One Garden at a Time – Recreating Eden is funding an initiative that will give $1,000 to a community garden in need. Think your community garden could really shine with an helping hand? Applications must be submitted by this coming Monday!!
Unfortunately when it comes to Mr. Michael Pollan I can not seem to get past an unfortunate and debilitating case of “teenage fan girl ridiculousness” (squeal!) to write about his work with a modicum of professionalism. If you haven’t heard of his writings and work already I would highly suggest running out and getting a copy of what I think is one of the very best books about gardening ever written, “Second Nature.” The Ted talk (above) leads off from ideas conveyed in his book “The Botany of Desire.”
I highly recommend exploring the Ted talks in general since it is a fantastic resource of intelligent and thoughtful ideas and people.
Dewey Donation 2008 Book Drive – Anyone who loves books can relate to the sense of wonder and hope they can create in children’s lives…. and adult lives too of course. Every year the Dewey Donation System chooses a library in need and provides lists and purchase options for books and other supplies desperately needed. You can even choose specific books that you loved growing up. The drive is supporting two libraries this year!
Shutter Sisters Get Dirty Contest – The new female-centric photography blog is having a photo contest with the topic “getting dirty.” Given how much experience gardeners have with the subject of dirt and being in or around it I’d bet that any one of you could walk away with the “outdoor activities” category without breaking a sweat!
I just returned from a solo sojourn to Vancouver where it was rainy and green, unlike Toronto the city I left just after a snowstorm and returned to in a snowstorm. In fact it has been so snowy here in Toronto I almost didn’t make it back. Previous flights that day had been canceled and when I did get in (at 1am) it was chaos in the airport.
I arrived in Vancouver on a rare sunny afternoon. The mountains were spectacular in clear view. Wendy, the show’s host picked me up from the airport. I regaled her with tales of a previous trip to Vancouver in which I was put up in a lavish suite-with-a-view at the Granville Island Hotel. I had two televisions to myself! The place was so big I felt like I should have a small family living there with me. And what do you know, when I opened my hotel room door this time around it too was a suite but even BIGGER, complete with two televisions, a kitchenette, a dining table, a huge balcony and a small walk-in closet. COME ON! I instantly felt kind of ridiculous about how much I had gone on and on about the insanity of that last suite — Wendy had kept quiet and didn’t say a word the entire time.
Here are a few photos of the set that I took on the day of the shoot.
Host Wendy Russell and myself after a full day of shooting. I am looking rather shiny and make-uped here. I just can’t get used to seeing myself with television face paint.
My very favourite prop on the set, a bottle of “Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific” shampoo.
We made the “Homegrown Stones” leafy stepping stones project from the You Grow Girl book (page 20-21).
Wendy and the director, Rebbecca discuss.
They used a dolly to shoot the wide shots. I can’t tell you how much this pleased me.
This was made by one of the production gals as a gift to celebrate the show’s second season, but when I saw it I thought it made a genius birthday present. Think about it: one gift that covers you off for a whole decade of gift giving!
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