In 2010 over 30 garden bloggers from all over the world met for the first ever UK get together at RHS Malvern Spring Show. This blog documents the lead up to that event plus the subsequent informal get togethers we've had in Malvern. There are also insights into the events of 2009, insider views from various exhibitors and personal views of Malvern and surrounding places of interest.

Thus this blog also forms a valuable resource for anyone wanting to visit either the spring or autumn versions of the show, or contemplating a visit to the area.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

So Who's Coming Then?

I thought it was about time I attempted to put together all my 'virtual scraps of paper' (i.e. emails, blog comments, tweets and direct messages) into a summary and publish a first cut view of who's coming so you can see the information I have from you plus who else is coming to the show. I tweeted a couple of days ago I needed a spreadsheet summary, ideally to publish on here and the lovely Frugilegus came up with the goods by suggesting I try this simple scheduling tool. It's done the job, shame it can't tell me when I don't put something in alphabetical order - so sorry Anna and Dawn :(

If you click on the link at the top of the box below, you'll see a summary of who's coming and when. I've also split each date into two, so you can see who'll be at the show or meal each day. You'll also see most of it's in yellow which means I don't have firm information from you yet. It's also quite possible I've interpreted the information I do have from you incorrectly. Therefore, I need you to have a look at the schedule and confirm what you're doing and when. The most important events to clarify right now are who is coming to each meal. Helen needs to book this for us ASAP, especially as there could be rather a lot of us.

You won't be able to change the information online as I need to know who's responded with an update. I'd love to give you a free hand, but it would make it impossible for me to know who's updated, who hasn't and who's happy with what's on there.

Please email me at Malvernmeet at gmail dot com with the changes needed for you OR confirming your details are correct by 5pm Friday 5th February. I'll be chasing any stragglers after that! I'm be posting this over at Veg Plotting (my first blogging simulcast - imagine!) and tweeting this most important post shortly. I'd appreciate it if all my fellow tweeps could retweet the link, particularly as there's a danger I might have missed someone out (Frugilegus in particular?) who thinks they're coming. Many apologies if I have :(


Unknown said...

Hi - I have booked off the Thurs and Friday and am free on Saturday as well. So you can put me down for all Thurs, Fri and Sat. Was planning on collapsing on Sunday but am around if needed!

Victoria Summerley said...

Very impressive! However, being a bear of little brain, I'm not sure if I got my entry right. So, just to confirm, I will be able to make the meal on Friday night, and the show on Saturday and the meal on Saturday night.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Yep - you have me (and dobby) down right - and I am so happy that Victoria is there for meal on Friday as I am looking forward to meeting her.

Zoë said...

I am there Thursday night and Friday night and would be happy to attend a meal both evenings or either evening

Stopwatch Gardener said...

Hi guys,

Can you give me the low down on this meetup? Suddenly from the last post it seems there are deadlines and exclamation marks. I think the meet is just a way to let likeminded bloggers know that we are attending / with a view to meeting in person / yes? Are you organising a separate lunch, or just trying to coordinate which 'official' lunch we'd meet at?

What's the price to attend, anyone?

Sorry for basic q's, am just joining the conversation in the middle!

Sheila Averbuch - Stopwatch Gardener

VP said...

Helen, Victoria, Karen and Zoe - thanks for letting me know. I've amended the schedule where necessary.

Stopwatch Gardener - The main objectives for this post are for everyone to see what's what and to get a rough idea of numbers for meals out on Friday and Saturday nights to enable Helen to make the bookings needed. That's the main reason for making such an early deadline. It looks like our group will be larger than expected and so we might have to come up with a plan B if we can't get in anywhere.

Will be posting exciting news about ticket prices very shortly.

I'll also have a look at the post again to see if anything needs clarifying in view of your comment - thanks for getting in touch :)

Dawn said...

I'll be coming on Saturday and I should be able to come to a meal that evening. Dx

M@M aka VP ;) said...

Dawn - thanks for the info, I'll update the sheet accordingly :)

HappyMouffetard said...

I think I will be around all weekend (staying at my father's) so I can make the show any day and Friday meal (if I can be brave enough!)

Frugilegus said...

Glad doodle helped. :)
I'm not sure I'll make it though. Might be a bit of a logistical nightmare for campers reliant on public transport. And I'm not brave either!

M@M aka VP ;) said...

HM - I'm assuming you'll be going just 1 day out of the 4 (so undecided yet) and I've put you down for Friday's meal.

Frugilegus - that's a real shame, it would be great to meet you. We're really nice. However, if we can't persuade you to come (and I'll try really hard by putting some great stuff up on here)perhaps you can be with us virtually this year and we'll see what happens next eh?