Friday, May 30, 2014

Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival: Don Shadow & H. 'Ruby Slippers'

Susanne Hudson & Jeri Farmer, founders of the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival, ( June 6-8, 2014), in Douglasville, GA, are picking up Hydrangea 'Ruby Slippers' today from Don Shadow Nursery.
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Innocent sentence, above, if you don't know many gardeners.  Why?  The 4 names, above, are all Rock Stars of the horticulture industry.
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Martha Stewart is so impressed with Don Shadow she has an article/video about him, here.



Lacecap hydrangea, above, at a previous Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival tour garden.


 Don Shadow, above/below.  Michael Dirr, another rock star, at a lecture decades ago, referenced Don Shadow with obvious awe/respect in his tone.  From that 'tone' I sought & attended a Don Shadow lecture decades ago too.


Don Shadow nursery, below.  It's rare to discover a man, living, comparable to the late Victorian era of wide ranging talents & interests & action.  Shadow wears that mantle with ease.


No surprise Susanne & Jeri are on their way to pick up Hydrangea 'Ruby Slippers' Don Shadow Nursery is providing (gratis) the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival.
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Take some of the links, above, about Don Shadow.  He's a renaissance man of the Land, and far ahead of our era.  Alternative livestock anyone?  Has me wondering if he's friends with Wendell_Berry.  And knowing it's time for a road trip, I've never been to Shadow's nursery.
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Pics from Don Shadow.  Hydrangea pic mine.  Heads-up my HF Chicks, we must do the Shadow roadtrip together (togetha).  Yes, doing a little display for the PMHF again this year.  Hope to see you there.
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5 comments:

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

Hydrangeas are so beautiful..thanks for the post....

Lori Buff said...

I was considering doing that show this year but thought I'd check it out as a patron first. I feel like I'm going to be seriously impressed.

lisa douglas said...
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lisa douglas said...

Good to meet Don Shadow through your writing. I will happily cross state line to visit his place. Let's drive the green farm truck and fill its bed with green treasures. Lisa

Ann Brimm said...

Tara,

Ann & I have had the pleasure of meeting Don Shadow a couple of times. Once was at his nursery outside Winchester, TN. As you stated, he is a "Rock Star" in the industry.
We gave Susanne "Ruby Slippers" a couple of years ago that we purchased for Mr. Shadow.
Hope to see you next weekend in Douglasville.

Billy & Ann
Murfreesboro, TN