Thanks to Liz Paterson for this pic from our display at MIFGS 2009
As the competition has grown we have had to accept a slightly less prominent role as a sponsor but the Royal and I are really grateful for the support that has come from Debco and this year our new basket supplier Gardman. Our job is to collect and display the baskets. We haven't changed the layout of our display for at least 7 years now but hey, if it ain't broke... What this gives Scotsburn is a platform to display our plants as part of the overall decoration of the show site. Of course now that we have 200 plus baskets to display the site is now one of the biggest at the show and I'm proud to say it is now represented as a named site on the official Melbourne International Flower and Garden show map (no not the google map, you have to open the pdf. I couldn't provide a direct link, don't know why). So when you see the Great Victorian Hanging Basket display, site B56, that's us! Please drop in and say hello, Lisa, Di and I will all be spending time at the display along with an army of volunteers from the Royal.
Now here's a sneak preview.
OK so these pics are from my mobile phone and you can't see much beyond a big box with Debco written on it but I promise up close and personal Deb has done a stunning job of planting them. Now there are two reasons for preparing these boxes and their colleagues. First is it will make dressing the show display easier on the day, so long as we don't bog the fork lift in the grass. Second.... because Big Boxes (Raised Garden Beds) will be a new product line from Scotsburn. "Big Arsed Boxes" according to one nameless member of staff, as much as I like it I don't think it will last as a brand name. The Flower & Garden Show is our opportunity to put them out in front of the public and see what sort of reaction we get.
So what do you think? I know you are a keen gardener so this type of "Do-it-for-me" product probably isn't your thing but I'd love your feed back. I expect these boxes to retail for $250.00-$300.00 I haven't finalized our costing yet. I'll do that once we have the Flower Show feedback in. Will they need drip irrigation? Would castor wheels be useful? What cost do these add ons incur?
So I would obviously love your feed back. So much indeed that I have 5 pairs of MIFGS tickets for the best thoughts and suggestions I receive regarding raised garden beds (BIG Arsed Boxes). Best? The best comment may well be not to do these at all, so please don't hold back. I really want to know what you think. Please leave a comment below. The tickets are sitting on my desk, so I will get 5 pairs delivered next week.
And while I'm thinking about show tickets, here's a blatant bribe. The first 4 people to get 2 friends to subscribe to my Newsletter (follow this link) can have 3 MIFGS tickets each. One for you and one each for your friends. They have to sign up using the sign up form on our web site and I will ask them to confirm who recommended them. The sign up form is clever... you can only use a given email address once so if you sign your cat up she has to have her own email address.