It has been a busy week. On Wed I gave a container gardening workshop at GrassRoots. The turnout was great and I had a good time!
On Friday I went out shopping for plants with Daphne Gordon of the Toronto Star. We went over to Fiesta Farms on Christie and wandered around the plants talking about plants, containers, and tools for container gardeners. It was my first visit to a garden centre this season! I planned to get a few herbs since they were only 5 for 10 bucks but it the weather was so cold and miserable I decided against it. You should check it out if you’re a car-less downtownie like me ’cause they have some slightly less usual herbs this year including lemon grass, lemon verbena, orange mint and bay laurel.
Later in the afternoon we met up with a photographer and shot a bunch of photos of me. Sadly the sun had gone down, the wind picked up, it was bitterly cold and to make matters worse it started to rain at times bringing the fun level down a notch. The piece should be out in the LIFE section of the Star next Saturday May 24th.
Here’s a picture I shot of the Fritillaria imperalis growing in the Fiesta Farms garden while the sun was still bright.
I’m giving an urban container gardening workshop this week at GrassRoots on the Danforth.
Urban Gardening: No Backyard Required
When: Wednesday, May 11th 2005. 7:30-9:00
Where: Grassroots 372 Danforth Ave (at Chester subway)
$10 (5$ students/seniors/unwaged)
PRE-REGISTRATION is necessary!
To register please call 416-944-1993 or visit either Grassroots location
Details: Your patio, balcony, or fire-escape is a potential garden waiting to happen. In this workshop Gayla will guide you through the ins and outs of growing lush flowers, herbs, and tasty organic vegetables in containers. Learn thrifty techniques, how to deal with problem areas, and find out about plants suited to container growing.
I will be one of four women speaking on the topic of “Sanctuary in the City” this weekend at The Toronto Botanical Gardens.
From the website:
Ultimate Gardening Workshop: Sanctuary in the City
Virginia Burt, Gayla Trail, Ann Hagedorn, Karen Michaud.
As city dwellers, we long for an escape from the traffic and respite from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Four down-to-earth gardening gals will offer you practical solutions in establishing a healthy connection with nature by designing a sanctuary and stress free-zone in your very own backyard.
When: Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Public $50 ($65 includes Lunch) / Members $40 ($55 includes lunch)
The day after the Launch Party I dragged my weary body out of bed and headed west to an area north of High Park called Baby Point to have my picture taken for Gardening Life magazine. Crazy! I brought Davin along so he could a.) keep me awake and make sure I got home okay in my half-comatose state and b.) take pictures.
The shoot was set up at a little garden shop called “The Flower Room.” The place smelled heavenly, and I was very relieved to find out that they would be taking my photo indoors rather than outside in the brisk winter air (in a t-shirt no less) as was previously arranged. I was feeling exceptionally unglamorous but look pretty much like myself (a very weary and exhausted version of me) sporting what I am now calling my “Official Press Photo Uniform.” It’s the best outfit for the day!
Here are some photos Davin took to document the procedure:
Wow so much has happened in the last few weeks I can hardly keep up. Of course, in the end I found myself sick in bed for nearly a week with the same crazy end o’ winter virus everyone seemed to be carrying so that’s my official excuse for the delayed posting about recent events.
The Launch Party was fabulous! We were very worried in the hour or two preceeding the event as our gorgeous springy weather suddenly turned into a winter blizzard. You should have seen us transporting bags of soil and other props through the neighbourhood (thankfully the Gladstone is only a block or so from my place) in my trusty “shopping cart” through a blizzard wondering how we were going to push that thing back if the snow kept up! Happily TONS of people still managed to make it out. I was very thrilled by the turnout and appreciate the effort that everyone made to come out and support the book.
Unfortunately, we were all so busy during the party that we forgot to take pictures, waiting until the end when most of the crowd had gone home. Here are a few pictures I did take:
- Davin runs the merch table – This photo does not do the awesome tulip lamps we borrowed from INabstracto justice. That’s a slideshow of garden photos in the background.
- The party reception table (before people arrived) where guests were given raffle tickets and free stuff.
- The bar area at the end of the night – MattB, Johanna, her friend who won one of the raffle books, my community plot pals Uvie and Vivienne and others.
- Hanging out – Jim, Jim’s mom, Claudia and Scott in the foreground.
Thanks to the team at Simon & Schuster Canada who not only made it downtown to support the launch but took turns working the door too! They also brought me this lovely bouquet of flowers. Orange just happens to be my favourite colour!
I want to thank all my Parkdale locals who have supported both the party and the book including The Gladstone Hotel (I think they got pics for their newsletter), Kate at InAbstracto who dedicated an entire window of her store to promoting the book, and all the stores (too many to name) that displayed our poster for a month.
To DJ General Eclectic for donating his skills and time playing tunes, setting up, and promoting like mad. He fell sick a day or two before the party but still came out with his party hat on.
To my partner Davin who worked on all aspects of the event — there’s too much ground to cover here.
I also want to thank my You Grow Girl gals for coming out to the event. And to the two women who took control of the Mystery Seedling Swap table. Thanks!
If you took a Mystery Seedling home from the party, please do send me an email, or pic to update me on what you got. I will post a list here in a month of all the seeds I donated to the swap. I can assure you my donations were all edible and legal!