According to Lexico.com, the word fling, as a noun, means a short period of enjoyment or wild behavior. To this garden blogger, the Garden Blogger’s Fling is an annual short period of enjoyment. Held in the early part of the year, seeing diverse gardens is a welcome post-winter event. The opportunity to spend time with fellow garden bloggers is a garden camp with a twist. No wild behavior is involved. We do enjoy gathering in gardens anywhere.
I heard about the Garden Bloggers Fling on my journey to become a full-fledged Garden Writer. I would visit the blog and dream of the places they wrote about. Actually, I thought that it would remain a dream of something that I wished I could be a part of. Tammy Winter-Schmidt spoke to me about being part of the DC Team and the rest is history. We chatted, met in person, texted, and had conference calls with the rest of the chosen DC Fling Crew. Attending the Fling was suddenly my reality.
We were nervous as it was not just a DC event. We encompassed DC, Maryland, and Virginia!! Tammy and Peggy Riccio took road trips to map out the route. The memories of this great adventure will always bring a smile to my face. Timing a Garden Bloggers Fling in the DMV, in late June…what could go wrong?
I never thought I could smile nonstop for 3.5 days. Hanging out with members of the Garden Bloggers Fling was amazing!
We were all over the DMV. There were many friendships cultivated along the way.
A memorable fling moment was a doozy! We realized the bus had no water. June…in DC…a bus of gardener aficionados (some seasoned) and no water. Acting fast, phone calls made, and we more or less hijacked a 50 passenger bus to correct this mishap. Serious #girlpower happened that day! My fellow Fling attendees never knew…whew!
We visited private gardens…
We visited public gardens. What is a Garden Bloggers Fling without mixing it all up?
Did I mention the private gardens? They were ALL quite Garden Bloggers Fling worthy and fabulous!
The Fling is open to garden bloggers who have had an active blog for 6 months. Attendees are writers, authors, speakers, garden bloggers, and more. Genuine seeds of kindness from this community of gardeners are planted at every Garden Bloggers Fling. It is hard to miss even one Fling!
This year, as our country is unintentionally pausing, the Fling was postponed. We look forward to June 2021. Look out Madison, Wisconsin…here we come!. I hear there is something magical in Wisconsin. A few things I anticipate are gardens, ice cream, cheese curds, and cultivating more friendships. Madison, Wisconsin has never crossed my mind as a garden destination. If it is like past Flings, my bags are packed! I am prepared.
I must say thank you to the Garden Bloggers Fling for welcoming me. Interested in the Garden Bloggers Fling? Click here to find out more. The sponsors truly deserve a huge hand. They share their products and more, to make this recurring event a huge success!!
Sitting with wands of Lavender Phenomenal (Thank you Peacetree Farm, LLC) and smiling. I love finding the words to share about the Garden Bloggers Fling!
Teri, Cottage In The Court
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