No Room for Miniature Gardening at the Big Northwest Flower & Garden Show?
~ Well, a fairy garden made it into one of the big display gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year – that’s something at least. There were a couple of booths where you could buy some fairy-wares, but there were were no miniatures for miniature gardening. Really? (What’s the difference between fairy gardens and miniature gardens? See here.)
Where are the Miniature Gardens?
We brought our miniature gardens to the second largest garden show in the country, held every February here in Seattle, for ten years straight. I think our last display was in 2014 that capped the 10-year run on our creative displays promoting the new hobby. There was always a crowd around our exhibits taking in the details and snapping photos – it was always well-received with the public reassuring me that they always looked for it each year.
So, when the Northwest Flower and Garden Show changed ownership in 2013 the place where we set up our miniature gardens changed too. The configuration of our usual exhibit space on the skybridge became a little too big for this miniature gardener. When I asked, and I’ve asked every year, if I could get a spot for a miniature garden display, the response was always, “We are booked, there is no more room.”
There was no room for miniature gardening at the second largest garden show in the country.
Even Swanson’s Nursery, the place where I had my big “Aha Moment” when the universe blessed me with the idea, had only a few things for fairy gardening.
Oh, the joy! THE JOY of bringing something new to the marketplace! AWESOME! Lol!
Give them the benefit of the doubt? Maybe “what we have here failure to communicate?”
But, you see, I was hoping that if I backed-off, other people might come forward and display their miniature gardens, but that hasn’t happened yet either. So I guess I’m going to have to do something about this.
SO, WHADDAYA THINK:
Would YOU want to bring one of YOUR miniature gardens to show at this show? I can see it working like any other club where we all take turns looking after the display in exchange for a ticket to the show.
Even though it was a fairy garden in that big garden display this year, it still got a lot of attention and there was always a crowd around it taking pictures…
Let me know what you think in the comments below! If there is enough interest, we can make something fun happen but we’ll need to act early and see if we can “make” some room for the biggest and newest garden niche. :o)
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