Isn’t that what home and garden shows are all about? Fantasies of life with your own personal sauna? Or how about that cute shed with the transom windows? Or a water feature that includes a brook running through a garden of bright perennials? But sometimes the dreams become reality.
Friday, while wandering around the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, I asked a couple — who I thought were sales people — about the shed with the transom windows (hey, I can dream). It turns out they were just sitting in the chairs outside of the shed I coveted, dreaming of a cottage-style playhouse across the aisle. “I can build this for my grand-daughters,” the older gentlemen said, and proceeded to show me several fabulous features of the playhouse he was going to build. Lucky little girls.
For gardeners, the home shows are a chance to get a plant fix while the temps are still cold (4 degrees Friday morning) and figure out what they want to plant. I liked these big begonias and saw lots of deep purple flowers. I also saw water features galore, and this interesting idea for a small garden: Set stones on edge in a square. The square next to this one had a green groundcover and several squares of rocks and groundcovers near each other made for a work of art in the yard.
The show continues through tomorrow (Sunday).