Hello Vancouver!

I’ll be heading your way next week to do a garden craft segment on the new HGTV craft show “She’s Crafty.” I was able to have dinner with a bunch of You Grow Girl readers and members last time I was in Vancouver 2 years ago so I thought it would be good to do the same this time around, albeit a little less formal.

    When: Tues. Feb 5, 2008.

    Where: Rhizome Cafe
    317 East Broadway, Vancouver (Main and Broadway area)

I’m trying to make this as informal and easy as possible. Basically, how this is going to work is that I plan to hang out in the cafe for 2 hours drinking delicious coffee and eating snacks (so that all the caffeine doesn’t make me jittery and nuts). Stop by for five minutes or come for the duration. It’s your call. Bring any seeds you’d like to trade!

Envelopes filled with cash money will also be accepted.

The exciting thing about traveling within my own country, besides the fact that it is my duty as a Canadian or some such, AND besides NOT having to stand in a grueling customs line at the airport explaining my reason for travel blah blah blah, is that I can bring seeds on the plane with me to trade AND I can bring some home too. It’s probably a good thing (both in terms of protecting our planet’s ecology and my wallet) that I am legally forced to enact a Look, Don’t Touch and Definitely No Bringing Anything Back policy when I travel into the U.S, but all of that withholding sure is painful. Anyways, all of this to say Bring Your Extra Seeds!!

See you next week.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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9 thoughts on “Hello Vancouver!

  1. I don’t know if the weather is going to be any better for you here then there, it’s been snowing for two days now! Since you’re going to be close to main street, make sure to check out the knitting stores(Three bags full and Birkeland Wool).
    Maybe spring will magically arrive next week and you can take pictures of us working in our gardens and basking on the beaches!

  2. Oh thanks about the knit store recommendations Heather! I forgot to mention that I love recommendations. Places to eat, things to see.

    If the weather is even a little bit above zero I will be happy. Actually if there is any green I will be happy.

  3. Will you have time to visit Granville Island? If so, I can suggest a few of my favourite places.

    I’m going to try to pop by Rhizome early — it would be lovely to meet you. That afterwork timeslot is usually taken up by a dog-walk and a Pilates class but I’ll see if I can adjust and do everything a bit later.

    I have a cookie tin full of seeds as you can see here: http://foodgarden.wordpress.com/2008/01/19/super-secret-seed-stash/

  4. Elaine: I stayed on Granville Island last time and because I was working the whole time it was pretty much the only part of Vancouver I actually got to see. So this time I’ve got one day and am going to try and see some of the mainland. Your stash looks good!

  5. If you have time for a quick bus ride or cab up Main street you might also like the Regional Assembly of Text store. Lots of funky type-writery and printing fun to be had. Because every gal needs a t-shirt with a typewriter on it….

    Here’s the store and a link to a blurb about it on Drawn, plus a map from Rhizome (just for reference). :)




  6. I understand. One day isn’t a lot. If there are any specific places you want to get to or things you want to do, why don’t you email me. Also, I can let you know what areas to avoid because of construction. Traffic is a real headache right now — even foot travel.

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