This was the first year we attended the Garden Bloggers Fling . To say this blew our expectations out of the water would be still be an understatement. Each year, a terrific group of garden bloggers go to a different city to tour gardens, meet other garden bloggers, and learn. This was the 8th Garden Fling, and was in Minneapolis, MN. Around 50 different garden bloggers from all around the United States and Canada attended this year’s fling. Garden Bloggers In the Garden The organizers did an outstanding job of planning and organizing the trip. Overall we saw 15 (or so) gardens. It was hard to remember all of them! Below you will see some of our favorite pictures we took along the way. Minneapolis is definitely a great city to visit if you like plants and gardening. We recommend visiting there if you enjoy those things (we are assuming you do if you are reading our blog!). We toured private gardens, arboretums, a daylily breeder, and some great pollinator gardens. It is easy to see how much time, effort and dedication went into making each location beautiful.
If you would like to see the great group of people that attended this year’s blog, and see their garden blogs, follow this link. Thank you for allowing us to attend this year, and for all of the hard work organizing and planning this year’s trip. We will definitely be going next year to Washington D.C.! [caption id="attachment_5425" align="alignleft" width="620"]Arborvitae and Hosta Hedge Arborvitae and Hosta Hedge[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_5426" align="alignleft" width="576"]Raspberry Wine Bee Balm Raspberry Wine Bee Balm[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_5427" align="alignleft" width="576"]Dragons Blood Sedum Dragons Blood Sedum[/caption]  

This video was one of our favorite things to see. The Quickfire Hydrangea was covered in bees, wasps, bumblebees, and butterflies!

[caption id="attachment_5438" align="alignleft" width="576"]Queen of the prairie Queen of the prairie[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5440" align="alignleft" width="576"]Black Knight Trachelium & Camelot Lavender Foxglove Black Knight Trachelium & Camelot Lavender Foxglove[/caption]