Recently, I headed to Atlanta for the Southeast Flower and Garden Show where I would be on stage with my first ever cooking demo. Let's just start by saying that the old adage "a watched pot never boils" is 100% accurate. Forty-five minutes in to my hour-long demo, the pasta water still wasn't boiling. Thankfully, I had a very understanding audience who laughed along with me.
Afterwards, I toured the show to check out hot gardening trends for 2010. Here's what I found:
• Heavy emphasis on edible gardening again this year. We are still knee-deep in our passion for growing our own food.
• Edibles move into the ornamental landscape. Plants that give us double bang for our buck, beauty, and taste.
• Small space/apartment/container growing is big... or small... you get the gist. If you have a balcony and a spot of sun, this is your year to start a mini-garden.
• Succulents and low-water perennials are a welcome trend for those of us who have water-restricted gardens... and lack of water doesn't mean lack of beauty.
• Outdoor seating areas surrounded by a variety of evergreen trees and shrub, particularly conifers with soft textures and beautiful color variations.
• A bigger focus on bringing children into the vegetable garden. New kid-friendly designs, tools, and varieties make gardening fun and accessible.
I suspect that I will see some of these trends as I travel to the next three shows in Chicago, Iowa, and San Francisco. Look for corresponding trend updates as I work my way through the spring shows. If you have requests, questions, or suggestions, just shoot me an email and I will be sure to get back to you!
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Jean Ann Van Krevelen is one of the most influential gardening communicators in the country. Through various blogs, Facebook groups and pages, websites, and through her long list of Twitter followers, Jean Ann inspires, educates, and challenges tens of thousands of gardeners each month. Her blog is nationally syndicated on a variety of popular websites such as Chicago Sun Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She was named one of the most influential people on Twitter when Twitter named her as one one of the "2008 Top 50 Tweeple to Follow." She was also honored to be named one of the "50 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Social Media." Jean Ann can be reached on Twitter through her username @JeanAnnVK.
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Jean Ann Van Krevelen is the author of Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food