I was toting my pack along the long dusty Winnemucca road
When along came a semi with a high canvas covered load
If your goin’ to Winnemucca, Mack with me you can ride
And so I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside
He asked me if I’d seen a road with so much dust and sand
And I said, “Listen! I’ve traveled every road in this here land!”
When I was a boy, I went to summer camp at Drift Creek Camp, a church camp in the Siuslaw National Forest in the Coast Range Mountains above Lincoln City, Oregon. Drift Creek has always been a magical place for me. I’ve been going there since I was a small boy, for summer camp, or sometimes to steelhead fish with my dad. After College, I spent two years living at the camp, cutting firewood, constructing new camp buildings and perfecting the art of steelhead fishing. On my best day early one March, I caught 22 steelhead, catch and release of course.
As a boy at summer camp, one of my favorite things was sitting around the campfire singing with and listening to the music leader Elvon Kauffman. Many nights, we could get Elvon to sing a few Johnny Cash songs, like I’ve Been Everywhere, and Long, Tall Texan. He was a talented musician and performer, and got the entire camp singing along. I still like to listen to I’ve Been Everywhere when I’m on a road trip, and I’ve kept track of all the places mentioned in the song that I’ve visited. Some are in the Pacific Northwest, like Crater Lake and Devils Lake, Washington, and a few more. I figure I’ve been to about half the places in the song.
The list of Garden Centers I’ve been to this year is also impressive, though I have not quite been everywhere. Over the past year I’ve been to garden centers from Annie’s Annuals and Perennials in San Francisco to Zenith Holland in Des Moines, WA. I want to say THANK YOU from everyone at Little Prince for selling our plants in your stores and using them in landscapes you’ve designed or installed. I love seeing the creative ways you market plants to your customers. I admire how hard you work to make the plant buying experience fun and exciting for your customers. I hope to visit more garden centers before the end of the year. In keeping with tradition, we’d like to give a few awards out in the final weeks of 2018. You’re going to have to help us out though. Like I said, sadly, I have not been everywhere. I may not have seen that beautiful plant display you put together in June, or that clever way you marketed poinsettias this Christmas season. We’d like you to consider nominating yourselves, or another garden center for that matter, for the 2018 Froggies, as we like to call the awards we hand out at Little Prince. This year, there are 3 categories we’ll be recognizing…
- Most creative garden center name. (There are some REALLY creatively named IGC’s!)
- Nicest Garden Center restroom. (Is your loo “Fit For A King”?)
- Most clever Tillandsia Display. (I’ve seen some super-cool ideas to display airplants!)
Here’s how to enter. For the most creative garden center name, email me a short paragraph about why your garden center was named what it is. Ryan, Joan and I will make our selections from the entries we receive. For the other two awards, we’ll need photo evidence, and a brief explanation as to why you deserve this years Froggy. That’s it! Just email me with your nomination by next Tuesday at 4pm, and we’ll chose the winners and announce them in next weeks newsletter. Feel free to enter just one category or all three if you feel deserving!
Oh yeah, and there are prizes. The winner of the most creative garden center name will and the winner of the cleanest bathroom award will get 2 free flats of Fit For A King plants on your next order. The winner of the best Tillandsia display will get a nice box of assorted airplants delivered in time for the post-Christmas rush!
Remember, enter by 4pm, Tuesday, December 18th. Email your entries to [email protected]
Next week’s newsletter will be my last for 2018. I hope you’ve found them both entertaining and informative. I appreciate all the feedback you’ve given me over the year. Thank you again, so much, for buying Little Prince plants. We appreciate the relationship we have with each and every one of you!