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Garden Writers Association annual conference Tweet Up, Raleigh

“Anyone going to GWA interested in a tweet-up?” This simple question asked,  using 95 less characters than allowed,  led to an A-list garden writers tweet-up on a free evening during the Garden Writers Association annual conference in Raleigh.

A rouge party, not sanctioned by GWA, proved to be the best ice-breaker for first timers, and seasoned attendees.  Tweeters were not there selling, there were no barriers from one group to another, we were all just followers who became friends through Twitter.

Best yet, Proven Winners @ProvenWinners4U sponsored the tweet-up.  THANK YOU!

Yours truly, got the ball rolling for the Tweet-up.  One response of yes led to nearly 50, with 10 or so more regretting; oh yes really regretting, just ask Stephanie Martin @GettingDirty.

Social media networks like Twitter have gotten a bad rap; mostly from people who don’t get it.

Elizabeth Licata @GWI (Gardening While Intoxicated), and the @GardenRant fame, volunteered to co-host the event.  Elizabeth had great wine connections with Total Wine in Cary, NC Elizabeth’s contact selected a fabulous evening line-up – the list is below – yum!

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Others offered to help, like  Keith Alexander @Hyperating who helpedGWA 100

fetching ice and such, Kathy Jentz @WDCgardener offered a “what ever needs to be done”, Southern Living’s  Steve Bender a.k.a. @grumpy_gardener offered to come early to start tasting the wines.

Rebecca, Steve Bender, Sharon Bright

Rebecca Reed, Steve Bender, Sharon Bright

Jim and Sharon Bright graciously opened their garden for the event.   They are getting use to being around these garden writer types having had their garden photographed for Country Gardens last year and recently by Southern Living.

The home and garden of our host, Jim and Sharon Bright
The home and garden of our host, Jim and Sharon Bright

The evening.

Laura Schaub and Amy Stewart tweeting at the tweet-up

Laura Schaub and Amy Stewart tweeting at the tweet-up

Erica Glaisner, Joe Lamp'l and Helen Yoest FINALLY meet

Erica Glasener, Joe Lamp'l and Helen Yoest FINALLY meet

Here's some fo the crowd.  Looks like Billy Goodnick is doing the Egyptian

Here's some of the crowd. Looks like Billy Goodnick is doing the Egyptian

Kate Frank, Michelle Gravis with Fine Gardening Magazine with Jean Anne VK during her "Good Enough Gardneing" podcast.

Kate Frank, Michelle Gervais with Fine Gardening Magazine with Jean Anne VK during her "Good Enough Gardening" podcast.

Patty Craft, Dee, xx

Patty Craft, Dee Nash, Carol Michel

In summary, we got it, until the last tweeter left.  Not one apology for what we do needed to be made all evening.  It’s good to be with like minded gardeners.

SIDEBAR

Wine List

Botter Verduzzo Prosecco

Bougrier Muscadet

hebus Torrontes

Milton Park Shiraz

Mousset CdRhone rose

Ropiteau Pinot Noir

The List

@29Mingardener Kathleen Hennessy
@AARSroses Julia Young
@ChiGardeningMag Bill Aldrich
@Citygardening Lorraine Flanigan
@Compostinmyshoe Jim Martin
@Containergardening Kerry Michaels
@Dkprinzing Debra Prinzing
@douggreen Doug Green
@EdenMaker Shirley Bovshow
@EricaGlasener Erica Glasener
@Flowergardengal Anna Lopper
@GardenerSusan Susan Harris
@Gardenofwords Katie Elzer-Peters
@Gardenwiseguy Billy Goodnick
@gettingdirty Reno Martin
@grumpy_gardener Steve Bender
@GardenLiving Theresa Loe
@GWI Elizabeth Licata
@HelenYoest Helen Yoest
@herbncowgirl Ann McCormick
@Hyperating Keith Alexander
@Idahogardener Mary Ann Newcomer
@Indigogardens Lynn Felici-Gallant
@IndyGardener Carol Michel
@Interleafer Laura Schaub
@JeanAnnVK Jean Ann Van Krevelen
@joegardener Joe Lamp’l
@Judydigginit Judy Lowe
@Kate_Frank Kate Frank
@KathyPurdy Kathy Purdy
@klsnature Kelly Senser
@Michelle_at_FG Michelle Gervais
@mycornerofkaty Cindy Tournier
@Nestinstyle Jayme
@PattyCraft Patty Craft
@ProvenWinners4U Danielle Ernest
@punkrockgardens Laura Mathews
@reddirtramblin Dee Nash
@RobinRipley Robin Ripley
@SeasonalWisdom Teresa O’Connor
@SusanCohan Susan Cohan
@SusanlMorrison Susan Morrison
@susanreimer Susan Reimer
@TheGardenPlot Suzi McCoy
@thegardenlady C.L.
@TinkHanson Christa Hanson
@WDCgardener Kathy Jentz
@WesternGardener Jodi Torpey
@Wildwoodwoman Penelope O’Sullivan
Helen Yoest

Gardening With Confidence

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The Garden Called Rose Cottage

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The Garden Called Rose Cottage

Garden of Sharon and Jim Bright

115 N. Bloodworth Street

Raleigh

The journey through the gardens of Rose Cottage begins at the carriage step.  One step and you stop.  The home and garden’s quaintness is mesmerizing.  Antique roses, perennials, annuals, flowering trees and shrubs, plus pretty parterres define the space.  The hectic pace of life is slowed as one enters these gardens.

This new home, built to historic specifications, sits comfortable in Raleigh’s downtown historic district.  The gardens arose out of an old graveled parking lot, left barren by a house fire long ago.  The Bright’s transformed the grounds into a lush and tranquil oasis of color and fragrance.

Inspired my Monet, but realized with Sharon’s keen eye for color and Jims handiness, these gardens were created.

Be sure to venture to the very back to see the bountiful vegetable beds, a secret garden, a compost operation, and a little garden cottage that functions as a convenient shed.

Helen Yoest
Gardening With Confidence

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