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:
- From: New York Resident (Oct 10, 2005.)
As a part of Leafscapes urban gardening event series hosted in conjunction with Turning Leaf Wines and Open House New York.
Click for pdf version.
I’ll be signing books at Book Expo Canada on Sunday, June 26 from 3-4 pm. Come out and get your book signed, bring along your completed projects (I love seeing them), or stop by for a chat.
There has been lots of excitment here in You Grow Girl land so I’ll start with updating my trip to New York and work from there. But before I do I am proud to announce that the You Grow Girl book has gone for a second printing! Woo Hoo!
The weather in New York was fairly schizophrenic with bright, sunshiny goodness one day and cold rain and thunderstorms the next. Thankfully the weather was great for the party at GRDN in Brooklyn. Thanks to Suzanne and her team who did an amazing job as hosts providing lots of good eats and treats. The store was fabulous and I was very impressed by the selection of plants in stock. In addition to herbs they had a really spectacular selection of lithops (only $3.00 each). I wanted to bring some home very badly but alas it is not legal to take plant material over the border so I had to be satisfied with looking. I made several unsuccessful attempts to persuade locals to buy one so I could live vicariously through them.
Photos: Outside GRDN, Outside with full view, Outside View 2, Y’All Stars, Y’All Stars again, party people, food spread, book browsing, book signing, Suzanne in the background, Cal in the foreground, more partiers, strawberry pot demonstration.
Photos of the event were taken by Davin Risk.
Earlier in the day I had an interview and photoshoot in the Sixth Street and Avenue B Community Garden in the East Village for a Dutch newspaper. I was interviewed by Beertje and photographed by Keetja Allard. The article comes out in Holland in a week or so but here are some photos taken by Davin Risk documenting the shoot. 1, 2, 3
I was greatly impressed by the East Village Gardens and managed to run into a large number of them by chance just walking around. Some photos:
- Sixth Street & Avenue B, the garden. Cold hardy opuntia. The gardens were definitely ahead in New York. Hands
- The Creative Little Garden
- 110 East Houston St.
- A creative use for old piping.
- This sign placed amidst a patch of Japanese Knotweed is great.
I have lots more community garden photos to share but they are all taken with film and I haven’t gotten to them yet.
I’ll be travelling to New York City next week to promote the book. Note that a 3rd event has been added to the bottom:
BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!
Thursday, May 19th
6pm to 9pm
Cocktails, live music and hands-on gardening demonstrations.
Where: 103 Hoyt Street, between Atlantic Ave and Pacific St, Brooklyn
URBAN GARDENING DEMOS
Union Square Farmer’s Market
Saturday, May 21
9 am to 2 pm
Urban gardening demonstrations & activities for springtime inspiration.
I’ll be demonstrating some projects from the book and a few others in addition to taking questions etc.
Sunday May 22
218 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn
I hope to see you there!