Here we are, on the eve of another Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. I’ll head out in a bit to see what is blooming in my garden, thinking about Elizabeth Lawrence, and her quote that inspired bloom day, “We can have blooms nearly every month of the year.”
I received an email the other day letting me know that Elizabeth Lawrence’s garden and five other gardens will be open for The Garden Conservancy Tour on September 25-26 in Charlotte, NC.
If it were just a little closer, I’d be tempted to drive down there for the tour.
When I read posts by other EL fans who have visited, including Dee from Red Dirt Ramblings, I study maps and calculate how far it is to drive from here.
It would take me 10 hours, give or take, to drive there, assuming I drove straight through.
But it appears to me on the map that I’d be driving close enough to a couple of garden bloggers, including Frances at Fairegarden and Christopher Outside Clyde that driving straight through would not be an option. It looks to be about a two day drive, stopping to see Frances and Christopher and their gardens along the way.
I probably won’t get down there for this particular tour, but one day I’ll see Elizabeth Lawrence’s garden and nearby Wing Haven, I’m sure of it.
“It is not enough to grow plants; really to know them one must get to know how they grow elsewhere. To learn this it is necessary to create a correspondence with other gardeners, and to cultivate it as diligently as the garden itself. From putting together the experiences of gardeners in different places, a conception of plants begins to form. Gardening, reading about gardening, and writing about gardening are all one; no one can garden alone.” Elizabeth Lawrence in the preface to her book The Little Bulbs.