If the Garden Bloggers’ Fling in Austin, Texas was a movie, it would win an Oscar for best picture.
The “production company” of local Austin bloggers put together a script that included events and gardens that kept us entertained and delighted from Thursday evening all the way until Sunday evening.
Under their direction, we drove around the city in comfortable, air-conditioned buses with two of the best bus drivers you could ask for checking out gardens of all shapes and sizes.
Like any great movie, there was drama, provided not by people but by Mother Nature who decided to make Friday a rain day.
Rain day? Such an understatement. This was Texas, so it was a Big Rain Day with deluges of rain that would soak a fish and drown a toad. But then the sun came out and the gardens glistened.
There was a great cast of characters, too. 92 similarly garden-obsessed bloggers, all with cameras and smiles. Most of the lines in our fling movie were ad-libbed and included lots of “Wow”, “What is this plant?”, and “I want this in my garden.”
We were all sad to see our fling movie come to an end. We lingered at the end to give credit where credit was due, set to the sounds of a live band, before heading off to the buses where we received one last reminder to “shut the bins up”, lest some purchase or plant fall out of the overhead bins as we headed up South Congress St. toward our hotel.
Fortunately, a new movie, another fling, is just around the corner, coming in June 2019, where a new production company is writing a script featuring gardens and events in Denver, Colorado.
Can I buy my ticket now? I don’t want to miss another fling!