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.
Innocent sentence, above, if you don't know many gardeners.  Why?  The 4 names, above, are all Rock Stars of the horticulture industry.
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.
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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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...


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