The votes came in, and my registration has been filed for the 2008 Winter Garden Fair. And while this was a fair and democratic (albeit public) election, the fact is, democracy took a beating.
Here’s the thing: The votes came down heavy on the side of Starting Garden Transplants. In fact, 11 of you voted in that direction. “Seems right up your alley,” said Prairie Robin, a fellow D.C.-area transplant who I hope to run into along the way during the day of the Fair.
There were three votes for the Peonies class (and an interesting sideline discussion about peonies and whether or not they smell like processed meat), and a lone vote, from Aiyana of Water When Dry, for the Summer Bulbs class.
“Since you had bad luck last year, taking a class may improve your chances of getting a good crop this time,” Aiyana said.
A lot of folks voted for The Good, The Bad and The Buggly, but I think that was just a matter of a confusing ballot—I was, all along, planning to attend that during Session 3 of the conference. I mean, how can you resist a session titled like that?
But, as with national elections, sometimes the popular vote gets overridden by bureaucracy. I have been on the road so much lately that it impeded my ability to actually get on the stick and register. I registered too late to get into either the transplants OR peony class.
I did, however, manage to score the last available seat in the Summer Bulbs class, so I guess Aiyana has proved the power of a single vote.
If you’re out there reading this blog, and you plan to be at the event on February 2, be sure to let me know in the comments or by email. I’d love to meet you!