|P. Allen Smith giving his keynote address|
After the keynote was complete, the IGC trade show floor opened for business. Several of the P. Allen Smith partners had booths, including Proven Winners who market the P. Allen Smith Platinum Collection of plants. I was scheduled to interview Allen after his book giveaway and signing at the PW booth.
|P. Allen Smith signing his Colors in the Garden book at the Proven Winners booth at IGC|
|Impatiens Rocapulco® Red|
While the plants in the Platinum Collection are performance tested in Allen's home climate of zone 7b (in Arkansas), all of the plants have gone through the PW nationwide research and development process prior to being selected for Allen's collection. Allen noted that many of the plants will perform even better in zones outside his home climate. For example, Allen mentioned Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum as a variety that performs just as well for gardeners in New York and Southern California as it does in Arkansas.
|Mecardonia 'Gold Dust' (Photo courtesy of Proven Winners www.provenwinners.com)|
|Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'|
|Chicago skyline from the deck of the Odyssey II|
A special thank you to P. Allen Smith for taking the time to talk with me and for hosting a wonderful dinner cruise. Allen may have been larger than life on the keynote stage, but in person he's as down to earth as they get -- a perfect person to interview on From the Soil.