We have another special album for you this year. When First Look combined with the American Hosta Society for the joint meeting, attendees had the privilege of visiting some of the area's finest gardens. Here in this album we gathered a few pictures to show you what you missed.  

1. These beautiful gates marked the entrance to the Drummond garden. They call it Tallwood, which explains why they chose the symbol of a large tree. 

2.  An impressive collection of troughs covered the stairs to the deck behind the Parsons home. 

3. A shot of some of the plants in the Parsons garden. Whatever their secret might be, they grow plants very well there.

4. One of the most talked-about plants at the meeting was this spectacular 'Liberty' in the Parsons garden. No one mentioned seeing a larger one. It was truly an amazing sight.

5.  Conny Parsons is an artist and she had some of her paintings out in the garden for attendees to enjoy. 

6. The Thyrum garden was full of fascinating features like this one. Yes, it is a true European-style knot garden. Eve and Pere Thyrum are two of the most creative and innovative gardeners we've ever met. Knot gardens are known for their difficulty.  

7. Another nice small touch in the Thyrum garden. 

8. One of our favorite spots in the Thyrum garden, this pretty scene is backed up by a beautiful Cercis 'Silver Cloud'.

9. One more from the Thyrum's. 

10. We think it's safe to say that everyone was awed by these huge sweeps of hostas at the Guymon garden. Just plain amazing.  

11. Another shot from the Guymon garden, which shows part of the pond that is in scale with the massive sweeps in the previous picture.

12. A few hostas and pots from the Guymon garden.
13. The Krombolz garden featured this beautiful rose-covered arbor, and an outstanding number of design features. 
14. This huge trough was one of several big ones in the Krombolz garden. 
15. One of the features hosta fans were most impressed with in the Krombolz garden was this lush border of 'Kabitan'. Many remarked they'd never seen it grown better.

16. A collection of pots and troughs. Krombolz garden. 

17.  One last restful scene in the Krombolz garden.
18. Another of the most talked-about hostas, this sport of 'Parhelion' appears to be a polyploid form that is smaller with wider edges than the normal form. 
19. This is perhaps the most unusual hosta of the event. It was not entered in First Look because of the attractive pot, but surely would have garnered some interest there. It is believed to be an 'Elegans' sport, and has an unusual speckled pattern.
20. This postcard quality scene is from the Tiffany garden. We think everyone too a picture of this. The house is an old restored mill, and this is one of several genuine millstones to be seen in the garden.  
21. Another scene from the Tiffany garden showing a wonderful blend of stone textures and one of their famous Spirit Song benches.
22. An unusual design feature of the Tiffany garden is the way that Barbara arranges all the plants of a color group together.
23. This shed evokes a feeling of the French countryside, doesn't it? And let's not miss that truly huge 'Sagae' here in the Cullerton garden.
24. One of the great things about convention tours is the opportunity to see some new plants which have been brought to the garden by their introducers for the occasion. Often these are simply guests that will leave before the weekend is over, but these in the Cullerton garden were gifts from gifted hybridizer Arthur Wrede.
25. Last of the most talked-about hostas, this fine example of 'Emerald Ruff Cut' (formerly 'Emerald Isle') in the Cullerton garden will doubtless have many searching for it.
26. The visit to Russell Gardens wholesale nursery and the wonderful pig roast they treated us to was something we'll all remember for years to come. Not to be overlooked there were some really well-grown hostas. It's no surprise that perennials experts like the Russell family can get hostas to grow.
27. The public garden Chanticleer also featured some truly amazing design ideas, like this display of succulents mounted over the fireplace in an old (actually built to look old) ruin.   
28. And  lastly this odd fellow surfaced from the sod to wish us all a safe ride home from Chanticleer.