If someone said to you, "I have a beautiful garden. Would you like to see it?" what would you say? If you were me, "Yeah baby!" would barely be out of your mouth before sprinting toward whatever patch of plants they tended. Now imagine you get to tour their garden with a bunch of other passionate garden bloggers and you have the Garden Bloggers Fling.
The 2016 Garden Bloggers Fling was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota in mid July. We trekked into neighboring Wisconsin to see this incredible garden full of mosaics.
Created by Wouterina De Raad, whimsical sculptures can be found through out this lush garden. The artist and garden had so much spirit and soul I didn't want to leave.
But the Fling isn't just about seeing cool gardens. It's about coming together with other gardeners and meeting the people behind the blogs. It's a three and a half day garden lovers gabfest.
These lake shore gardens with their rich sandy loam were packed with plants that struggle in my hot, humid summers. It was enlightening to see them all alive instead of begging for a quick death in my Virginia clay.
This riverbed recirculates the water so it's always flowing.
870 hostas are packed into this magnificent garden. The bloggers arrived in stunned silence
and then immediately began talking and taking pictures.
This dry riverbed is used to control the runoff from heavy rain.
We weren't the only garden visitors.
The incredible garden of Rhonda Hayes has gorgeous raised steel beds
full of edibles and flowers.
full of edibles and flowers.
But chatting with your garden blogger friends isn't the only reason to attend a Fling. You're able to explore amazing gardens in person instead of just virtually and you return home inspired and energized. How inspired? After attending three Flings, I'll be hosting the next one!
870 hostas! Incredibly beautiful, but I sadly think what a feast my voles would have. The mosaics, however, are critter proof, and are a great way to introduce whimsy and color into a garden. Thanks for showing these gorgeous gardens. Though I can't visit with like-minded garden bloggers, which is the definitely the best way to do it, at least I got an inspirational, virtual taste!ReplyDelete
The mosaic garden was amazing! The garden with the hostas didn't seem to have deer or vole problems but they were battling rabbits. Maybe you could have a mini-Fling for bloggers/gardeners in your area. :o)Delete
OMG-I just have to come to the next one!!! I'll put it on the calender right NOW.ReplyDelete
There will be more info coming on Aug. 1. :o)Delete
These garden flings sound like fun. 870 hostas in one garden look lush.ReplyDelete
They are a blast! You should come!Delete
I look forward to next year's fling, Tammy! Knowing you (in the virtual sense), I'm guessing that your plans are already well underway.ReplyDelete
I've been planning it for ages so it should come together quite well. I can hardly wait to meet you!Delete
Hi Tammy, how cool that you could go to the fling and even better that you will be hosting the next one :-)!ReplyDelete
The "Hosta Garden" looks amazing. I love these plants, but sadly Southern California is completely unsuited for them, so I always enjoy when I can see them in other people's gardens and even if it is just virtually.
Minneapolis might have hostas but they were rather short on palm trees. :o)Delete
Beautiful! Love to see water on the gardenReplyDelete
Great wrap up Tammy. I look forward to the Flings so much. Each has its own flavor, all has some take-away that I can use in my garden. Next year will be great!ReplyDelete
I hope so!Delete
This artist takes mosaics to a magnificent level.ReplyDelete
How wonderful that you will be the next host! I'm bummed to have missed this year's Fling, though - thanks so much for the recap. I'm in love with the white flowers in photo #2, from the awesome mosaic garden. Do you know what they are? They are gorgeous!ReplyDelete
I'm pretty sure they are cohosh, also known as actea or cimicifuga. They're tough dry shade plants.Delete
Is that the hosta garden that everyone crashed? I missed that! It looks spectacular. Good luck with next year's Fling, Tammy. Even the best-organized planner needs all the luck they can get!ReplyDelete
Yes, it is! I'll take all the luck I can get! :o)Delete
Oh the mosaics...sigh. Sorry to have missed this year's fling but won't make the same mistake next year! Good luck with planning!ReplyDelete
You would have loved that garden. It was just amazing. Looking forward to seeing you next year. :o)Delete
What an awesome follow up Tammy!! Just enough to wet ones appetite for the Garden Bloggers Fling 2017!!! Thanks for sharing Tammy!!ReplyDelete
I'm hoping my next post will get everyone drooling!Delete
Fabulous recap, Tammy! The Fling is so much fun--especially when we get to reconnect with garden blogger friends. Cheers!ReplyDelete
The people are the best part. :o)Delete
Oh goodness, what stunning gardens, just look at those mosaics! Stunning. I really wish I could join in, how lovely it would be to get together with like minded people. Can't wait for your fling!xxxReplyDelete
You should come to DC! It would be a blast!Delete
Great post, Tammy - I love your writing! Excited to see your garden live and in-person next year :)ReplyDelete
Thanks! I can't decide if I'm terrified or excited at the prospect of having everyone over. Maybe a little bit of both....Delete
Great overview of the Minneapolis Fling. I loved those mosaic sculptures, the water features, and so much more. I'm sure the DC fling will be amazing!ReplyDelete
I loved those sculptures, too. :o) We had so much fun in Minneapolis. It was an excellent Fling!Delete
You are so right - the fling is just as much about the people as the gardens. And oh god, that first paragraph made me laugh out loud...I can SO see you saying/doing that :) Can't wait until next year!!ReplyDelete
It will be fun! I have big shoes to fill. The Minneapolis fling was awesome!Delete
Loved your tour through the gardens, they are beautiful and it is so awesome that you are hosting the next one!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the tour and congrats on your hostessing for next year!!ReplyDelete
Thanks! We saw incredible gardens and had lots of fun. :o)Delete
This fling was so interesting and gave many ideas, wasn't it Tammy? I'd like to go with you as well. The hostas are always beautiful but 870... wow.ReplyDelete
Have a nice week!
I wish you could come! The hosta garden was stunning! Absolutely beautiful!Delete
What a wonderful treat to get to see these wonderful gardens and meet fellow bloggers. I wish we had something like that in Europe. 870 hostas and no slug damage? How does that work?ReplyDelete
I was in England in early July and you have slugs the size of small land mammals! They're huge! The gardener said he used a lot of slug bait and that his biggest problem was with rabbits.Delete
Tammy girl ... that number of hosta does my head in .. I might fall off my chair in fact ! haha ..ReplyDelete
The gardens are gorgeous and I so love the colourful garden art.
There is something about the dry stream/river beds that have me mesmerized (my tiny one is too pitiful but I insist on having one ? haha)
I would so love to have a chance to be at your fling .. we could have a costume party to boot OK ? haha
Wonderful pictures girl .. I caught that comment about the size of UK slugs and it a shiver ran down my spine UGH!!
Thank goodness I never saw them in Holland ;-(
Joy : )
I was stunned when the gardener rattled off that number! Incredible! I do wish you could come nest year. It would be awesome!Delete
Great overview of the fabulous 2016 Fling. Can't wait to see what you all have in store for us next year in the DC area!ReplyDelete
Hello Tammy, what I like best when you show someone a garden is that pause of breath as their eyes try and absorb everything and they need a few seconds to take in the flowers, plants and overwhelming beauty, before starting to effuse and take pictures!ReplyDelete
How fantastic this must have been! I absolutely love that dry river bed! Just saw your post about next year in DC...it sounds wonderful!ReplyDelete