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Shindig 2016 at Mike’s Plant Farm in Perry, Ohio

Thursday, November 24, 2016 2:12
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Every year, for many, many years now, we hold an annual event at our nursery here in Perry, Ohio for our Backyard Grower Members.  It’s a big deal for all of us because we spend all year communicating online, buying and selling plants to and from one another, helping each other growing problems, but seldom get the chance to meet face to face in person.

Mike and Pam McGroarty with Tim and Patty Berrier.

Mike and Pam McGroarty with Tim and Patty (Cookie) Berrier.

I’m not sure who took this photo because it was taken with Tim’s camera but he’s in the photo!  Patty gained a new nickname, “Cookie”, at the Shindig.  Long story but it seems to be sticking.  I have to thank Tim for sending me a bunch of photos that he took at the event this year.  Thank you Tim!  The photos that you sent me are awesome and the ones of The Little Yellow Dog are priceless!  I’ll put them in another post dedicated to her.

Mike and Pam McGroarty with Duston McGroarty.

Mike and Pam McGroarty with Duston McGroarty.

Most of you know that Duston works behind the scenes most of the time keeping all of our Internet stuff working, updated and creating new products.  He’s in the office, I spend most of my time in the dirt.

I also have to thank Duston’s wife Lorelei because she took a ton of photos at this event and I will share them here as well.  I think Tim captured a photo of her, but I’m not sure.  If so I’ll post it.  Thank you Lorelei for the awesome photos!

Backyard Growers Shindig 2016 at Mike's Plant Farm, Perry, Ohio

Backyard Growers Shindig 2016 at Mike’s Plant Farm, Perry, Ohio

Discussing the art of plant propagation.

Discussing the art of plant propagation.

No words really.

This sign on the Donkey Pen pretty much sums it up.

Finnegan and Fergus trying to scam a piece of pizza crust.

Finnegan and Fergus trying to scam a piece of pizza crust.

Touring Mike's Plant Farm, the plants in the foreground are Green Giant Arborvitae grown from cuttings.

Touring Mike’s Plant Farm, the plants in the foreground are Green Giant Arborvitae grown from cuttings.

Checking out Japanese maples and a bed or hardwood cuttings.

Checking out Japanese maples and A Bed of Hardwood Cuttings.

Typical candidates, clamoring for attention.

Typical candidates, clamoring for attention.

That's Roger Higgins in the blue shirt with the camera around his neck. Ya'll know Roger!

That’s Roger Higgins in the blue shirt with the camera around his neck. Ya’ll know Roger!

This member came all the way from North Carolina and not just to meet Fergus. Her goal is to grow thousands of fruit trees, I'm excited to see those available soon.

This member came all the way from North Carolina and not just to meet Fergus. Her goal is to grow thousands of fruit trees, I’m excited to see those available soon.

Clearly Roger is teaching.

Clearly Roger is teaching.

Notice the two giant water cannons in the background? Those are at another nursery next to mine.

Notice the two giant water cannons in the background? Those are at another nursery next to mine.

Shindig 2016 at Mike's Plant Farm.

Shindig 2016 at Mike’s Plant Farm.

Stan Radan on the left with his

Stan Radan on the left with his “I Dig Plants!” tee shirt. And that’s why these folks are so fun to hang out with.

Weston and Gavin McGroarty, what do you suppose their up to?

Weston and Gavin McGroarty, what do you suppose their up to?

Lunch!

Lunch!

Duston's kids helping us with the door prizes, many prizes were donated from members.

Duston’s kids helping us with the door prizes, many prizes were donated from members.

Great shot of Stan! He's very photogenic!

Great shot of Stan! He’s very photogenic!

Jamie Powers wins a prize! She also sold me some really nice Lilacs that day.

Jamie Powers wins a prize! She also sold me some really nice Lilacs that day.

Great marketing Neal Klabunde!

Great marketing Neal Klabunde!

Notice the sign taped to the back window. 50 count trays of plants, $35.00 per tray!

Notice the sign taped to the back window. 50 count trays of plants, $35.00 per tray!

Lynn McMillen and Finnegan seem to be hitting it off!

Lynn McMillen and Finnegan seem to be hitting it off!

Mike Bronsky and Duston in deep discussion as the plant exchange between members takes place behind them.

Mike Bronsky and Duston in deep discussion as the plant exchange between members takes place behind them.

Plants buying, plant buying and more plant buying!

Plants buying, plant buying and more plant buying!

On the right, Cathy truly holds our nursery together. On the left, is that my wife buying plants from Cathy Ward?

On the right, Cathy truly holds our nursery together. On the left, is that my wife buying plants from Cathy Ward?

You really can fit a lot of plants in a van. Just ask Roger!

You really can fit a lot of plants in a van. Just ask Roger!

Tim Berrier took this photo of me and the donkeys.

Tim Berrier took this photo of me and the donkeys.

Weston on the left, Gavin on the right, relaxing at the Shindig.

Weston on the left, Gavin on the right, relaxing at the Shindig.

Thank you so much Tim for this priceless photo of All, the little yellow dog!

Thank you so much Tim for this priceless photo of Ally, the little yellow dog!

Finnegan giving me a hug.

y Finnegan giving me a hug.

Every year this event becomes more and more precious to all of us.

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