Monday, March 21, 2016

First Shows of 2016 Completed!

We had a great time at the Spring Garden Show in Baton Rouge, LA. The drive down made us pause and consider the plight of those who suffered because of the unprecedented rainfall and flooding that seemed to cover the state. We toured the USS Kidd battleship and memorial. If you're in Baton Rouge, this is well worth the time!

From there we went to Vicksburg, MS. The National Military Park in Vicksburg is beautiful. It is a self-guided driving tour over paved roads weaving you past hundreds of memorials, statues, and markers. You can almost see the Civil War taking place. Also at the park is the USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum. The Cairo is an ironclad gunboat that was sunk in the Yazoo River in 1862. It has been restored and sits proudly in front of a museum full of artifacts that were also salvaged.  A rare glimpse into the naval side of the war and well worth the stop.

Then on to the Memphis Master Gardeners' Spring Fling. We've been to Memphis before, so we didn't do any sightseeing here. Unfortunately, the weekend turned cold and blustery, even though the hummingbird migration is underway. Take a look at the map and you can see that ruby-throats are slowly making their way north.

We have wholesale orders to get completed before we head back to Louisiana. Proud to report that Beech Branch Crafts and Art Gallery will soon have a new shipment of Ozarklake feeders!

Hummingbird fact for today: 7,891 people reported their first hummers of 2015 to for the migration map. This set a new record! 

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