford
Julie Thompson-Adolf     Garden Delights


Gail Eichelberger     Clay and Limestone
Barbara Wise            B wise gardens


Vicki Blachman     Playin' Outside
Chris  Giaraffa       Watching My Garden Grow
Cat Jones             The Whimsical Gardener
Diana  Kirby       Sharing Natures Garden
Laurin Lindsey     Ravenscourt Gardens
Pam Penick         Digging
Shawn Schlacter    Ravenscourt Gardens
Laura Wills       Wills Family Acres


Wendy Hartoum    High Country Gardens
Jenny Prince    American Meadows


Tracy Blevins     PlantsMap
Laura Christian    Plant Pop
Gryphon Corphus     Southern Exposure
Connie Hilker       Hartwood Roses
Karen Rexrode     Studiology
Peggy Riccio        Peg Plant
Tammy Schmitt    Casa Mariposa
Ira Wallace       Southern Exposure


Alison Conliffe      Bonney Lassie
Barbara Sanderson    Glass Gardens NW


Helen Battersby    Toronto Gardens
Janet Davis           The Paintbox Garden
Margaret Mishra   Homegrown Adventures
Patterson Webster   Site and Insight


Helen Johnstone         The Patient Gardener
Victoria Summerly     Tales From Awkward Hill
Charlotte Weychan     The Galloping Gardener

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Lazy S's Farm Nursery: I'd like three of everything, please.

Every spring and fall I wait eagerly for my shipment from Lazy S's Farm Nursery in Barboursville, Virginia. Gaps in my design or empty space in newly expanded borders are always filled with perennials from their massive online nursery. When the plants at the local nurseries are picked over or they've never heard of the specific cultivar I've decided I can't live without, I head to Lazy S. 

Lazy S's Farms Nursery is sponsoring the garden at Casa Mariposa, one of the stops on the Fling tour. Many of the plants in this photo are from Lazy S.

How many plants does Lazy S feature in their expansive online nursery? A zillion. The plants are grown without growth inhibitors or neonicontinoid pesticides and can withstand the heat and humidity a Virginia summer dishes out. Unlike the vague write-ups often featured on plant tags, owners Pete and Debbie Scheuchenko give you the honest truth about what to expect from each plant. I spend as much time on their site just researching plants as I do shopping. The detailed plant descriptions tell you the country of origin and types of wildlife attracted or repelled, as well as necessary growers information.

   North American natives such as purple coneflower, as well as ornamentals, are available at Lazy S.

Their plants arrive expertly packed, well rooted, and full of lush growth. Instead of paying expensive east coast garden center prices for small plants sold in giant pots, you'll pay a fair price for a sturdy, pesticide-free plant with a sizable root ball. As the sponsor of the Casa Mariposa garden, bloggers at the Fling will be given a plant list of every plant in the garden purchased from Lazy S. Each plant will be marked with special decorative markers that correspond to a numbered list. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Kitazawa Seed Company: A Beacon of Preservation

** This is the first in a series of articles about the companies sponsoring the Fling.

In an age where large corporations routinely devour small companies with the enthusiasm of a starving teen in a pizza shop, Kitazawa Seed Company is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Started as a family business in 1917 to meet the needs of Japanese immigrants eager to grow traditional crops, Kitazawa soon became the main source of seed for the growing Japanese-American community. Forced to close the business from 1942 to 1945 when the Kitazawa family was sent to the Heart Mountain, Wyoming internment camp, they restarted the company after World War 2 ended. They began shipping seed across the country to other farmers and home gardeners who had lost their land and were no longer living on the west coast.

As lack of agricultural diversity reduces the varieties of vegetables available to the home gardener, companies like Kitazawa become a beacon of preservation.  Kitazawa Seed Company sells over 500 varieties of seed, including traditional Japanese vegetables. Custom seed mixes are available for gardeners looking to grow microgreens or specific vegetables to use in juicing, as well as many others. Their seeds are grown in Japan and many other countries across the globe as well in the US. To reflect the changing cultural landscape and palates of  their customers, vegetable seeds for varieties grown around the world have made their way into the stock sold by Kitazawa such as Spanish padron peppers and Middle Eastern molokhia. Recipes that feature the vegetables they sell can be found on their website. 

Owner Maya Shiroyama, who grew up tending vegetables grown from Kitazawa seed, still tests new varieties in her home garden and guarantees biological purity for every seed they sell. They do not buy or sell any genetically engineered seeds. To request a catalog and purchase seed, visit their website at Kitazawa Seed Company.

Friday, September 30, 2016

2017 Capital Region Fling Registration Info

I'm having a party! Are you coming? I hope so! Here's everything you need to know about registering for the 2017 Capital Region Garden Bloggers Fling. The Fling will be held from 6 pm Thursday, June 22 to 8 pm Sunday, June 25.


Registration is $300 and payable with all major credit cards. I'm using Eventbrite to manage our registration and there is a $17 processing fee. You also have the option to add-on a wine tasting at Stone Tower Winery. Only those who have purchased this prior to the Fling will be able to participate. We'll be having lunch at Stone Tower and they'll be setting up a special tasting just for us in the beautiful event space we've reserved. Wineries are busy places on summer weekends so purchasing this ahead of time guarantees you a chance to sample our amazing Virginia wines. 

If you'd like to add the wine tasting, it's available on the final 'Pay Now' page. You also have the opportunity to Opt-In to receive information from our sponsors. This is an excellent way to learn more about these wonderful companies. Only registrants who have Opted-In will have their email given to our sponsors.  


Registration opens at 12 noon on Saturday, October 15. To register send an email to Tammy@capregiongardenbfling.comIn the email, include your name, a link to your blog, and how long you've been blogging. I'll visit your blog to make sure it's at least six months old and includes at least one post written on or after April 15. If there's an issue, I'll email you back. If not, you'll receive an email from Eventbrite with an invitation to our private registration page. Early registration is not available unless you have previously sponsored a Fling. 


No. Registration has been set up to allow each blogger to only purchase one ticket at a time. If you write your blog with another person, they'll need to register separately.


No. While our registration is higher, we've been given an excellent room rate of $159 a night at the beautiful Hyatt at Reston Town Center, which is lower than previous Flings. The Hyatt also offers a free shuttle from Dulles International Airport, eliminating the extra expense of a cab. The Thursday night Welcome event will feature a full dinner instead of just appetizers, courtesy of the amazing folks at American Meadows and High Country Gardens. These savings reduce the cumulative cost of the Fling, making it the same as previous Flings.


Once your registration has been confirmed, I'll send you an email with the link to the Fling-only Hyatt registration site. A code has been applied giving everyone a special rate. If you reserve your room before being given this code, you'll pay a much higher rate. If you want to extend your stay, the Hyatt is offering the same rate on June 21st, 26th, and 27th based on availability so book the extra days as soon as possible to avoid paying the standard rate. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Party in the Capital Region! Are You Coming?

We're having a party and you're invited! The 2017 Fling will be in the Capital Region and we want you to come! The 2017 Fling is open to garden bloggers from around the world and will feature amazing gardens in Washington DC, northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland. It's going to be awesome!

Here's the scoop:

What are the dates/times and who can come?

We begin at 6 pm on Thursday, June 22 and end at 8 pm on Sunday, June 25, 2017 Any garden blogger with a blog at least six months old by the registration date that contains a minimum of one post written on or after April 15, 2016 is welcome to join us.

What do you do at the Fling?

Think of the Fling as the ultimate garden tour. You'll be surrounded by other gardeners as passionate about gardening as you are. Bloggers are interesting, intelligent, creative people and visiting gardens with them is an incredible experience. Have you ever wondered about the people behind your favorite blogs? This is your chance to meet them! 

Enjoying lunch by a lake at the 2016 Minneapolis Fling. Photo by Helen Battersby

Ok, so what are we going to do at the Capital Region Fling?

We'll be visiting the amazing Smithsonian gardens along the  National Mall in Washington DC. You'll have several hours to self-tour this area which will probably include a bathroom break in one of our world famous museums.  We'll also be visiting the incredible US Botanic Garden as well as a few other fabulous DC gardens. Did you know there's an urban "farm" right in the middle of DC?

In Maryland and northern Virginia, we'll be exploring amazing private and public gardens as well as visiting a very cool local winery. There will also be an opportunity to shop at one of the premier nurseries in our area. Check out this interactive story map for a sneak peek into our itinerary!

There are twelve Smithsonian gardens along the National Mall. 

What is the Capital Region?

The Capital Region includes the surrounding suburbs outside DC that are home to most of the people who keep the nation's capital running. DC is a small city and doesn't have enough space to house everybody who works there. Waking up in Virginia, commuting into DC, and then popping into Maryland is very common. Believe it or not, you'll probably lose track of what state we're in while you're here. One of the unique characteristics of the Capital Region is its geographic diversity. Within 45 miles of the White House you can find numerous historic towns such as Arlington, Alexandria, and Annapolis, world class wineries, beautiful farm land, and views of the Chesapeake Bay and Blue Ridge mountains.   

Did you know there's a house in Maryland with a sidewalk in DC?

When can I register and how much does it cost?

Registration opens at noon (Eastern time) on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The cost is $300 and is payable through all major credit cards. Registration is expected to fill up quickly so mark your calendar so you don't forget! 

How do I register?

As soon as registration opens, send an email to the Capital Region Fling committee that includes the following info: Your name, how old your blog is, and a link to your blog. We'll quickly confirm that your blog meets the registration criteria and will send you a response with a link to our invitation-only Eventbrite site to register for the Fling. Once you've registered through Eventbrite and your payment has been processed, you're all set! 

Where can I find this information?

About two weeks before registration opens, We'll post a reminder on the Garden Bloggers Fling website as well as on the blog, Casa Mariposa. There will also be information available in the Facebook group. We'll post the email you'll use to contact us on October 1 but won't begin responding until noon (Eastern time), Saturday, October 15. To make it fair for everyone early registration isn't an option unless you have previously sponsored a Fling. 

What does my registration fee cover?

Your fee covers the expenses related to the Fling including admission and transportation to each garden, fresh from the farm appetizers at our Welcome! party on Thursday night, and lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as well as dinner on Sunday. You will pay for your transportation to the Fling and your hotel expenses. We're staying at a beautiful Hyatt at the Reston Town Center and have been given a special Fling-only room rate. There will be multiple opportunities to win incredible door prizes supplied by our sponsors so leave some space in your suitcase for all the swag.

We'll be traveling in air conditioned comfort thanks to the luxury coaches and mini-buses of Reston Limo.

Are we going to be visiting Casa Mariposa?

Yes! While Tammy's garden doesn't compare to the others we'll be visiting, it's her pleasure to welcome you to the Casa! We hope to see you there.

Are you coming?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Minneapolis Fling: So Much to Write About...

2016 Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling group at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul.
The 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling is over, and the tired but exhilirated bloggers have gone home to sort through hundreds (thousands?) of images and digest all that they have seen and learned about northern gardens. We'll be sharing their posts here. For real-time information about the Fling, check out our Garden Bloggers Fling Facebook page or look on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #gbFling2016. (The photos will blow you away!)

The Fling was organized by Amy Andrychowicz, Kathleen Hennessey and Mary Lahr Schier. You can check out our itinerary, our terrific sponsors, and more information about gardening in the North on this blog. Now, on to the posts!


FRIDAY, July 15

Springwood Gardens Daylily Farm was a favorite stop.

What a pretty vegetable garden!
SUNDAY, July 17


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Planning Your Trip To Minneapolis

I know we've thrown a lot of Fling info at you over the past few months, and it can be hard to find all the information you're looking for. So I thought I'd put together a list of important links and information you'll need for making the final arrangements for your trip to Minnesota next week.

Minneapolis skyline



Our hashtag for the 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling is #gbFling2016. Please be sure to use that every time you post something about the Fling on your favorite social media site. It's a great way for sponsors, garden owners, and fellow Flingers to follow along on our adventures.

Facebook Group

Also it's important to note that all of our communication during the busy days of the Fling is done through our Facebook group. If you're coming to the Fling, but you're not a member of that group yet, please click here and request to join. Then turn on the FB notifications, and keep your eyes peeled for important announcements from now all the way through the Fling (and afterward as people start posting pictures and blog links about the Fling!)

Important Links



  • If you are flying in, there is light rail service from both Twin Cities terminals (Terminal 1 (Lindbergh) and Terminal 2 (Humphrey)) to downtown. You'll take the train to downtown Minneapolis, and then get off at the Warehouse District/Hennepin Ave Station. This station is on 5th Street N, between Hennepin Ave and 1st Ave N. Once you get off the train, you'll go northwest on 5th St toward 1st Ave and turn left onto 1st Ave N. The hotel is 1.5 blocks from the Transit Station between 6th St and 7th St, on the left side of the street (right across the street from the Target Center). Taking the Light Rail is super easy!
  • A cab ride will cost about $35, or you can take an Uber.
  • Driving directions to the hotel are here.  
Minneapolis Central Library (location for our Thurs eve Welcome Event)


Some of your food will be provided, but not all of it. Below is a list so you know what to expect (the meals in bold/italic font are the ones where you'll be on your own).

  • Appetizers and beverages at our welcome event
  • You're on your own for dinner (if you're still hungry after the welcome event)
  • You're on your own for breakfast 
  • Lunch
  • Snacks on the bus
  • Appetizers and beverages at happy hour
  • You're on your own for dinner
  • You're on your own for breakfast 
  • Lunch  
  • Snacks on the bus
  • Banquet Dinner
  • You're on your own for breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Snacks on the bus
  • You're on your own for dinner


Your hosts for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Garden Bloggers Fling: 

Please remember that each Fling is planned, coordinated and run by volunteers - this is not our full time job. So please, please be patient if you experience any glitches during the Fling. We'll do our best to make sure everything goes as planned - but with every BIG event, there's always something, right? So, patience and understanding are always appreciated!
Thank you!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Thursday Night Welcome Event!!

Our Thursday night Welcome event for the Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling will be at the Minneapolis Central Library. One of the reasons we chose this location for our welcome event is because it's a short 7 minute walk (3 blocks) from our hotel (or a 5 minute walk from the train station).

But the main reason we chose it is because the Minneapolis Central Library is a beautiful building (and we wanted to show it off)! Built in 2006, the Minneapolis Central Library is a fairly new addition to our beautiful city. Because of it's gorgeous, award winning architecture, the Minneapolis Central Library has been named one of the 50 most beautiful libraries in the world. (The library also has a green roof, but unfortunately it's not open for tours. Super bummed about that!!)

I would share a link to their website, but it's totally unimpressive!! Instead, you'll have to wait and see it for yourself. :-)

Thursday Evening Welcome Event

Location: Minneapolis Central Library - 300 Nicollet Mall, downtown Minneapolis
Time: 5:30-8pm
Refreshments: Appetizers, beer, wine and other refreshments will be served
Attire: Anywhere from casual to dressy

The room is located on the 2nd floor on the north side of the building. They will post directional signage in the elevators and at the bottom of the escalator to make it easier for us to find the room.

We will plan to meet in the hotel lobby for those of you who are walking from the hotel. If you want to walk with the group, meet in the lobby between 5-5:15.

Or you can just meet us at the library. Since it's so close to our hotel, you can come and go whenever you want - so there's no rush to get there exactly at 5:30. Of course, you can leave the event early if you want to grab an earlier dinner (but you have to eat your fill before we let you leave, so that might spoil your appetite! LOL!).

For those of you who are driving... there are two levels of parking located beneath the Library. The parking ramp entrance is on 4th Street (across the bus and bike lanes) between Hennepin and Nicollet. The ramp is directly below the library.

Will we see you there?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Things To Pack and What To Wear

Minneapolis is TWO WEEKS away!! Say what?!?

A few people have asked what they should plan to bring for their trip to Minneapolis, and what to wear. Here's a list of ideas for you...

Things to Pack:

  • Camera!
  • Sunscreen 
  • Hat
  • Extra camera batteries and memory card
  • Phone and camera chargers
  • An umbrella to protect your camera in case of rain. 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Your name tag and buttons if you've been to the Fling before (don't worry newbies, we've got you covered!) 
  • Business cards
Make sure to leave lots of extra space in your suitcase for your swag!! (Your swag will come in a bag, so you can use that as an extra carry on if you need to. :-) )

What to Wear:

Wear comfy clothes during the day for the garden tours. If you feel like dressing up for dinner, then bring a change of clothes for each night. (But do note that we won't be returning back to the hotel before our banquet dinner on Saturday night)

Minnesota's weather can be very unpredictable! Although we don't expect it will get down below zero during the Fling (ok... that was a joke!), it can get cool in the evenings. Daytime temps can range anywhere from the 70s... all the way on up to the low 100's and humid (yuck, hopefully that won't happen during the Fling!).
I highly recommend that you wait until the week of the Fling to check the weather report and decide what to pack... and then check it again the day before you come because the weather report can change on a dime. No joke.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the A/C tends to be cranked up pretty high at most places in MN (I guess Minnesotans really DO like it cold!). Our Thursday night event will be indoors, as will our banquet dinner on Saturday night. So, make sure you bring a sweater or light jacket to take with you to these events, and also when you go out to restaurants.

Also, we will be doing LOTS of walking during the Fling, so make sure you bring comfy shoes! We'll be walking through gardens after all - and over lawns, up and down hills, and through the streets of downtown Minneapolis....etc. Plan accordingly.

Here's the tentative itinerary in case you missed it...  Minneapolis Fling Itinerary Preview

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Garden Blogger Fling Sponsor/Swag Teasers

Garden Design Magazine 
Garden Design Magazine is full of inspiration and information. A long-time supporter of the Fling, the magazine will host our Friday happy hour as a Bloom level sponsor of the Minneapolis event. We’ll learn more about publication’s direction as we unwind from our first day of tours.

Kelly Moore Bags 
Leave it to bloggers to discuss cameras and handbags. A recent Facebook chat lead us to reach out to Kelly Moore Bags to see if they would like to be part of the Minneapolis Fling. They are teaming up with us as a Bloom level sponsor and are also donating two bags for our door prize drawing, and putting a little something special in our swag bags.

If you don’t know about Kelly Moore Bags, you should! They’re the perfect combination of beauty, function and fun. Check out all the eye candy at

American Beauties 
American Beauties Native Plants is a groundbreaking program designed to raise awareness about the importance of native plants to our environment. Their branded pots and four-sided plant tags make it easy to choose the best natives for your garden. Each tag offers all the information you need to be successful and teaches you about each plant’s benefits to wildlife.

American Beauties is all about giving back. A portion of the proceeds from every plant sold will fund environmental research and education.

American Beauties joins us as a Bloom level sponsor. Learn more at:

Bailey Nurseries 
If you love hydrangea and roses, you’re in for a treat when we tour Bailey Nurseries. The nursery who brings us Endless Summer Hydrangeas, FirstEditions Plants and Easy Elegance Roses partners with this year’s Fling at the Bloom level, hosting us for lunch in their beautiful display garden.

Bailey Nurseries is one of the largest wholesale nurseries in the United States. This fifth-generation, family owned nursery provides plant material to garden centers across the country.

Bachman's Floral, Gift and Garden Center is a Minnesota institution, and one of the largest traditional floral and nursery operations in the world. The company was founded in 1885 when Henry Bachman, Sr., planted potatoes, lettuce, onions, and squash on a plot of land in South Minneapolis. Today, that plot contains the company's headquarters and acres of floral, gift, garden, and landscaping departments. On a busy Valentine's Day week, Bachman's will deliver over 24,000 trademark purple packages.

Bachman’s partners with the Fling as a Bloom sponsor and will host us for a garden center tour and lunch.

Swag, Swag, Swag 
Our sponsorship team has been working hard to partner with the best gardening companies across the country to bring you swag, door prizes and other fun surprises throughout the Fling. We’ve got plants, seeds, tools, toys, books and more from: Botanical Interest, Corona Tools, Cobra Head, Sustane OrganicFertilizer, Southern Living Plant Collection, Blooms of Bressingham, Bayer, TulaHats, Costa Farms, Gorilla Cart, Teak Closeouts, Tubtrugs, Southen Exposure Seed Exchange and Proven Winners, just to name a few.

Best of all, you won’t have to wait until the end of the event to get your hands on some of these fun products. We have special deliveries and fun games planned every day!

There are still spots open if you want to join us for the 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling in Minneapolis on July 14-17. Go here to register now...  Register for the 2016 Minneapolis Garden Bloggers Fling