Chicago, meet Wally!
While preparing for the IGC show, we’ve had some time to explore Chicago a tiny bit, mostly from the El Train. So many patios!
Clearly, Chicagoans loves to garden when (and where) you can.
Wally’s here to help! Not only is he very reasonably priced, but he’s also easy to store away for the winter. Just dump the potting soil and spent annuals into your compost bin, let him dry out, and then introduce him to your vacuum cleaner. He’ll be happy tucked away in a closet while its cold outside, and he can switch places with your hat and mittens come springtime.
Just zip-tie him to your railing, alone or with friends. Your plants will love him too, as his felt gently holds water for them to drink, making him more water-efficient between those summer rainstorms.
Wally, and the plants and soil to fill him, is even available locally at the outstanding Gethsemene Garden Center, which we know you were just looking for an excuse to visit again soon! We stopped by to pick up some supplies, and were charmed by this weekend’s arts fair. Truly an inspiring place. They even sell Wally already planted, in case you’re a bit busy right now.
And after Wally wins your heart (with easy, affordable gardening fun of course), maybe next spring think about giving him a friend, or making it a party. Two stacked rows will give you some privacy on that balcony, and room for more plants! Let’s see, mint in one for cocktails and tea; flowers for cutting in another; salad mix, of course: then oregano, parsley and basil for the dressing… sounds like Wally’s got you, and your balcony, covered all summer!
Woolly Pocket is currently on tour in Chicago at
Independent Garden Center Show Booth T66
Dates: August 17th – 19th
Hours: Tuesday, August 17 2pm – 6pm. Wednesday, August 18 10am-6pm. Thursday, August 19 10am-3pm
600 East Grand Avenue
& New York at
New York International Gift Fair Accent on Design Booth 3947
Dates: August 15th – 19th
Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM daily; 12 noon close on Thursday, August 19
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
Photos by Stephanie Bartron (1-4) and Josh White (5-6)