Saturday, September 03, 2005

Bloomin Disappointment

The first gardening book I purchased was Gardening in Ohio, by Denny McKeowen. During the spring, I pored over its pages nightly in an effort to thoroughly educate myself on my new obsession. I believe I've memorized sections of Denny's educational, yet witty, prose. Quite serendipitously, I purchased a gardening journal also authored by Denny. I took the advice found in both books very seriously. He became a sort of gardening hero figure to me.

While researching where to by an Yves Piaget rose, I discovered that Denny McKeowen has a nursery right here in Cincinnati, Bloomin Garden Centre. I excitedly planned a trip for the next weekend. I imagined acres of greenhouses and rows of plants. As we are nearing the end of the season, I also anticipated great deals. Today, I found none of that. The selection was disappointingly small and the prices were too high. He does seem to carry most of the plants he recommends in Gardening in Ohio, but I've found them elsewhere for less. In fact, I found little to recommend the nursery other than the large number of helpful staff. I didn't buy a thing. I drove home a little disgusted that I had wasted the gas needed to drive to a greenhouse 12 miles away, just to end up buying my plants at the Funke's, right down the street.

The problem with hero worship is that it never lasts once you begin scrutinizing the object of admiration. With the books, a garden center, a landscaping business, and a radio show, Denny seems less the helpful neighbor and more the remote king of a gardening empire. I suppose I shouldn't have put him on a pedestal to begin with. His garden center stinks, but his book is great. In reality, most idols end up having clay feet.


Blogger Scott in Washington said...

At least the staff were helpful. In the future you can go there and ask fifty dollars worth of questions and then go buy your plants at Funk's

9:18 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Perhaps fame has gone to Denny's head? I mean, if you are a gardening guru in Ohio, wouldn't you try to have the best greenhouse around?
I heard that Martha Stewart now gets most of her ideas from her staff and they don't get credit for their creations. I have seen some people make the items they created on her show though! But people will remember MS before they remember the person doing the assemblying.
At least you saw in person what the greenhouse was all about. Feel like writing a letter to Denny? Maybe he'd perk up his ears. ; )

7:36 PM  
Blogger OldRoses said...

Wow, such a disappointment! At least you can still get pleasure from his books.

9:13 PM  

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