We were invited back to do another show at Tower Hill before our first one was even over. TH proposed a three day show during Labor Day again next year, but I explained that most people need a day to recover. Our plants would also endure an extra day out of their normal growing environment.
Maybe I jumped the gun and people would like to make it a three day show in 2016.
I had a great time at our show, but I would likely need to take the following day off from work.
Maybe we could do two shows a year one in late Spring show as the grow season is just starting and one in late summer, like Labor Day weekend.
I'm usually exhausted by the end of the day. Holding the show for 3 days running would also mean people would have to head back to work the following day when it can the good part of day to get everything back in order again afterwards.
I think two days is fine, and I would like to see it later in September, it gives plants more time to reach their peak. I think a spring show would be great if it was the middle to end of May. We could hold the spring show in Providence to keep them (the Botanical Center ) happy.
Dave and I discussed a spring show maybe at the end of May. Dave thought a spring show would be good and we could do it in Providence if they come around and to stay in good standings with them. As a society I think we need to do something to keep Providence as a home base. We don't pay for meetings, and it's not Tower Hill but its free! I like that we are expanding and going to other areas for meeting and shows but we need to keep a Main base and Providence has been that for over 11 years. As a new URI Master Gardener the master gardeners have a lot of say what goes on at the Botanical center, this could be in our favor.
The e-mail I sent out has nothing to do with the staff from the Providence Botanical Center, it's a URI ( University of Rhode Island ) Master Gardeners thing. Emmi, Zack and I did a plant sale back in the spring and sold a lot of mini bogs and Emmi sold some plants, We did good, it's a chance for those who want to sell plants. Just to make it clear, this is a plant sale on October 4, 2015 at the Providence Botanical Center not a show and it's a one day thing.
After all their broken promises and animosity towards us in the past, I think attempting to do another event there is just insane. Seeing their attitude towards us compared to other places we've held events like Tower Hill and Lake St. in NH is really eye opening. Them cancelling our fall show that they thought was still happening there is the final nail in that coffin for me. I'm putting it on record that I'm 100% against any future events at RWBC.
Spend your life doing weird things with strange people.
I have to agree that hosting a show at the RWPBC at any time of the year is a bad idea. I'm still OK with holding some meetings there but after all that has taken place in the past I'm not sure if they (RWPBC) would still be onboard with that. If not I'd like to see if we could locate another place in RI where some meetings could be held. And not the Umbrella Factory (due to their lack of a meeting room). Call me selfish, but if the majority of our meetings are to be held much further North each month then I will not be able to attend as many as I have in the past.
I was surprised and a bit disappointed that, as far as I am aware, neither John Phillip or Emily Troiano made it to the show this year. I think they would have been impressed with the show and how well it was attended. I would be interested to hear John's thoughts on all that has transpired and if he had any suggestions about other possible RI meeting places.
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I'm very responsible, when ever something goes wrong they always say I'm responsible.
If we can find another meeting place in RI, I support the idea of having few meetings there. I am open to returning to RWBC if the management changes. Until then, they are too hostile to the NECPS in my view.
If other NECPS members want to sell plants there on the 4th, I have no problem with it. I, however, do not trust them at the moment to keep their word.