Ahh, Seattle, speaking of being entertained in style! The Northwest Perennial Alliance Hardy Pant Study Weekend was an information packed blast June 12-15. http://www.northwestperennialalliance.org/ As a measure of its delights, the conference annually sells out in mid- March. One of my plant breeding heros, Adrian Bloom, of England’s Blooms of Bressingham, pointed out that while hundreds of new cultivars are released each year, breaking into the market with a new plant is quite difficult and horribly expensive. I personally trial several of their achillleas & silenes. Other speakers included ME (!), Ros Creasy, Joe Eck, Wayne Winterrowd, Charles Price, Glenn Withey, Nicholas Staddon, Steve Lorton, and weekend moderator Riz Reyes. Learn more about our speaker is a great link to these talented lecturers. The tours, hosted by Tina Dixon and Paul Stredwick, plant market, workshops and parties brought out more than 450 people to the conference. I sold lots of Timeless Landscape Design: The Four Part Master Plan books!