Shindig at Mike’s Plant Farm 2012!
This is a members only event!
For many, many years now each summer I invite members to visit us here in the northeast corner of Ohio and each and every year we have a great turn out. This year turned into a 3 day event because I tied this to two events that our local nursery association was doing.
1st day was an all day bus tour. 56 of us toured five large wholesale nurseries and a wholesale nursery supply company. It was fun! We got off the bus at each nursery got on hay wagons and took a narrated tour of the nurseries. Of course these were nursery tours so instead of hay we got to sit on bales of peat moss or grow mix! Very educational, we learned a great deal. Then at the last place we got the tour bus stuck in the mud. So we also got to see a tractor pull!
2nd day was a Nursery Field Day. An outdoor trade show. Not such a great day, lots of rain spoiled the event.
3rd day was a hoot! The third day was the “Shindig at Mike’s Plant Farm”! That was our event! Enjoy the photos!
Free stuff! I had a box of “Clam Shell Propagators” that I gave away to those who wanted them.
Nothing but a full day talking about growing and selling small plants. No politics, no drama, just plants!
Abby traveled from South Carolina for the event and Bob from Kentucky.
As we begin the tour of Mike’s Plant Farm you can see that we have state of the art restroom facilities as well as a very sophisticated tractor refueling station. (note the fuel can hanging from the pole) Hey it works and I no longer spill diesel fuel all over the tractor, the ground and myself.
The members listen carefully as Mike McGroarty explains what worked well this year and what did not.
That’s Brian with the coffee cup. This is the second time this year Brian has been to my nursery. He’s from Pennsylvania and tells me that he’s coming to see me, but besides being a backyard grower he’s also an avid fisherman and he comes up this way to fish. On this trip they also brought their daughter who is very much interested in the business of growing and selling plants for profit.
I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to me to see all of these people travel great distances to meet Duston and I and the respect they have for us and what we do. A couple of people brought gifts for Pam and I as well as Duston. Thank you! You people are too good to us!
Guess where I got these Harry Lauder’s Walking Sticks? I bought them from one of our members for $3.65 each! That was two years ago. Next spring I’ll dig some of these and price them at $49.00 each. Thank you Bonnie! Bonnie and Ron couldn’t make the Shindig this year. She sent her regrets and she was missed. She’s one our many very successful members.
The people that you see in this photo are just a sampling of our family of Backyard Growers. We have them all across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Not to mention other countries like Hong Kong. In many ways they are closer than family. They laugh together, they love one another and when one is in pain they all are in pain. And when they see a way to help a member in need they jump at the chance. I am proud and humbled to be in their presence. I sincerely mean that.
I think I’ve found our tallest member. See the tall guy in the photo looking away? That’s Jason. Jason traveled from Minnesota for this event and stayed for all three days including the bus tour. Betsy (in the orange shirt) was also on the bus with us with her daughter Heather and several other members of ours. There were only 56 people on the bus and I think at least 10 were members or our Backyard Growing family! The others were plant people from northeast Ohio.
Okay, so I kinda messed up this spring and killed some plants. I don’t like admitting to this but it’s only fair to our members. I explained to them what I did and what went wrong. In short it was the product of trying to do too many things at one time. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
The truth is these folks were so involved in meeting each other and discussing growing and selling small plants for profit they didn’t eat that much! We had plenty of food left over.
Moe and Marcy traveled from Indiana for this event. Moe is a long time member and has actually created a software program just for our members. His software creates custom printed plant tags and point of sale signs for plant sales. I know I learned a lot from his presentation.
I like to thank my son Duston for all of his help with this event and all of the work that he does here behind the scenes with everything that we do. There are no photos of Duston because he was behind the camera all day. You can meet Duston and his kids on this page Three Generations of McGroarty Nurseryman. Duston’s wife Lorelei took a ton of photos for me for this page I just haven’t had time to get them posted yet.
It took me hours to get this page done!
I’ll let you know when I add those photos. There are great shots of me, Duston and my three grandsons!
On behalf of myself and the members I have to thank Pam for baking cookies for us like she does every year! Thank you so much!
Okay, there you have it, Shindig 2012!
I sure hope you can make it next year.