Unfortunately, it was a horribly rainy and cold Saturday! Of course! I had been planning the trip for over a month. I wasn't going to cancel either because i had to take a friend to the airport in Raleigh anyway. I brought my umbrella and toughed it out. Due to the rain, however, i did not take any pictures. Its to hard to hold a camera and umbrella in the wind and rain.
I did meet Tony Avent! What a wonderful man. Perhaps I am silly but I felt like i was meeting a movie star! To plant nuts he is a celebrity though. If i had had my catalog with me I would have asked him to sign it. Alas, the rain forced me to leave my notebooks and catalog safely back in the car. We did have a chance to chat and he kindly shared an umbrella with my friend. My friend and I were both trying to fit under mine which wasn't working very well. I wish we could have talked longer with Toni but it was a busy day regardless of the weather.
The gardens at Plant Delights Nursery are amazing. Agave taller than me, winding paths, a waterfall, streams, bogs and so many amazing and unusual plants. I was most in love with the arisaems, epimediums, hellebores, trilliums agaves and sarracenias. Of course, they are some of the few plants doing anything this time of year. In spring it will be a whole lot longer of a list.
I made one purchase at PDN. A beautiful double, white hellebore called Mrs. Betty Ranicar. It was breed in Tasmania and has been a star performer in the garden according to Tony. I spent $28 on it. I tend to be a cheapo but i couldn't resist it. Plus, it was a good sizes plant. PDN plants were all very healthy and of good size. The selection is amazing as well. It's not your typical nursery collection. Lots of new and exciting goodies were in every greenhouse and garden.
Mrs. Betty Ranicar. The blooms are past their prime but you get the idea.
I intend to go back to PDN the first weekend in May for their spring open house. Toni said that it will be a whole new garden that time of year.
We also stopped at a large garden center called Logans. I ended up picking up some African violets, trilliums, seeds, helleobores and heucheras. The hellebores and heucheras were on clearance since they were from last season and don't show well in the pot after winter.