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Another Visit to Moss Mountain
Recently, we once again made the journey to Arkansas to visit P. Allen Smith’s beautiful Moss Mountain Farm for the 2013 Garden2Blog event. This time we brought Jacques Ferare, our VP of Product Development. A rose expert and true plantsman, I was excited to show him Allen’s amazing gardens, specifically the rose garden. It was great to reconnect with our “old” friends and meet some new faces. While we often talk with Chris and Teresa at Rose Chat Radio, we’ve never actually met them. They are as passionate about roses in person as they are in their blogs! We also hung out with Kerry and talked about the pros and cons of container gardening with roses. We enjoyed discussing gardening and listening to everyone’s garden stories. This event is a perfect example of how gardening can bring people together — for real, in person — not just over the web.
When it came time to give our presentation, we focused in on Drift® Roses, which were one of the hot topics of G2B2013. Jacques told the story of how this great groundcover rose came to be — from the beginning before we started to breed for improved habit and exceptional flower power, to how we introduced it, and how we see it working in gardens big and small. Allen had some great examples of how to use Drift and Knock Out roses. Even in the melting heat, and with the distracting and always majestic view, our discussion held the bloggers attention. What a lively and passionate group! It’s always great to talk to gardeners — experts as well as novices — and hear what challenges they face. The event was filled with Allen’s favorite recipes and delightful blogger camaraderie.
Until we meet again — happy gardening!