I attended the annual convention of the Garden Writers Association, (GWA), in Portland Oregon and was happy to find many fellow bloggers there.
The five day event held by GWA is an opportunity for garden communicators in diverse venues- book and magazine writing, bloggers, television and radio personalities and gardening educators and publishers, to polish up their writing and communication skills.
We spent a lot of time sharing information with each other on how we can better serve you- the gardener who enjoys reading our books, magazines, websites, blogs and watching our television shows and listening to garden radio and podcasts.
It was a special treat because I got to meet for the first time, a bunch of garden writers and bloggers who I have long admired.
Check out my photo gallery of some of the people I rubbed shoulders with.
Standing, left to right: Lydia Plunk, Southern California writer and blogger at A Very Good Life, Susan Harris of Garden Rant and Sustainable Gardening Blog, myself, (Shirley Bovshow), garden designer, television host and blogger at EdenMakers’ Blog, David Perry, award-winning photographer and blogger at A Photographers Garden Blog.
Sitting left to right, award winning author and garden designer, Scott Calhoun blogger at Scott Calhoun’s Desert Blog, Nan Sterman, garden writer and television host of “A Growing Passion” , Carleen Madigan Perkins, Storey Publishing garden editor, Susan Appleget-Hurst, Â associate garden editor, Meredith Corporation for Better Homes and Garden magazine and blogger at TheÂ Everyday Gardeners, Debra Prinzing, garden writer, lecturer and author of Â “Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways” blogging at Shed Style” and Mary Ann Newcomer, garden communicator and blogger at Idaho Gardener.
Left to right: Nan Sterman, Billy Goodnick, writer, landscape architect and television host and blogger at Garden Wise Guy and Susan Appleget-Hurst enjoy some conversation.
I sat with Billy on the bus on one of the garden tours and he really is a wise and funny guy!
Left to right: Carleen Madigan Perkins, garden book editor, Debra Prinzing author of one of my favorite new gift books, “Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways,” and myself- Shirley Bovshow known in the blogosphere as “EdenMaker!”
We also met on the bus on the way to a garden tour. He is charming and even more handsome in person- I wish I had a photo of him!
Dee Nash, garden writer and blogger at Red Dirt Ramblings caught my eye at dinner one night.
Her red hair, sparkling blue eyes and wide smile made for an beautiful and friendly face.
Dee was very sweet and I did a video interview with her that will be posted in the coming weeks on my blog- so you have to come back to watch it!
Now I know first hand why everyone loves her!
I have another special treat coming up, Â I videotaped Justin Hancock, senior garden editor of BHG.com (Better Homes and Garden online) at a specialty conifer nursery in Portland Oregon.
I’m calling the segment, “Justin Unleashed,” because let’s just say, this “conifer connoisseur was besides himself with excitement at the site of all the exotic and uncommon conifers.
Justin has been a long time writer but he recently crossed over to television work with an appearance on the NBC Today Show- way to go Justin!
I didn’t expect such a great garden blogger showing at GWA, but now I know to keep my eyes peeled for more bloggers next year!