The book is starting to make appearances in retail stores. I didn’t expect to see it so soon here in Canada but I was informed on Saturday night that some copies were spotted at Pages Books on Queen St. Of course I had to go see for myself! Check out the photos:
When: Wed. March 23 starts at 8:00pm
Where: The Gladstone Hotel (Ballroom)
1214 Queen Street West (Queen near Dufferin)
With a blend of soul, funk, Latin and jazz by DJ General Eclectic (Footprints, Turning Point). Come early for door prizes, CD giveaways and more!
PLUS: Bring a couple of seeds with you to the event and participate in a mystery seedling swap. [Thanks to Scott at EcoFlora for the great idea.]
Admission is FREE!
I hope to see you there.
What an exciting day! Five fresh copies of the book arrived on my doorstep this morning. The book looks great and I’m excited to finally see it in print. Here are a few photos:
Here I am doing something strange to my neck while pretending to be a librarian reading aloud from the book.
I was so excited I even took the book out with me for lunch and posed with it at my favourite local cafe.
An article by Karen von Hahn on Gayla Trail and You Grow Girl.
“…it’s as punchy, quirky and irreverent as its hip young urban audience.”
“Sanders (Trail) who is slight, intense and wears the statement eyeglasses of the srtistically inclined, also had trouble with the gardening industry’s conventional beauty ideal. “It was intimidating to see everything so clean and organized with nothing out of place. It seemed like there were these rules of entry. As if you have to know everything and have all this stuff, and everything has to look a certain way.”
“What you won’t find on You Grow Girl is anything that smacks of gardening’s ordinary bourgeois conventions.”
“Seeking neither beauty nor status, what (Trail) and her ilk want from gardening are its oldfashioned lessons of hardwork, patience and self-sufficiency — combined with an entirely new aesthetic that is infused with radical politics. Apart from gardening’s natural connection with the greening of the environment and protest against the spread of commercialized agribusiness, the politics of gardening for this generation of dirt-lovers is about self-expression and liberation.
“My mother’s generation skipped out on things like knitting and gardening because they didn’t want to be forced to do it to be a good wife,” (Trail) explains. “Now we are in a position that we can go back and reclaim these old skills but without the baggage.“”
Guest post by Zesty
I’ve decided June 1 is New Year’s Day at least when it comes to gardening. It certainly doesn’t make much sense to go with January 1. In June I can get outside, take some action and not indulge in any whimsy.
For whimsy and wishful thinking have ruled the day for far too long. It would be fair to say that since moving to my home almost three years ago, my garden has been an unmitigated, or perhaps more accurately, an ‘untended’ disaster. Granted there have been a fair share challenges the last couple of years, the kind of challenges that don’t so much knock weeding off the radar as put it into a new hemisphere altogether.
But as with most things, there is ultimately never a ‘good time’ or a ‘right time’ or ‘time’ period. There is simply the need to get things done and it’s a need that must be met or it all goes to hell in a Kate Spade basket.
If I may refer to a moment of philosophical brilliance as spoken by Edward Griffin: ‘There’s a time to fall apart and a time ta get funky. THIS is one of those funky times.’
So this weekend, it gets funky. I?m going to get out there and get the great purge done.
I made a good start two weeks ago. I purchased a Godsend of a gardening tool from Lee Valley. It’s called a dandelion digger and is the best $34.50 I have ever spent. I got done in one hour what would have taken me a half-day of hand picking on bended knee. After filling a compost bag with dandelions and their assorted compatriots, I was feeling satisfied. My paternal grandfather, who was genetically generous in giving me a talent for all things green, would be proud I thought.
The next day I came home from work and saw on my lawn an invasion of fresh yellow dandelion blooms. I thought what my grandfather would have thought.
I’ve since discovered that dandelions are the Hulk Hogan of the garden. They never really go away.
But I digress.
The dandelions made me feel so defeated. All that work and for what? It seemed that my desire to catch up with my Portuguese neighbours would never be fulfilled. In my neighbourhood it’s not keeping up with the Jones. It’s keeping up with the Fernandes and the Cabrals. My friend Joe, who is Portuguese once told me “For some men, it’s the trophy wife or the car. For some it’s the money. But for a Portuguese man? It’s his house.”
He wasn’t kidding. Being a less than diligent gardener in a predominantly Portuguese neighbourhood is a little slice of self-esteem hell. I’m willing to concede that part of my discomfort with the state of my garden is not just a matter of personal pride, it’s plain old peer pressure. Every day I walk past perfectly manicured grass so dense and richly green, you could carpet a living room with it. Top-heavy hydrangeas and bleeding hearts virtually dripping with blooms abound. I was lucky to get two buds on my Prince rose last year. There’s this awful feeling that that when folks are out on their porches in the summer, they’re looking at our place saying “Oh yeah. Nice people, but (insert multitude of gardening sins here.)”
So after a lost long weekend in soggy Huntsville where my spouse and I got pelted with rain, slept in an uncomfortable bed, saw the odd moose and canoed for all of ten minutes I now have this weekend to catch up.
I?m not being overly ambitious. I just want to finish clearing out the weeds, prune back the roses and ground pines and lay some mulch. The next week I?m going to plant some seeds and see what happens.
Hey, ya gotta start somewhere.