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Northwest Flower & Garden Show
Dear Gardening Friends,
Dianna and I have decided to discontinue our exhibit at the NW Flower & Garden Show as of 2018. Having been with this show since its beginning in 1989, B & D Lilies is one of the last, if not the last, of those original, first show exhibitors. Our years of displays have been a labor of love as are our lilies. For your friendship, loyalty, and patronage over all these years, we thank you.
Many of you have become friends, people we only see during show hours, but still friends, friends that have given us much delight with their annual visits. So many of you have allowed us to share not only in your lives but also in the lives of your families and it has been a pleasure in sharing our lives and family with you. Going into the 2017 show, we wondered if it should be our last, and during those five days that February, a number of long time customers came up to us to share how much our lilies had meant to a recently lost spouse or parent, telling us of the hours of beauty and joy our lilies brought into their lives. Some said they attended that show just for a last visit, they came simply to say goodbye and to express how much we meant to them and their loved ones. A few left in tears, a few of them left us in tears. In doing so, as these dear people came in just to say farewell, it was a confirmation that it was also time for our farewell.
Because the show hours are taking a heavier and heavier toll on our bodies each year, we need to to move on and devote that time and energy to our farm, website and blog. With 2017 being a typical year for us, we both logged 93 hours each for the week from setup to tear down. The average age of our crew of eight this last season was 65.13 years and we all felt just how hard that concrete floor is getting. One lady had both hips replaced between 2016 and 2017 so that she could make it for one more year, such is the loyalty and dedication of our crew to whom we owe so much.
So, what now? We intend to keep the mail order portion of B & D Lilies moving ever forward. Dianna will devote “surplus” time to her love of painting (though I can't seem to get her to paint the house) and Bob plans to continue working on what has now become over a 20 year book project on the history of lilies in the US. To all of our loyal customers, we are just an email or phone call away. Again, our thanks to all of you who in the past have stopped to see us, talk lilies, and share your families and lives with us.
Bob & Dianna
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