Travel stories: Gardens in Europe, part 8

Let's see, where were we? Oh yes, I was telling you about our stay in Basel, Switzerland. We spent three days there and it's really quite a delightful town to explore.

As we walked through the center of town, we came across a main square that was filled with a wonderful farmer's market. In addition to booths with incredible bakery goods or cured meats, there were several places that sold beautiful-looking produce. Boy, was I wishing we'd stayed in an apartment with a kitchen! All of the veggies and fruits were of top quality.

There was a customer who had just bought a basket of the most beautiful, plump red raspberries. I commented to him on what a great purchase he'd just made and what did he do? He insisted I try one of the berries! That was a very sweet, unexpected gesture that made me smile for the rest of the day, and boy was that berry deletable. Mmm-mm. Everyone was very friendly and many folks spoke English which helped us out.

What does this have to do with gardening? Well, a few of the booths were selling handmade wreaths for the home and pots of heathers, which must grow really well there because we saw them in a lot of outdoor plantings. So I wanted you to see the types of things they were selling for folks to put both in their gardens and their homes.