Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The garden writers are coming! The garden writers are coming!

https://www.gardenwriters.org/Annual-Conference-Expo-2017
The GWA | The Association for Garden Communicators will be holding their 2017 Annual conference here in the garden tourism mecca of Buffalo, NY.

Weather Channel reporter Maria LaRosa
was a Keynote speaker.
We're expecting between 300 and 400 garden journalists, columnists, bloggers, photographers, book authors, educators, professional speakers, historians, landscapers, nursery professionals, garden center professionals, advertising and PR pros, filmmakers, and more – from across the world! Generally it's any folks that have experience crafting messages that support gardening and landscaping to their audiences.

They'll be here the week after Garden Walk Buffalo, August 4-7, 2017 for educational sessions that range from round-table topics, keynote speakers, panels, professional development topics, and of course, sessions concerning current and upcoming areas of interest to the profession (and public).

Thursday, February 2, 2017

My Ever-raining Rain Chain



My winter project for the garden is an Ever-raining Rain Chain made for the Harry Potting Shed. I've seen Pinterest rain chains with these small terracotta pots, but they were spaced much farther apart, and the pots tended to tip to one side or another. I didn't like any samples I saw.

Only 50¢ each. What a bargain!
I wanted to set it up on the potting shed with a buried bucket hidden underground (under a checkerboard garden square), with maybe broken terracotta pots on a grate over the bucket.

A variable speed fountain pump would send water up a tube through the walls of the shed and secretly come out into a gutter on the shed. Gutters are not there yet. Have to wait for warmer weather for that to happen.

The little pots were 50¢ each at Michael's crafts store. The copper wire is just copper wire from some left over electrical wire from other projects that I stripped and shaped - no cost! I shaped the wire, after much experimentation, into a swirl – that I could expand a bit within the pot – so that the pot would not lean and stay pretty much upright.

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