you know your a gardener when...


You know you're a gardener when you are willing to travel over five hours in scorching heat across miles of sandy desert during record breaking temperatures just to go on a garden tour.

Crazy, I know but that is exactly what I did this weekend with my good buddy and blogging friend Elaine from Sunny Simple Life. 

When we found out that Caroline from Boho Farms home was going to be on the Arcadia Edible Garden tour in Phoenix, Arizona we knew a road trip was in order so we packed an ice chest and hit the road.

After a few hours we realized how out of our minds crazy we are...the California desert goes on...and on...and on...

And then you hit the Arizona desert and yep, you guessed it, it goes on...and on...and on...

I cannot tell you how much fun it was!  I think somewhere around mile marker 199 we got a little punchy and really started cracking ourselves up.  The desert can do that you know.

Luckily the gardens were gorgeous.  I came away so impressed and inspired.  How these gardeners achieved these lush, green gardens with such amazing character in the middle of the desert is beyond me.

Needless to say, I wouldn't have missed it for the world.  Elaine was such a fun and easy travelling companion.  We have already started planning our next road trip and while it will also include miles of sand, this time it will also include the oceanfront to go with it. 

If you haven't been on any road trips with your girlfriends in a while, I say start planning.  The destination is not nearly as important as the ride!

xo, Patty

Come back tomorrow and I will share a few pictures of the working gardens, tool keeping and patio areas...


  1. Sounds like so much fun to me!

  2. This is a lush looking garden, Patty. I wouldn't have associated hollyhocks with Arizona. I visited parts of the state in late January so didn't have the intense heat you had!

  3. These are wonderful. Thank you for showing them to us.
    The thing I loved most when traveling in the American west, was your desert.

  4. Lovely pictures! I needed to read this! I need a road trip!

  5. Hi Patty, your trip sounded like so much fun. I love road trips. Pretty garden, too :)
    Have a marvelous day and thanks for sharing.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  6. I love road trips too! but the desert portion can be looooong. love the photos!

  7. I stopped by Elaines blog this morning.. You also got wonderful photos too! This place must be something else in person!

  8. What a purrrrrrrrrrrrrty gardens.

  9. I didn't realize you 2 knew each other! Much less lived close enough to go on a road trip and to Arizona from one day? I would have loved that too! SO glad you guys had such a great time!

  10. What a great road trip! Love the pics! Kit

  11. I love road trips with girlfriends! I had no idea that you and Elaine were friends in "real life". Very cool. :-)

  12. Sounds wonderful! Lovely gardens! Glad you had fun! xx

  13. I love travelling to places, thinking I'll never get there and then seeing something wonderful. How great that these gardens can be grown in such hostile conditions. Take care. Chel x


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