Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pennsylvania Garden Bloggers' Meeting

Garden bloggers from three corners of Pennsylvania: from left, Carolyn, Pam and Julie - that's me :)
Garden bloggers from three corners of Pennsylvania: from left, Carolyn, Pam and Julie - that's me :)
I had the treat a few weeks ago of getting to meet my first "garden bloggers." Of course there is much more to these two beautiful ladies than just garden blogging, as is true of all of us. And by chance, these two also happen to be wives, mothers and gifted gardeners... and wonderful people with whom to spend the day!

Carolyn of Carolyn's Shade Gardens and Pam of Pam's English Cottage Gardens agreed to meet this  spring for an outing to enjoy three amazing gardens: Carolyn's Shade Gardens, Chanticleer, and Longwood Gardens. They were both so gracious. We laughed about meeting each other for our "blind date" and appreciated how very unique the garden blogging community is. It was so fun to put some real faces and personalities behind all of the words that I read on my flat screen.

Here are a few teaser photos while I compile some longer posts for each garden:
One of my first views of Carolyn's Shade Gardens... just captivating! As beautiful in the real world as it appears on the Internet.
One of my first views of Carolyn's Shade Gardens... just captivating! As beautiful in the real world as it appears on the Internet.
View of the opposite side of Carolyn's house: home to many of her rare Hosta and shade plants of all kinds. A real treasure trove!
View of the opposite side of Carolyn's house: home to many of her rare Hosta and shade plants of all kinds. A real treasure trove!
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Chanticleer: a truly romantic estate garden with every inch covered in plants.
Chanticleer: a truly romantic estate garden with every inch covered in plants.
Chanticleer's beautiful Asian Woods.
Chanticleer's beautiful Asian Woods.
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Longwood Gardens: I finally saw the Wisteria Room in its purple garb!
Longwood Gardens: I finally saw the Wisteria Room in its purple garb!
Longwood's sumptuous long border displays for spring.
Longwood's sumptuous long border displays for spring.
Many more pretty views and plant details to come.

Do visit Pam English Cottage Garden and Carolyn's Shade Gardens for more wonderful garden reading!

9 comments:

  1. Garden blogging is certainly a wonderful world. You make such great friends through it. Love seeing Carolyns garden through your eyes, and am looking forward to reading a longer post.

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  2. Lovely posting, Julie. It was wonderful to meet you and Carolyn and make some great garden memories. P. x

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  3. How fun, I'm looking forward to a post from you about Caroline's shade garden which I follow with great interest as I only have a tiny bit of shade and that gets quite dry and hot in summer. I'm hoping to meet with Alberto from Altroverde for some plant swapping some time this year. Christina

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  4. Oh how nice! I've been thinking it would be fun to do something similar with Midwestern bloggers. What a great picture of the three of you! And your garden photos are fantastic!

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  5. Julie, It really was so much fun spending the day with you and Pam. Your photos of my garden are gorgeous. I am not very good with big picture photos, and it was so nice to see you capture the long views. The colors in the wisteria photo from Chanticleer look like an Impressionist painting. I am so impressed. Carolyn

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  6. How wonderful to finally meet up, you must all have had a fantastic time together. Your photos of Carolyn's garden show what a fantastic gardener she is, looking forward to longer posts.

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  7. Oh look at you...3 of my fav people...I keep telling Carolyn I am coming for a visit and them something happens and I can't...but soon...if not this year then next after I retire, and I definitely want to visit Chanticleer and Longwood!

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  8. Oh those teaser photos are lovely! Can't wait to hear more about your garden tours.

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