|The Oak Park Conservatory (courtesy of their website)|
|Kassie & Emily with a Purple Sage plant.|
My disappointment really came with the herbs, or should I say lack of herbs. They had all the stand bys, dill, cilantro, thyme, basil, oregano, etc. but unless you count Lemon verbena, there were no exotic herbs to speak of. I came home with a record of ONLY two trays of plants.
I purchased a replacement lemon grass and bought another Lemon verbena, because you can never have too many. I did get another Mojito Mint (I did not being in he one from last summer that was on the patio) and picked up a French thyme to replace the common thyme that died in the winter. Then I got my old stand by of Basil Genovese and calendula and a Prince Rupert lemon rose scented geranium, but then I spent my money on a tomato plant, some peppers and a cucumber because there were no more herbs of interest.
As we were leaving my friends asked why I did not buy more flowers. I realized that for them the show was perfect and successful, but for me as someone who has been coming to this show for over 20 years, the sale was a disappointment. It was good to know that others would not think so because I believe in the preservation causes of the Conservatory and its Friends group, but I realize that perhaps staff changes that occurred in 2010 and 2011 have relegated the Herb and Scented Plant show to a less important place which resulted in a less than interesting selection of herbs.