I was there...but you guys wouldn't know me yet. :)
It was so incredibly crowded Saturday morning/afternoon that I'm sure I didn't see half of what I could have, or would have liked to. I'm kind of phobic about large crowds, and when they get thick I start to have panic attacks. I had no idea the place would be so packed. I guess a lot of people are ready for spring!
I was there. Did anyone try to attend the seminars? I'm sure it's hard for the expo organizers to judge how many people may attend, but getting into a lot of those was difficult. Seats filled up fast and standing room only filled up fast. Plus I heard there were fire marshals on patrol to bust those lurking in doorways. They may need need to look at the possibility of having people "pre-register" in order to plan better or look at moving the event to someplace with more (bigger) meeting rooms. Not that I plan to stop going...I'm too desperate for spring by this time of year and the Garden Expo is a much-needed "fix" for me.
I did go to some demos and actually learned a lot on tending the gardener and seed starting.
[quote]Not that I plan to stop going..[/quote]
LOL! Same here, kraehill, but I was disappointed to miss out on three seminars because they were full. I think Saturday was one of the biggest crowds I have ever seen, and I have been going for several years now. I think we should send comments to wpt.org. Maybe they can figure out something different for future Expos.
I have read several articles lately mentioning the increase in home vegetable gardens when the economy is bad; I believe it from the crowd at the Expo.
My favorite seminars were one with Nancy Momsen on microgreens and Terry Hollembaek on "Inside Out Gardens". Both Nancy and Terry are from Nancy's Meadow Herbs.
The only seminar I went to was the one on hostas (good for me, since I have a lot of shade at my new place). Turned out the lecturer talked mostly about Japanese-style garden design principles and very little about hostas (although he showed a slide presentation of a bunch of varieties at the end of his talk). Wasn't quite what I expected, although the lecturer was a good speaker.