It’s been a busy week of finishing up illustration jobs and clearing the calendar to accommodate our trip to Orlando, Florida. I’m accompanying The Perfect Man to The International Builders Show, a massive gathering of home builders and designers from all over the world, with attendance hovering around 100,000 most years.

So what does this have to do with gardening? Well, more than you might expect. Jam-packed into four crazy days are more than 290 seminars and classes taught by some of the planet’s leading innovators in areas like sustainable landscaping, designing for conservation, green homes… lots of educational fun. I’ll be taking all of you along with me in spirit, journaling daily from the event and posting each night. (This event always attracts its share of celebrity participants — Ty Pennington and Alton Brown in past years, for example. Colin Powell delivered the opening speech two years ago. Pack your bags! Here we go…