Garden Bloggers Fling 2017

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I first heard of Garden Bloggers Fling when it was scheduled for Asheville in 2012. My garden blog, pbmGarden, was a mere one year old.

My little backyard filled with some pass-along plants barely seemed to qualify as a real garden and at the time I, hesitating to refer to myself as gardener, would only tell people I liked to garden.

In awe as I was at the unique gardens I was reading about across the web, amazed at the depth and breadth of knowledge the authors held, I lacked the confidence to step up and call myself a garden blogger.  Because really, what did I know about gardening or blogging? And so, I did not go to that Fling in Asheville.

Actually though gardeners and (garden bloggers) are wonderfully accepting people, helpful and eager to share information and ideas. Looking back at my early posts and seeing how the meditation circle and borders looked that spring of 2012, I feel I should have had more courage.

Still today I hesitate to call myself a gardener. Instead I might mention I like to garden.

But missing the opportunity to attend that fling just a few hours away in my home state is something I have always regretted.

When Washington, DC was chosen for next year’s gathering of garden bloggers I knew I could not pass this one by.  So courage found, I am registered, the hotel and transportation are set and I am looking forward to meeting the people behind some of my favorite blogs and exploring public and private gardens with new friends.

Coming? It would be wonderful to see you there.

30 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Fling 2017

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Would be fun! I can understand Christina–it’s a long way for you. I’ve been waiting for Fling to return to the East coast so I was primed to commit early.

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  1. Julie

    Hi Susie, its a long time since I have been on wordpress, but one of the nicest things about logging back on is being able to recognise familiar inspiring gardens and gardeners and you are certainly a lovely gardener and have cared and nurtured a lovely garden. I hope you have a wonderful time, it sounds like fun.

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      1. Julie

        We are well Susie, I had to take some time as work got on top of me plus we’ve been house hunting, its proven to be much harder then we thought to find the right place and there’s a chance everything will have to go into storage but ever the optimist I am sure the right house and garden will be out there somewhere!

  2. Cathy

    Of course you are a garden blogger Susie! And the flings that take place every year sound brilliant. I shall look forward to hearing all about it!

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  3. bittster

    How exciting for you! I know you’ll have a great time and have some excellent experiences. It’s amazing how gardens and gardeners grow over time but I think all gardeners have something in common whether they are planting their first seed or have a greenhouse full of rare orchids.
    Summer seems so long away, but I know it will roll around quickly!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Summer does seem a long time away. I usually make last-minute plans, but now it’s great to have the Fling to look forward to as we head toward winter. I think I’ll be more excited about my own garden this spring too.

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  4. Chloris

    If you garden you are a gardener. And you have a beautiful garden. How wonderful to be able to go to the Fling, I wish I could. But it is too far for me.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for the boost, I’m going to try to say that out loud sometime today. Wish distances could shrink during Fling-time so we could all easily meet up.

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  5. Brian Skeys

    I will second what Chloris says above. It does take courage to go to an event or join a garden club, PLEASE remember every gardener starts with no knowledge and the majority are friendly and encouraging to new gardeners.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi Brian, thanks for the encouragement. It’s so true about gardeners-they seem to want to help as much as possible and share plants and experience freely. Mine will never be a show-case destination but that’s not why I garden, so I have come to terms with it all. Have a great day.

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  6. Beth @ PlantPostings

    Yes, you should have given (and give) yourself plentiful kudos because your garden is amazing. Sadly, I doubt I will make it to the Fling this year, though I’ve attended the past two years. I have two other major trips planned for 2017, and unless they’re cancelled I can’t justify another one, as much as I’d like to attend. If they are cancelled, by the time I know, the Fling will be full. I do hope we’ll meet at a future Fling! I’ll enjoy following your coverage after the event. 🙂 You’ll love it!

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  7. Pam/Digging

    I remember well the first time I dared call myself a gardener. It felt so presumptuous. But now I embrace the term gardener as meaning one who loves to garden — just that simple. That’s what the Fling is like too: a meet-up of people who love gardening, love gardens, and enjoy blogging about what they love. There’s nothing more complicated about it, but it’s the basis of many an instant friendship. I’m glad you’re coming, and I enjoyed your post about it.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for commenting Pam. I’ve come to realize I shouldn’t have been so timid about gardening credentials. Definitely looking forward to meeting you and others at the Fling.

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