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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jan 14, 2016 6:46 PM CST
Dave is as nice than I expected and as warm a person as you'll ever meet.

I "met" Dave and Trish 6 years ago when cubits.org was formed. Today was a treat to meet Dave in person!

I was one of three panelists at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in sunny Arizona and Dave asked us questions about our gardening purchasing, likes, and dislikes of online buying.

We were surprised with a myriad of excellent gardening tools, including a cobrahead tool and gift certificates for online buying.

How cool can that be? For gardeners to give their opinion?


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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 14, 2016 6:59 PM CST
WAY COOL!!!! Thumbs up
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 14, 2016 7:00 PM CST
Becky thank you so much for sharing your meeting with Dave. What a great photo.
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jan 14, 2016 7:04 PM CST
Fantastic Becky Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jan 14, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! That is really something, Becky! And Dave! who got a chance to meet Becky Thumbs up
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 14, 2016 8:09 PM CST
How cool is that; you met a real life super hero! Hurray! Hurray! Thank you for sharing the moment. Thumbs up
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 14, 2016 9:34 PM CST

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It was wonderful to meet you in person along with @droughttolerant and @azgarden. The direct gardening association members had nothing but high praise for all three of you.

It was a real pleasure. I have a photo of all of us that was taken by my friend the CEO of jung seed.

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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jan 14, 2016 10:53 PM CST
Lovey dubby

I had so much fun going through the bag of goodies!
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Name: Mary
Glendale, Arizona (Zone 9b)
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Azgarden
Jan 14, 2016 10:56 PM CST
What a wonderful day @dave, @droughttolerant, @Boopaints Smiling Smiling Smiling

It was a real privilege to meet you and spend an afternoon with you. Never thought I would be able to meet Dave, Bonnie and Becky in person. ATP is awesome! Sincere thanks to Dave for making this possible.The members of DGA are a great group. Very kind, welcoming and generous people.
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jmorth
Jan 14, 2016 11:24 PM CST
Your experience could be filed in the 'Will Wonders Never Cease' folder.
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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Jan 15, 2016 1:21 AM CST
What a wonderful, exciting and fun day! Hurray! Thumbs up
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 15, 2016 6:57 AM CST
@dave, maybe the ATP members would like to learn about the Direct Gardening Association? Thumbs up
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 15, 2016 8:17 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Here is their website:

https://dga.memberclicks.net/

They are the membership association of companies that sell gardening products direct to consumers and pretty much every gardening company you've heard of is a member. They have conferences twice a year where they meet and talk about the business and all that.

This is my second time attending (first was in 2006 in Chicago) and it is a lot of fun. The owners of all the companies are here and it's a great experience to be able to talk face to face with the people I've known all these years. It's also enlightening to see how friendly, personable and warm they all are with each other, even though many are direct competitors. The spirit of collaboration is extremely strong in this group and it's a delight to watch relationships form during these kinds of meetings.

They keep pressing me to have ATP officially join and maybe one day we will. I definitely always encourage all the companies that sell gardening products to join. It's not cheap but the benefit they gain from these conferences is certainly much more than the cost to attend.

I really can't say enough good things about the fine people I have met at these conferences. The owners of all these companies are all excellent people.

While at this conference I had numerous people approach me and say they love what we're doing at ATP and that they want to sponsor upcoming raffles. Smiling We might also have lined up a nice sponsor for the 2016 photo contest.

Ken Oakes (of Oakes Daylilies) is here and I spent a good deal of time talking with him. He wants to sponsor the entire daylilies database which would be awesome since he's got such a great company.

The president of Cobrahead tools is here, and he is also this year's president of the DGA. A very easy going and easy to talk with guy who I really enjoyed meeting.

The president of Gardener's Supply is here and I was able to visit with him about our businesses for over an hour. Gardener's Supply is lucky to have him as their leader.

I could go on and on. Smiling
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 15, 2016 8:37 AM CST
"While at this conference I had numerous people approach me and say they love what we're doing at ATP and that they want to sponsor upcoming raffles."

That must be so gratifying! We look forward to the raffles even more now!
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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billyporter
Jan 15, 2016 11:49 AM CST
I say the same thing as Weedwhacker.

Becky is a most awesome person too!
A small town has no secrets except itself
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jan 15, 2016 1:12 PM CST
I am still basking in the afterglow of such a great afternoon.
I think meeting new gardeners is one of my favorite things in life. We have so much in common, even when we garden differently.

I illustrate books as part of my career and I am thinking that writing a children's book about gardening should be on my bucket list. One of the members of the association asked a great question about whether or not our children also garden. My girls don't have any interest ( Crying ) but my grandsons do. Because I am taking the time to teach them.

A book would be fabulous for little ones, to create interest.
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Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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billyporter
Jan 15, 2016 1:29 PM CST
My grandkids other grandma lives closer and when she helps them plant seeds they can see their results quicker than if they were to come here. I hope they like to plant, and if not now, later in life like me. Their Mom tried planting a garden last year so they are interested in eating from it. Cherry tomatoes are a big draw.
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Name: ursula
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Mutisia
Jan 15, 2016 3:17 PM CST
@Boopaints, for some people it takes a longer time to discover their NEED/LOVE for gardening, so do not be discouraged by your children's indifference. Once it's in your genes ...... well, it will emerge at some point!

I love nature since my early childhood, but was not interested in gardening. Everything changed when my mother died (I was just 17 years old). Was it a way to deal with grief? I don't know, but I have not stopped since then. Even when I lived in the big city I gardened on my 2 large balconies - thanks God there was no earthquake (quite common here) at the time, for my pots could have seriously harmed people escaping the building ......
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 15, 2016 3:32 PM CST
Becky, I saw these great photos you posted on Facebook .... sounds like it was an interesting and fun time ... and good things to come for ATP as well! Thumbs up
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 15, 2016 7:51 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Everybody wins!!!!!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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