New York Updates – Day One

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.

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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