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.