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April 11, 2011

Where is everyone?

The Riverside Flower Show and Garden Tour ended today at 4:30-ish p.m. I’ve had my post-tour nap, Paul’s gone to pick up our exiled poochies and I’ve got some unfinished business to tend to. I’ve got to say thanks to everyone who visited us during the tour. The response was beyond positive and I think I’ve turned a ton of people on to the charms of junk, rust, succulents and low-water landscaping, craigslist and flea markets. I’d skip returning to work tomorrow if I had a dollar for every person who said they originally thought they’d skip the succulent garden (us!), but were glad they didn’t. I’d take the week off if I had a dollar for every person who said our garden was their favorite, the best and the most interesting … and, I’d be able to retire if I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say “Wow!” when seeing the garden for the first time when rounding the corner into the backyard. Paul and I both met so many interesting, fun, knowledgeable, complimentary and willing-to-share, people on the tour … Best of all, I got to meet readers of this blog as well as fellow garden bloggers, Dustin, of non-secateur and Denise of A Growing Obsession. Thanks again for the gifts, guys! I also had the honor of meeting a number of master gardeners, and Nan Simonsen (of those Nanscape signs in front of some of the best gardens in town); that such experienced and erudite gardeners had positive responses to the Rancho’s scheme was flattering in the extreme.

Comfy

Confirmed during the tour: our garden really sets people at ease. We were continually complimented on our numerous seating areas, and some visitors really took advantage of them, setting a spell and chilling out under the trees. My recently painted vinyl sofas were a hit, everyone felt free to go off the beaten path and the little girl, above, really wigged-out over this hanging succulent. Looking out into the garden and seeing so many people enjoying themselves was fun, as well as gratifying. We have a garden that’s beautiful, stylish and very people-friendly, while being completely personal. Answering questions and explaining my design process, while tiring by each day’s end, never got old … and we went through over 100 blog postcards and gave out over 300 FAQ sheets!

It's over

Now, with the sun’s rays lighting up the garden for the last time before dipping behind Mt. Rubidoux, it’s really quiet … I love my garden … and now I think a lot of other people do, too!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Donita Smith permalink
    April 11, 2011 9:27 am

    I enjoyed meeting you, Reuben, and I loved being able to spend some time exploring what I had already seen on this blog. I also enjoyed eaves-dropping on some of the conversations that drifted by me. People were so impressed! You and Paul should be so proud. Congratulations!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 11, 2011 12:04 pm

      Great meeting you, too, Donita! … Paul and I couldn’t be happier at the response to what we call our backyard …

  2. April 11, 2011 6:12 pm

    Wonderful. I am so happy to read about the reaction to your garden, your tone sounds like you soaked it all up and feel so good about it all. Lucky you, lucky them for getting to visit.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 11, 2011 6:31 pm

      I’m tired but definitely feeling the afterglow!

  3. April 11, 2011 10:07 pm

    Reuben, it was wonderful to finally meet you and Paul see the Rancho in person. I’m going to selfishly suggest that you have an occasional “open” day, maybe a Sunday a couple times a year, so we can get another fix of RR…

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 12, 2011 1:05 am

      Likewise, Denise! And I think having an open day without ticket sales would be awesome … Thanks so much for coming!

  4. reubix1 permalink*
    April 13, 2011 4:03 am

    I’m so happy you got to see Bill and Hal’s garden… it’s a gorgeous example of a traditional garden … you can just feel their love for plants!

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