Join me for two events on Friday March 3
Coffee with Gayla: 2:00 pm
An informal chat in which I will talk about my own gardening story and life; my personal passions; why I garden the way I do and what gardening means to me.
Urban Gardening: 3:30 pm
An intro to organic gardening in the city that covers non-traditional gardening spaces, challanges and how to work with them, how to access your space, inspirational and thrifty ideas, growing food, unusual (yet easy) plants, and more.
Sat. March 4 (11:30 am)
Enjoy a three course organic lunch as panel members discuss “What I Love About Gardening” and “Current Gardening Trends.”
For more info visit: The Stratford Garden Festival
Sat. Feb. 11, 2006.
Vegetable Gardening Symposium
Clackmas Community College, Gregory Forum
8 am to 4 pm
This event includes a selection of wonderful speakers on varied topics related to growing food [See link above for full listing]
I will be giving a presentation called, “Gardening with Limited Resources and Challenging Spaces” (Pretty self-explanatory) at Noon followed by a Panel Discussion/ Q & A with other speakers at 3:00pm.
Registration includes lunch and refreshments. See here for details.
Sunday Feb. 12, 2006
Book Signing & Seed-Starting Workshop
3811 N. Mississippi Ave. Portland, Oregon. (503) 288-4889
Learn the ins and outs of starting veggies and flowers from seed. Thrifty hints and tips for beginners, apartment dwellers and small space gardeners. I’ll be signing books and answering gardening questions.
Admission is FREE!
I know it’s geeky but I like to stop in bookstores to check for the book. If I’m in a new city I’ll check in stores I pass on the street, and in my own city I’ll check in stores I know carry it just to see it on the shelf. It’s still a huge thrill almost a year later. One time my brother was with me and he yelled out, “This is my sister’s book!”
Here I am in the Chapters in Ottawa:
Here it is in a store window:
And taken with a really bad camera phone:
I’ve been busy over the last few months with a number of workshops and projects but thought I would take a moment to document some of that here before the experiences escape me.
I did a workshop called “Grocery Store Gardening” at Ladyfest Guelph back in Sept. Here’s the promo:
“Turn the waste from tonight’s meal into totally free, yet extraordinary houseplants. In this workshop you will learn how to grow unusual fruit trees, groovy houseplants, and edible herbs from the stuff that is normally thrown into the compost bin. Participants will take plants home with them at the end of the workshop. Please bring along any of the following items, if youÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got them: empty margarine containers or old plant pots, left-over fruit seeds: mango pits, pineapple tops, avocado pits.”
The prep work for the workshop was a bit more intense than usual as I had to make a few shopping trips for supplies and prepare some of the plant matter ahead of time but the overall experience was a lot of fun. It was just fun watching reactions to some of the unusual fruits I brought along.
I had to carry my materials on the Greyhound to Guelph which was an experience in itself. I took large cuttings of several pungent herbs including African blue basil minutes before I left and the smell emminating from my person was quite intense.
There was a Bonsai show taking place in the University Centre at the same time as Ladyfest and I must confess that I couldn’t resist and bought a Boweia aka False Sea Onion. It was too crazy to pass up and I’m too much of a succulent addict. Can’t stop the plant mania! Thankfully (or sadly) the Cactus and Succulent Society show & sale was not on. I’ve heard they tag-team it with the Orchid Society show & sale. Temptation like that would have meant sudden death to my bank account.
Unfortunately, I did not take any photos (kind of hard to do in the middle of giving a workshop). However, if you’d like to try your hand at growing your own grocery store plants, I have posted a few articles on this site over the years that delve into the subject. See:
Things are coming along swell on the rooftop garden. In fact, this is turning out to be my best year ever! The weather has been incredibly hot and dry, and as a result I have been out there religiously watering containers, sometimes as much as twice per day. But the combination of heat and consistent watering has resulted in a stellar turnout, especially for plants such as basil and tomato that suffered in last summer’s cool, grey weather.