We arrived at the hotel early enough to check in and drop off our belongings then meet to get a lift over to The Desert Botanical Garden. Troy-Bilt brought in a total of 6 bloggers which called The Saturday6. Together we all went to The Desert Botanical Garden. To be perfectly honest I was intimidated by these other bloggers. They were talented individuals who had accomplished a lot in their blogging careers. They've written books, spoken at large conventions, and written articles for magazines. I was honored to be included in this group but I was nervous. In my head I was thinking "I'm just a dad from Tennessee." I learned more about the other Saturday6 bloggers on the van ride to the botanical garden and through the tour and as I got to know them my nervousness eased. They came from all over: Massachusetts, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Arizona. You're probably wondering who these bloggers are so let me introduce them.
Steve Asbell is the talented writer and illustrator behind the Florida garden blog The Rainforest Garden. He loves working with houseplants, tropical plants, and is fascinated by pretty much anything that grows. He was the proverbial kid in the candy store at the botanical garden! Steve has also been working on a book which I have every confidence will be a great resource for gardeners when it's published!
|Amy Andrychowicz and Steve Asbell|
I met Amy Andrychowicz from Minnesota who writes the blog Get Busy Gardening. She writes on her houseplants, her vegetable garden, wintersowing and pretty much anything she can get into in the garden. Amy gets into the plant propagation arena like I do. Her garden is like a Minnesota version of my own but I think I'll take my garden over hers (I don't get as much snow!)
Noelle Johnson was from Arizona near where we met. She's the trained horticulturalist behind AZ Plant Lady and helps local Arizonians adapt their gardens to the local climate. She applies her knowledge full time for clients through everything from consultations to design work. Noelle has shared her knowledge though several different publications. She was an important resource for those of us who came from a completely foreign environment!
|Me - Dave Townsend|
It's my pleasure to work and blog with Troy-Bilt!
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