Tuesday, July 13, 2010

And a good time was had by all.....

Our second annual garden party was a big success- maybe too big of a success. There ended  up being a long wait for entrees created by our caterer and we apologize to all of you who attended  and had to wait. We had far more people then last year and we even had to turn people away who wanted to attend. As a result, the way we organized the food portion did not work very well and we will do it a little different next year to eliminate the wait.  A sculptor was on hand to demonstrate his art of carving stone in romanesque designs as people waited for food. Fortunately, the beer and wine never ran out! It was a special evening, gazing out across the ponds at diners across the way. The strings played a waltz and several people danced on the lower terrace.
It was  very warm in the greenhouses and we thank the many of you who braved  the heat to find plants you wanted. It seemed like people were especially interested in rare collector plants, although the tropical house was pretty busy as well. In one greenhouse the sprinklers accidentally stayed on and some cooled off by walking in the swirling mist. Thanks to all who attended and apologies to those we had to turn away.

1 comment:

  1. Hubby and I were resting by our pond this afternoon watching the beautiful Koi fish , when all of a sudden I remembered the open house taking place at Rare Plant Research, 5 minutes from our home. I got in my Mini Cooper, moon roof open, and excited about visiting a place only open a couple of times a year. I was not disappointed. The weather was a perfect 79 degrees and entering this magical place was a dream. A solid rock home rested on top of a knoll overlooking the most pristine farm country, an Italian monastery inspiration?, with a couple of large size ponds and rare plants setting the scenery.
    Oregon wildflowers decked the beautiful small tables on the terraces and there was music in the air. A sculptor was showing off his amazing art, wine was served as well as a delightful meal. So there I was, all by myself, soaking it all up and asking someone if I may sit at their table. Two couples so interesting that I ended up having the greatest conversation with them for 1 1/2 hour.
    It was AWESOME...This is what I love about life; one never knows what's up ahead and sometimes it's really GOOD.