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.
- From: VENUS Magazine Spring 2005
From: Library Journal Review
“Reaching a new audience, this gardening book is as fresh and funky as the web site that inspired it. A professional print designer before turning to web design, Trail couldn’t find gardening information geared toward young, hip, frugal, urban gardeners like herself, so she used her skills to create YouGrowGirl.com in early 2000. Like the acclaimed site, the book is artsy but informative. Highly appropriate for beginners, it covers the basics of planning, planting, growing, harvesting, and reflecting on your garden successes. Trail’s organic and inexpensive methods for growing flowers, food, and herbs are practical for postage stamp-sized yards or even city fire escapes. Interspersed are offbeat projects like pest prophylactics, home-sewn tea bags, and a garden memory journal made of recycled materials.
The creative design uses a nice combination of drawings and photos, while the author’s edgy attitude and language are reminiscent of clever, suburban garden writer Cassandra Danz. Though other organic gardening books are prevalent, this introduction is recommended to public libraries catering particularly to twentysomethings and small-space gardeners. “- Bonnie Poquette, Milwaukee
- From: BUST April/May 2005
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: