Proven Winners Extravaganza: I Drank the Kool Aid

Bad to the phloem!Last spring I had the chance to speak at one of Proven Winners’ Extravaganzas. It was the Year of Saying Yes- so I did.

(This is now the Year of Saying No, so don’t even bother trying)

I’m not sure what sort of person gets asked to do public speaking and says,“Hey, that sounds awesome!”, but apparently I’m one of them. I mean, it’s a lot of work putting together a slide show and an interactive spiel to go with it. Then there’s the terror of the actual public speaking…
I dunno. Maybe I’m masochistic.

So, I flew to Boston, watched a few other speakers, had a lovely lunch (that I barely ate because I was too busy jibber jabbing with other gardeners) and then gave my presentation. It went well enough that ladies praised me in the bathroom afterwards and villagers didn’t chase after me with torches and pitchforks. It was a tricky spot, because P Allen Smith was next to speak. They really wanted him but couldn’t help but be mildly amused by me… Because I’m mildly amusing.

There were free plants abound and goody bags at the end- I now have a Proven Winners license plate holder that never fails to get a chuckle out of all the right people. I couldn’t have dreamed up a better way to spend a day that was too cold to garden in at home. I wish there were more things like this, where gardeners could get together for the day, learn stuff, get free stuff and jibber jabber together….

So I think I’m going to haul my cookies to the Proven Winners Extravaganza in Milwaukee this April. If you go, I’ll be the realllllly pregnant one there, so stop by to point and laugh at me.

If there’s an event in your ‘hood, think about picking up some tickets for you and your best gardening pal. You may really enjoy it, I did- and I think everything is lame.

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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