On Saturday I spent the day wandering through buildings at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds checking out all the latest in gardening, as well as some awesome floral designs.
I'm soon to be closing on a new house, so I thought it'd be nice to check out what was cool in the world of gardening and landscaping.
My mom and my sister accompanied me on the trip, and we all came away with some idea we'd like to use at our own houses. There was everything from outdoor kitchens to zero-turn mowers as well as all sorts of flowers and plants. We all found a little something to take home from our day out. Each of us came home with a new plant holder, and a couple of other souvenirs. I will be happy to find a place for my redbud tree in our new yard.
I am hopeful that the tree survives my famous "black thumb." You can ask almost anyone who knows me and they will tell you I have the worst luck with plants of any description. There are only two or three types of plants I have put in my yard that I have not managed to kill. I guess I will get a clean slate in the new yard.
I will probably enlist the help of my mother at some point in trying to find out which flowers and plants will do best, because she has one of the best looking yards I have ever seen. And I am not just saying it because she's my mom. She has the gift of a green thumb, which I did not inherit.
I also wish I had some of the creativity of the various floral designers and landscapers that had work on display. There were plants fashioned into what looked like beehives, flower arrangements that featured twigs and branches that had lights made from wine bottles and a lot of other neat ideas. One booth had a walkway lined with upturned wine bottles that housed LED candles.
All in all it was a great way to spend the day, and I am glad I got to spend it with family. And I'm sure I'll be going back next year wondering "what will they think of next."
Kimberly Jordan is a general assignment reporter for The Democrat. Email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.