For those of us in the garden industry, this is trade show time for next year’s season. I know – it’s hard to believe! Last week I attended a large one in Chicago. I love travelling up north in the summer months as it reminds me of how differently plants can be from one part of the country to another. And the season is shorter and cooler, so some plants are blooming earlier up there than here. It is hard to fathom seeing here lush beds of sedums in full bloom attracting bees in mid-August. Bee balm is already going to seed and some grasses are already showing fall colors. As for heuchera and hostas – we all know they are not bigger in Texas.
Michigan Avenue has the most spectacular planters of all, but what captivated and delighted me much more were the large 54” German Shepherd Statues installed to memorialize Chicago’s fallen police officers killed in the line of duty. This fundraiser called K9s for Cops will also benefit PAWS Chicago. They have all been painted by local artists and just cannot help bring a smile to your face!