I’ll be travelling to New York City next week to promote the book. Note that a 3rd event has been added to the bottom:
BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!
Thursday, May 19th
6pm to 9pm
Cocktails, live music and hands-on gardening demonstrations.
Where: 103 Hoyt Street, between Atlantic Ave and Pacific St, Brooklyn
URBAN GARDENING DEMOS
Union Square Farmer’s Market
Saturday, May 21
9 am to 2 pm
Urban gardening demonstrations & activities for springtime inspiration.
I’ll be demonstrating some projects from the book and a few others in addition to taking questions etc.
Sunday May 22
218 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn
I hope to see you there!
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: