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Janet and I in full Bawlmer.

The annual orgy of plant worship and fun times – the Perennial Plant Association symposium – is happening in Baltimore this year and the Flock is Gathering – in high Pink Flamingo and Big Hair.

That was all on display this week at the big Mid-Atlantic  Nursery Trade Show, where garden diva Janet Draper piled Marge Simpson wigs and other pink and orange tackiness on passersby, and generally ginned up excitement for what she promises will be a Really Big Show.  On  Facebook she posted photos of everyone in costume with the caption “Hons.”

Janet’s in charge of the mid-summer event, so all the fun-lovers will be there.  It’ll be my first PPA shindig, after hearing raves about it for years.

Janet filled me in on the culture of Bawlmer, starting with its amazing HonFest.  Quoting its website:

The term Hon is actually a friendly greeting and comes from the word honey. Around here, however, the women who vie to become Baltimore’s Best Hon are a vision of the sixties-era. They are women with beehive hairdos, bright-blue eye shadow, spandex pants and anything with leopard print!

Not to forget that other purveyor of High Bawlmer Style – the outrageous filmmaker John Waters.  Thus the pink flamingos.

And you thought Baltimore was all about “The Wire?”  That downer!

I’m going to PPA/Baltimore for the partying interspersed with learning a lot and seeing amazing private gardens and famous growing operations and garden centers, and God only knows what, with hundreds of plant people, mostly the fun kind.  It’s open to everyone.

HonFest photo credit.

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Susan Harris
on January 16, 2015 at 7:59 am, in the category What’s Happening.