I don’t know about the rest of you but the summer seems to be just flying by. It has been a cool spring here which makes me wonder if it will be another cool summer. One never knows and we’ll just have to wait and see.
The members of this region wanted to have an early Regional Meeting this year so that is exactly what we did. The meeting was May 21 in Dallas, Texas. This Region has one thing that is sometimes hard to overcome –  not a lot of members, spread over a huge territory. This year we decided to do something different and we visited American Agroproducts, a wholesale operation in Dallas. They have been ASCFG members for years plus are great supporters of the ASCFG and the members. American Agroproducts is in a new facility so we received the grand tour, had lots of questions answered and lunch was provided for everyone. After lunch it was back to the hotel to hear two speakers.
Dr. Wayne Mackay from Texas A&M talked about the Texas bluebonnets they are breeding. It was a great presentation with lots of information. The other speaker was Richard Hollander from Abbott-Ipco. Richard spoke primarily about caladiums as cuts but also let us know about other items his company is offering, from tulips to perennials. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ve had my customers asking for caladium foliage, so I was very interested in what he had to say about them. After the two speakers, we shared with each other photos of our farms, money-saving ideas and had just a good general question and answer session. Although we didn’t visit a farm this year, it was a very informative meeting and next year we will get to a farm, probably in Texas.
My personal thank you to all the members who attended the Regional Meeting. It was great to see everyone, visit, and you made it a very good meeting. Now I am looking forward to the National Conference and hope to see everyone there. It will be a good one so don’t miss it.
Start thinking about what to take for the auction. I’ve got some great seeds I’m going to share, maybe some plants too.  I hope everyone has a great and profitable season and I’ll see you in Lancaster.