A Garden Professor migrates east, albeit briefly

I was AWOL last week, as I had 3 presentations to get ready for 3 different states all in the span of 4 days.  Yow!  But they are over and done, and I’ll try to keep up on the blog from now on.

This is a short but amusing post (to me anyway).  My second talk was in Virginia, where I spoke to Master Gardeners at their annual conference.  The speaker right before my talk was fellow GP Holly Scoggins.  (Note to self: never agree to follow Dr. Scoggins again.  I’m not nearly as amusing, though I am almost as tall.)

Anyway, Holly was discussing garden trends among other things and mentioned meta-gardens.  Hmmm.  I hadn’t heard of these, but assumed that, like meta-analyses, they were probably gardens that showcased plant collections from other places.  Kind of like arboreta but smaller, and maybe something you could do at home.  I nodded wisely, pretending that I was fully on board with this new trend.

Alas.  My west coast ears were not adapted to Holly’s southern accent.  As I discovered several slides later when it was obvious she was talking about meadow gardens.

Oh well.

6 thoughts on “A Garden Professor migrates east, albeit briefly”

  1. Yes, Virginia is a farn cuntry with a language all its own. Those of us who were raised heeya think all yall talk funny! Kinda like the folks on TV who read tha national news. 😉

  2. I’m reading this and I’m thinking wow I haven’t heard of this term perhaps I could use this term to impress my non gardening friends then I read the end of your story. It gave me a laugh and took my mind off my poison ivy rash.

  3. Presumably, a meta-garden would be a garden about a garden. So post-modern! (But I’m not sure what it would actually look like . . .)

  4. Funny – I knew what she was talking about right away. Not that I’m some uber-cutting-edge gardener or trendsetter though. But I am from Alabama.

  5. Thank goodness you didn’t hear me say “white wine.”
    Actually not born and bred Southerner; I’m an Army brat, though the formative (7th grade and on) years were spent in Athens, Georgia.

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