Spring Home & Garden Show: Part I

My Arranger and I attended the annual Spring Home and Garden Show in Charlotte the last weekend in February. It was the ninth year for us, and we recognize a certain pattern…a pattern that organizers use each year. By now we know where to go to see the orchid lady and the herbs and new fangled garden tools and crafted pots. And we know where to taste the dipping sauces and watch cooking demonstrations. We also know where to avoid the hot tub salesman and the deck construction guys. I did want to stop by the kitchen knife booth, but my Arranger persuaded me that we needed to check out the succulents instead.

I will report on the many garden displays in future posts, but for now I would like to share one of my favorites. I have dabbled in bonsai over the years and look forward each year to see the displays offered by Charlotte area bonsai experts.

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Phoenix Juniper                                                       Golden Hinoki Cypress

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Japanese White Pine                                                Japanese Black Pine

I well appreciate the art and skill…and patience…that goes into the creation and maintenance over the years of these beautiful specimens. Seeing them is truly an inspiration.


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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9 Responses to Spring Home & Garden Show: Part I

  1. Cathy Testa says:

    Your comment about avoiding the hot tub salesman at the flowershow made me chuckle. Once I saw mattress showcased at a flower show, and I thought, huh? Unless the sheets were made of bamboo or it was for lying down to rest between visiting plant displays, it was of no use and kind of odd. Cathy


  2. Pauline says:

    The Bonsai are beautiful but I can’t help feeling that they would like to escape!


  3. pbmgarden says:

    I like the bonsai–that would be a nice addition to more home and garden shows.


  4. Cathy says:

    I find Bonsai strangely beautiful, but also a little unnatural. It would be interesting to have a go at it one day though. I hope you will show us your bonsai trees some time!


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