The Heart and Sole(s) of Horticulture by Allen Bush

Jelitto's Mary Vaananen and Bonnie Strasko of Creek Hill Nursery.

Jelitto’s Mary Vaananen and Bonnie Strasko of Creek Hill Nursery.

Over 10,000 nursery folks, greenhouse growers, retailers, landscapers, gardeners, designers, plant brokers, teachers, students, writers and gawkers showed up last week at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS), held annually in Baltimore.

Anyone interested in a wide selection of seeds of perennials, alpine species, herbs, or ornamental grasses eventually circled around to the Jelitto Perennial Seeds booth. (Jelitto offers 3,774 different seed items.)

But the cavernous Baltimore Convention Center is hard on feet. A long day walking aisle after aisle on a thinly carpeted concrete floor takes a toll. Shoes that combine style and comfort are vital.

Hundreds of friends and customers dropped by the Jelitto booth to talk and to rest their weary bones.

Mary Vannanen and I were honored to host the well heeled.

A few of the standouts are featured below.

Mary Vaananen, Jelitto Perennial Seeds, Indigo.

Mary Vaananen, Jelitto Perennial Seeds. Indigo.

Bonnie Strasko, Creek Hill Nursery, Clark.

Bonnie Strasko, Creek Hill Nursery. Clark.

Alex Betz, Kurt Bluemel, Deer Stag.

Alex Betz, Kurt Bluemel, Inc. Deer Stag.

Andy Shelley, Valley View Farms, Red Wing.

Andy Shelley, Valley View Farms. Red Wing.

Ruth Clausen, author and speaker, Bass.

Ruth Clausen, author and speaker. Bass.

Richard Olsen, United States National Arboretum, Franco Fortini.

Richard Olsen, United States National Arboretum. Franco Fortini.

Kathy Betz, Kurt Bluemel Inc, Easy Spirit.

Kathy Betz, Kurt Bluemel Inc. Easy Spirit.

Patrick Kern, green roof enthusiast, recently returned from apprenticeship with Plantica in Guadalajara, Mexico Frye boots.

Patrick Kern, green roof enthusiast, recently returned from apprenticeship with Plantica in Guadalajara, Mexico. Frye boots.

Katie Sanford, horticulturist and young mom. Adidas.

Katie Sanford, horticulturist and young mom. Adidas.

Ed Carroll, National Nursery Products, Timberline.

Ed Carroll, National Nursery Products. Timberline.

Ron Strasko, Creek Hill Nursery, Piccolino.

Ron Strasko, Creek Hill Nursery. Piccolino.

Brad Smith, Aris Horticulture, Bass.

Brad Smith, Green Leaf Plants. Bass.

Monika Burwell, Earthly Pursuits, Josef Seibel.

Monika Burwell, Earthly Pursuits. Josef Seibel.

The Heart and Sole(s) of Horticulture originally appeared on Garden Rant on January 18, 2017.


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