Monday, March 14, 2011

Not A Trend In Sight

Each year I try to attend the local Wannamaker's Garden Show just to see what they do with this space in an attached greenhouse.  It was a blustery day so it was a treat to go inside among the plants and ponds.

They are known for their supply of colorful containers and there are hundreds more on racks outside.  I do see lots of tall containers, maybe I do see a trend!

Do these remind you of the sculptures at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show? 

The show is small and draws in local people from surrounding suburbs.  Wannamakers is about twenty miles west of Chicago and is an easy ride on the expressway from the city.

They bring in some well known vendors like Proven Winners, Baileys and Monrovia.  There are many others who represent garden equipment, small growers, seed companies, ponds and barbecues.

Self-contained pond (operates like a fountain but you can grow plants in it)

This is the only type of deer we would enjoy seeing in our gardens.

This is a new annual Phlox called Intensia Blueberry from Proven Winners

Sunsatia Nemesia (improved variety stands up to summer heat) from Proven Winners

I did spot some tropicals in the Monrovia display, but the rep didn't seem to know this was a new trend.  The prices are high because these containers are gallon size ($20)


A variety of succulents from Monrovia in smaller containers so maybe the pricing is more appealing.

On the way out I stopped in another area to select a trellis (they were on sale just during the show) as was just about everything else in the store.



Resin Containers

Spring is definitely around the corner!