Saturday Denton's Redbud Festival went on as scheduled, 10am to 4pm. Yes, it was cold. Yes, it was windy. And grey. And, as the day progressed, temperatures fell and winds picked up. The sun peeked out from behind the clouds for a few seconds -- what a teaser. I would not attempt to convince you this was the optimal day for talking about plants. But what a terrific day it was!
The friendly folks at Keep Denton Beautiful (www.kdb.org) are troopers. They dressed in layers for the day, and inspired all the vendors and attendees with their smiling faces and upbeat personalities. Our booth was situated on an exceptionally windy corner of the Denton County Courthouse, so they suggested we move closer to Native Plant Society, Trinity Forks Chapter, and some other related vendor booths. I still don't know exactly why we decided to stick it out next to the War Memorial. By 11am I think my brain was frozen -- my speech, as well as my judgment, might have been impaired the rest of the day.
The vendors were incredibly supportive, as well. In fact, even the attendees shivering in their shoes offered assistance as a gust blew away our sign. Everybody we met smiled, joked about this 'lovely spring weather', and made us feel warmly welcome in Denton. Some even bought plants!
David already committed us to next year's event. We hope you will join us, rain or shine or wind or hail or...