Up and Coming Events

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Spring is (supposedly) here in Toronto, which means it’s time to start talking about gardening! As a result, I’ve got a bunch of confirmed events on the roster in Toronto over the next few weeks.

Seed-Starting Plant-Along:

Saturday, March 28, 2009. 1:30 pm

I’m calling this a plant-along rather than a workshop since the aim of this workshop is primarily to walk members of our Seedling Growing Collective as well as members of the greenhouse we are sharing through the ins and outs of starting seeds and caring for seedlings. I will be starting my own seeds as well, so in that sense it is not a workshop but more of a communal effort with some discussion and instruction added on.

I’m not yet sure if this is only open to our group and greenhouse members, but I will confirm for future dates. However, if you are curious about the greenhouse, it will be open to the public that evening at 8:30pm in celebration of Earth Hour.


Toronto Horticultural Society: Small, Urban Potager
Monday, March 30, 2009. 7pm

I’ll be speaking about growing beautiful food gardens in small and difficult spaces. I’ve been told that non-members are welcome to come out for this event and it is free to attend.


Seeds of Diversity 25 Year Celebration:

Sunday, April 5, 2009. 9am-4pm

I’ll be talking about growing urban food gardens, telling stories, and showing photographs of my own gardens as well as other urban food gardens I have visited.

This talk is a part of a larger event with other speakers and costs $35 to attend (includes lunch).

You’ll need to register ahead of time with Seeds of Diversity in order to attend.

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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13 thoughts on “Up and Coming Events

  1. Aw, they all sound like so much fun! If I wasn’t on the other side of the country I’d totally attend all three. Unfortunately, there’s that pesky distance…

  2. Thanks gals. Am hoping to make it out your way next year Kelly.

    The problem is I’m already killing myself to do these. I have nasty, nasty deadlines. I said I wasn’t going to do any at all this spring!

  3. Ada: Not sure why but I rarely do events that record the presentations… never mind putting them online. Gardening isn’t know for being particularly tech-savvy.

  4. I’ve noticed a general lack of gardening podcasts. A shame, really. I would love to listen to a composting seminar or mason bees discussion while starting my seedlings or weeding my garden.

  5. I’ve only just started my discovery of podcasts, but I’m definitely getting hooked, fast. I’m with Ada, there’s definitely a niche here that needs to be filled.

    I started my tomato seeds this Sunday while defiantly staring down the unrelenting snow outside.

  6. Call me old-fashioned, but I really enjoy the lack of technology in the gardening field. It’s one of the only places I can escape it.

  7. If gardening podcasts became available, I might never leave my computer…that would be bad for my garden AND my son! LOL!

    However, Gayla, I must say, having just watched you on Recreating Eden last night and joined this site today, I hope to see you somewhere a bit closer to the west end of the GTA. :) I’d love to attend a talk or seminar.

  8. The other issue with podcasting is that it is a pain in the butt. It’s extra work. And since the work is unpaid… well… that a problem.

  9. Aww don’t worry about adding tech to gardening, Sorellina. You dont have to bring your computer out to the garden WITH you, just have a little bit to the side. Like the plug in USB green house. How cool was that? Tech, and greenage!

  10. See you at the Parkdale Horticultural Meeting tomorrow Gayla. I dont envy you the work up to the presentation – I haven’t started PP presentation for Portland yet – got bogged down on paper & had to take a day.

    I tried taping a class I taught once – what a joke – it just doesn’t translate … ‘yes you can put it over there’ ‘ you can see in the picture where it is’ ‘yes over there’ ‘yes you can put it there too’ ‘here’ ‘yes – right there’ ‘ok now – yes they are over there’ I almost went off the road laughing when I listened to it on my way home! It would be a lot of extra work to gear a talk to a podcast unless it was a casual conversation – maybe between two people I think.

    The seed planting workshop was fun. I learned new things – thanks!

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