I am feeling very, very grateful and fulfilled. I’m still on a bit of a high from the multitude of grandiose experiences from this past weekend’s Garden Bloggers’ Fling, which this year was hosted in Portland, OR. It was great to see so many bloggers from all over the world gather in our fair city for some frivolous fun. Obviously, I didn’t have to travel far, since I live here. In fact, when fellow bloggers learned that this was my hometown, several times I heard “Oh, you guys are doing such a great job hosting the Fling!”. Yes, we were – except I wasn’t part of that “we”. The entire honor goes to a few devoted people who worked tirelessly for the better part of a year, to make this happen. And, just to make doubly sure that everyone knows who those people were, I want to write this post.
The stalwarts that could be seen, like quick stage hands, orchestrating every part of this event, constantly signaling and messaging in the background, improvising solutions, and meanwhile making sure we all got where we were going, and on time, were:
Scott Weber – the graphics genius who not only designed the elegant logo and did a masterful job on the Fling Garden Directory – but also was one of the masterminds behind the organizational and executional efforts. And, uhm… did I mention that he also opened up his garden for viewing?
Another of the Masterminds without whose fire and energy the Fling would have been a lot more lackluster: Loree Bohl who – in addition to co-dreaming it up and making it happen – also opened up her incredible garden to the rest of us bloggers. No doubt, we also all benefited from her plethora of connections in the gardening community.
The third in the power trifecta was Heather Tucker, whose prodigious capacity for research, problem-solving and clear-headed thinking doubtlessly smoothed many a bump along the long road from idea to implementation. She humbly says Scott and Loree did most of the work, but I think they would both agree that she was indispensable.
Jane Finch-Howell who, despite referring to herself as having “peripheral role” on the Planning Committee, together with Scott, Loree and Heather could be seen from early mornings to late nights coordinating buses, organizing lunches, and monitoring stragglers and bloggers who diverted from the tour. She also acted as “Bus Bunny” extraordinaire during the carefully planned tours, and always knew the answers to any questions. Peripheral in her own mind, maybe…
Lastly Ann Amato-Zorich, who assumed the prettification of the various events. With the help of a generous donations from the California Cut Flower Commission, she supplied all the lovely bouquets.. I owe her a personal thank you for making me a comb with which to adorn my muddy appearance when I showed up for the welcoming cocktails at Pomarius in my work clothes. Much appreciated!
Thanks all for all your hard work! To those of you who didn’t make it to the Fling this year – you’ll have another chance next year when it will reportedly be held in Toronto – one of my all-time favorite cities! I think June 5-7 is the date mentioned, so mark your calendars. 🙂