I has mid-west charm, but maintains a sense of style, that I think is mostly achieved by the use of furniture that isn’t of the Lowe’s / Home Depot/ Patio Store variety. Speaking of which, I am on a bit of a tirade regarding this topic. I live near Worcester MA, (a second city to Boston) and last week I received my copy of Worcester Living magazine. This issue happened to be “The Best….” issue where the editors and readers come up with a list of the best in Worcester of all sorts of restaurant, shopping and general lifestyle categories. Generally it is an interesting list, with lots of tips and ideas for great local (perhaps undiscovered) hot spots and businesses to try out. But in the ‘Garden Shop’ category, the winner was Home Depot and the Runner up was Lowes. Ugh. Kidding, I am not…and it is not like there are no great garden centers in the area, there are plenty, but they are clearly not getting their word out or getting their due. I find it very disappointing that these heartless centers are considered by some to be the best in regional garden resources. To put the icing on this little cake, I have also recently received not one, but a couple of emails from readers asking for travel advice (garden interested people looking for good local tips on places to explore while on vacation)
Subsequently, I am adding a regional guide feature. It is something I have wanted to do for sometime, but not known where to start. Slowly but surely, (and with your help) I want to create a series of garden city guides. I am officially working on the inaugural guide that will cover Worcester County, Massachusetts and then I will move on to cover other local areas. After I get the first one or two up and have worked out what seems most interesting, I would love to partner with you to create a local guide to your hometown areas. Let me know if you are interested in helping and also if you have ideas about what should be included. I am thinking great garden shops and plant outlets, green and local restaurants, private gardens that are worth checking into for open days (perhaps links to all the local groups that do garden tours), great garden hotels (if they exist) and other interesting land based design sites. Anything I am missing?