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:
- From: BITCH Magazine Spring 2005
“How can you not be inspired by a gardening guru who sports a Joy Division t-shirt, a practical (and stylish) homemade gardening apron, and cat-eye glasses? Taking cues from feminist DIY manifestos like Stitch n’ Bitch and Get Crafty, Gayla Trail, creator of YouGrowGirl.com, invites you to take it outside. Don’t have a ayard? Don’t worry — Trail offers up a weatlth of info on guerilla gardening on city streets and vacant loys, community gardening, container gardening in wondow boxes or on fire escapes, as well as full-on backyard planting. You Grow Girl covers everything you need to know about developing a green thumb, from soil conditions to seed starting to pest management to composting, and more. Ample photos and Leela Corman’s cute, clear illustrations provide helpful visual cues, not to mention a pleasing read.” -R.F.
-From: The National Post (March 26, 2005.)
I’m going to be on the CBC Radio program “Here & Now” today (Monday) talking about the book, gardening and YouGrowGirl.com. I will be on at approx. 4:20 pm and a second time at 4:50 pm.
-From: ReadyMade (March/April 2005.)
“In most cities, people outnumber plants. Urbanites seeking to correct the sprout-to-person ratio will find their action plan in Gayla Trail’s inspired book. Trail, who founded the hip, how-to site www.yougrowgirl.com in 2000, schools clueless downtowners on how to plan, grow, and maintain a mini garden on a windowsill or rooftop. Combining a renter’s pragmatism (one chapter covers planting on fire escapes) with a designer’s eye (she recommends the dramatic, spiky agave for its modernist good looks), Trail’s field guide is ideal for those who prefer a green ghetto to a manicured lawn.” – page 16