This woman actually said that to Phillip Watson, the QVC personality - and how - who sells plants, designs gardens and always fills the seats at the flower show. He's a delightful speaker - and he knows horticulture. I caught up with Phillip, whom I last saw in June for a long interview at his home in West Chester, in the hallway before his talk - English-Style Gardens for Americans. He was eating a power bar. Quick lunch.
Just as an aside. This was the first show in awhile where I met a good number of people who said they found plants they could use at home. The Hawaii show was cited several times as a difficult or unpopular theme for that reason. "Hawaii's plant material was so foreign to me. I can't palnt anthurium in Chester County. This show has a more natural feel," said Tom Watkins.
Then there was Christine Garner, a first-time show visitor from New York City. Good thing she didn't come last year. She was positively "wowed by these over-the-top exhibits," but complained that "I thought there would be more ideas for semi-serious home gardeners at this show." Which is why she wanted to hear Phillip speak. "I'm hoping he'll have ideas I can relate to," she said.
And he did. This is a man who designs for super wealthy clients in places like Greenwich, Ct. But he also has a good sense of what's feasible for the rest of us. (For example, he has no problem using Knock Out roses - in huge masses - something high-end designers typically shun.)