They came by the thousands; winter-weary gardeners looking forward to spring and the smell of newly turned soil, and the sight of green grass and the feel of warmer temperatures.
They assembled at the Alliant Center in Madison this past weekend for the 20th annual Garden Expo sponsored by Wisconsin Public TV and University of Wisconsin-Extension where they could see exhibits ranging from prairie plantings to books for sale from University of Wisconsin Press (where I was signing my new novel), and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and other publishers, too. Where they could buy garden seeds and be amazed by a 1,700 square foot landscaped area with spring flowers, tulips and daffodils and a sandbox where the little ones could play.
New shovels were on display, and hoes, and expandable rakes, and other gardening contraptions designed to make the job “easier.” And huge lawnmowers and rototillers—and for those who would rather garden vicariously—beautiful pictures of garden scenes.
People walked elbow to elbow in the aisles, some clutching pussy willows, and assorted bundles of brush; others carrying metal art work that defied description, but apparently had meaning for its new owner.
It was a good winter day—a day of promise for the gardening season that is really just around the corner—well may a few steps around the corner.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Time to do some serious studying of the new seed catalogs.
February 22, 11:00 a.m. Retired Federal Workers Meeting, Waunakee.
February 27, Noon, Mt. Morris Insurance Company annual meeting, Richford, Wi
March 2, 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Public TV, “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.”
March 3, 7:00 p.m. Wisconsin Public TV, “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.”
March 6- 27: Writing Retreat, Florida.
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