Our last posting was written by my husband John. There are a few more details which I would like to add about Longshadow Gardens. John did a good job in picking up the details of the construction and retail business of the decorative planters, whereas I was more into the different plants located inside the planters.
The same day we visited the gardens we also visited the Hedman Winery. We stopped for lunch there, during which we enjoyed wine samples along with such Swedish fare as meatballs with lingonberry sauce as well as pickled herring, caviar, and gravlax (cured salmon). The owners came from Sweden about 18 years ago and have enjoyed similar success with their business in Southern Illinois as Daniel and Charlotte have had. It is good to see that old farmhouses, barns and grain bins still have some good usage!