Independent Garden Center Show 2009

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Today was the first day of the Independent Garden Center Show 2009 at Navy Pier. It is a trade show were plant growers and manufacturers and distributors of all kinds of gardening items come to display their best to buyers, the independent garden centers across America.

The show is not open to the public, but many of the items displayed here will be available for sale in garden centers around Chicago next year.

There are so many items it is hard to even begin a blog post about all that one can find there. Over the next couple of days I may post a couple of photos of items I like as I attend the last two days of the trade show.

While walking around today with fellow garden blogger, Garden Girl, I couldn't really put my finger on what was going to be the gardening trend for 2010 by looking around the booths. Many of the vendors were the same ones I saw last year and the products start to look alike after a while. During the ride home it dawned on me that the trend for 2010 looks like it could be "gardening for dummies." From an iPhone App to the "Square Foot Garden in a Box" endorsed by Mel Bartholomew (who was there to lend it legitimacy), to a yardstick that gives you the precise measurements for seed sowing to self-watering containers, to the "Grow Your Way To 5 A Day" vegetable seed line from Thompson & Morgan. In the future everyone will have a green thumb straight out of the box.

One trend that doesn't look like it is going to go away any time soon are the "black" plants, much to my delight they were everywhere.

Anything you want to see pics of? Plants, pots, tools? Let me know and I'll try to post them. Also, I'll try to post items to Twitter that may or may not make it here. I'll be using the #IGCS tag.

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  • Anything with water retaining potting soil?

  • In reply to Stuccolow:

    Hrmn. I didn't notice anything but I didn't pay much attention to the soils, but I'll make a note of it and check it out tomorrow.

  • In reply to Stuccolow:

    Would love to see any really cool or unusual pots. Vertical growing systems? I think it's time for me to try it.

  • In reply to Kerry:

    Saw a number of them. GIANT ones to be exact. Didn't spot any vertical growing systems but I wasn't looking. Will make a note & try to get pics.

  • In reply to Kerry:

    Cold frames! Planning to attempt to make one in fall, but if someone does it for me I won't feel too awful. Also if you see any benches made like Lincoln Logs take a picture, because I'm trying to make one. If you don't see any, I hereby trademark the idea! (And will have to figure it out myself)

  • In reply to naxn:

    There was only one cold frame seller and I forgot to get pics. I'm going to try to make one myself too. No Lincoln Log benches, I say you should trademark that idea. :0)

  • In reply to Kerry:

    So strange, avatar is wrong, let's see if it's fixed (go ahead and delete this comment, just testing.)

  • In reply to naxn:

    Is the Avatar showing now right?

  • In reply to naxn:

    I also love black plants! I heard a talk about square foot gardening from one of its proponents at some garden conference somewhere--it was very interesting.

  • In reply to Kerry:

    check out headplanters.com

  • I think they're using the EarthBox because I didn't see that the Grow Box has any netting. These things are awesome.

    I know what you mean about the SPVs not being cheap. Posts on my other blogs about taking cuttings are really popular.

    Sometimes I feel like following the city crews around while they tear them out of the planters at the end of the year and rescuing them :0)

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