Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Mikey's Dinner

What a fun, fun evening.

In the first place the weather
was perfect! Check out the
drive to Kennett Square and
Longwood Gardens.

Over country roads and past
water features.

It was the finale dinner to
celebrate the accomplishment of
eight hard but wonderful weeks as
Summer Interns at the gardens.

We arrived at our destination
and were granted entrance by the
guard at the guardhouse.

Here in the parking lot I had to
take this picture of a plant

Mikey was checking it
out too...so it is not just me!

The Conservatory was looking pretty
lovely as it reflected the sky.

We headed up the stairs to the
Terrace where we were to have our
dinner. I stopped and took a picture.

Mikey became aware that I wasn't
following and turned around.

He was so nervous.

He needn't have been.
The Longwood Horticulture Staff
and Administration were so lovely.

They chatted away with us as if we
were important to them. In fact, we
were so blessed by their attitudes
and kindness.

As Mikey is the first homeschooler
to be accepted into the program we
knew they were taking a chance on him.
There was no school staff to intercede
should something have gone awry. They
would have been stuck with us..."The Parents!"
However, we could not be happier with
the program and the experience.

Each program participant was given a
certificate of completion that is very
impressive and was encouraged to stay
in touch with their acquaintances at
the Gardens.

The "class"

Here is hoping that Mikey makes it into
the Professional Gardener's Program.
He wants it so badly.

He would start a two year rotation in either
2011 or 2012.

Maybe, just maybe!

We sure are hoping!
He will be working on
Latin Plant Names this school
year...just in case...


For more Outdoor Fun, please visit Susan
at A Southern Daydreamer! She's always
got the best friends sharing the beauty
of the out of doors.


Mrs.Rabe said...

So awesome! I know you are so proud of him! We are too, and praying for him to get into the professional gardeners program.

Kristine said...

I hope he makes it! What a lovely place.

Thank you for sharing the photos!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Did Mikey drive back and forth every day or did he stay there? I didn't know he was working there.

BTW, nothing is happening with the job hunt. I just hadn't been up to posting anything, I've been so down lately. We sold our RV.

Judy said...

Congratulations, Mikey! What an awesome accomplishment!

Hootin' Anni said...

I read between the lines!! Ya, I know...there is pride just bursting out of your seams!!!!! Loved this.

My O W is posted now...it's a continuation [and last entry for the week] of our tour of the Botanical Gardens.

Amy said...

Good luck Mikey!

Marina Capano said...

Hi! what a cute pics!

great post!

Bonnie said...

I hope his dreams come true!

Anonymous said...

Great post! That conservatory photo is gorgeous.

JD said...

Congratulations to Mikey...Hope his dreams come true...and, as usual, great pics, Becky....
Have a great day...

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Very cool... thanks for sharing such a unique perspective.

Stop by if you get a minute -- would love to have you.

TTFN~~~Claudia ♥ ♥

Mary said...

Your photos are wonderful. I'm rooting for Mickey. He'll be a professional gardener - if not here than some other beautiful spot.I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Brenda said...

I wish my grown daughters loved gardening as much as I do!

mbkatc230 said...

Congratulations to Mikey! He should be very proud of this. What a beautiful spot to learn. The one thing I miss in Texas is seeing the Amish buggies, both in Northern Indiana and Pennsylvania. Happy OW! Kathy

Elena said...

That is so awesome! That is something I think I would have enjoyed as a young person:)

SmilingSally said...

You must be soooo proud.

Jacquelynne said...

That is really exciting! Congratulations!

Kelly said...

Way to go, Mikey! Get ready, Mom, one of your little chicks is really growing up. (well, actually two). We are so happy for Mikey and will pray for him to get into the professional gardeners program. It's such a blessing to see a young person know what they want to do and to get the opportunity to do it.

The Stylish House said...

Hi Becky,
I wish Mickey much success and happiness, what a neat program!

Joyce said...

What a fun summer for Mikey and you certainly are so proud of him! Keep up the good works so he can get into the next program.