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Are you going.

I am really excited and am heading there on Sunday.
Steven Biggs will b e talking about figs..uh huh
And Darren h from my favourite tree farm and whistling gardens will be speaking as well
So many great presentations!

Sorry, no link?. I am not on my computer at the moment…just had to share!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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MsDebbieP

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jroot

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posted 150 days ago

Interesting that you sent this today. Gail and I were just talking a few minutes ago about our attending the festival on Sunday as well. Alas, Sunday is the final day. I’ll try to remember to be wearing my Garden Tender shirt.

http://stratfordgardenfestival.com

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 150 days ago

hmmm GardenTenders shirt or ENJO shirt …. maybe I’ll have to dress in layers! ha.

I hope we cross paths!
I’ll probably be sitting in the education section, listening to speakers.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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mmh

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posted 150 days ago

Have a wonderful time! I’m “GREEN” with envy down here in Maryland. Still having frigid temps (18F last night), BUT I think we have a few days in the 40’s next week and I have an order of fruit and nut trees due in a few weeks. Bbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

If you see Spring at the show, please tell her to come this way!

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 149 days ago

I think that we might be hitting an “above freezing” temperature by the end of next week … I am hopeful!!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 148 days ago

Have fun at the show, Debbie and Jroot. Let us know about your favorite exhibits.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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justjoel

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posted 148 days ago

Hey, I proudly wore my GardenTenders shirt at the National Heirloom Expo and to the March Against Monsanto! Have fun at the show, can’t wait for the photo albums!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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MsDebbieP

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posted 148 days ago

We are here….thoroughly enjoyed the info by Darren of whistling Gardens and now we are waiting or Steven to talk about figs

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 148 days ago

The speakers were fantastic … I’ll be posting pictures soon.

AND … we met up with Jroot and the Mrs. !!! How wonderful
Jroot and I chatted about a “GardenTenders picnic” ... I’ll have to post a blog soon to see if anyone is interested.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 148 days ago

Soon after we arrived we headed to the speakers area and I met Steven Biggs and his wife and we had a little chat about figs. He did a great presentation about “wow” items for the garden—such as a pole bean that is large and purple, which he uses raw with dips.

During his presentation, he posted this picture and I thought of Iris. (It’s a picture of one of his children with about 20 snails)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 148 days ago

We also listened to Darren H’s info session on trees/shrubs, which was fascinating. I hope I can et my hands on that golden pine that seems to glow in the winter.

And then we wrapped up our day with another presentation by Steven—the one on growing figs.
It was at this time that we “bumped into” Jroot and his wife. How wonderful it was to connect again and do a little planning for an upcoming picnic.

This fig picture was one of our favourites … the espalier fence. I hope you can make out the image and the possibilities!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 148 days ago

We also got to do a tour of the displays, of course. Again, lots to see and inspire!

Birdhouses

Fairy Gardens

Metal Work
(a gate)

And a beautiful waterfall

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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jroot

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posted 147 days ago

Good to see MsDebbieP at the show. We learned that figs can tolerate some frost, and NEED to go dormant in the winter. They WILL survive in our climate outdoors with some help – burying, or a structure around them. The presenter, Steven Biggs, lugs his into an unheated washroom or cold room for the winter, but is contemplating building some structures for outdoor storage as well, which he has seen several growers in the area use.

We LOVED that waterfall in her last photo. Gail is wondering how I could incorporate something like that in my next water feature that I started last fall, but was stopped my Old Man Winter … who does not seem to want to leave any time soon.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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justjoel

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posted 147 days ago

Very cool stuff – love the fairy doors and the tool gate (I have a rake that is bent just like that!).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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