Tag: joe lamp’l
March 03, 2011
The Seattle garden world was in a whirlwind last week — or at least I felt like I was caught in a mesmerizing horty tornado! That’s what happens when you’ve got an all access pass to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show on a year like this one. Now that I’m coming out of my hazy show-over, its kind of amazing me to realize everything that happened during those brief few days. Whew!
Before the show began, I was on site working with my talented client Mari of The Lusher Life Project. Mari decided to try her chops at the show by putting together an award-winning container display garden. Yep, first try she took one of the three awards given in the container display category. And it was kind of a no-brainer for a recycling & repurposing maniac like Mari to win the award for Best Re-characterization.
During set up as I helped The Lusher Life Project team, I was thrilled to make connections with old and new friends on the show floor. Mari’s display was sandwiched between two great gardens. To the north, was a tropical delight co-designed by my friends miniature enthusiast friend Janit and container-brilliant Christina. To the south, Mari was flanked by delightful DIG. What I found most thrilling about being in this small space was not just the opportunity to soak up their talent but the cooperation that everyone put into building these gardens. Their team work brought to mind a made up term I first heard when working in high tech years ago — Coopertition. (more…)
February 24, 2011
It’s been a fast, furious, frigid few days heading into the 2011 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Finally, at the Arbor Eden Garden Show Fundraising Gala, I had a chance to sit down with my friend Theresa Loe, founder of Living Homegrown Fresh® & Associate Producer of GGWTV, to chat about this year’s Seattle garden show & Growing a Greener World TV‘s choice to feature it in Season 2 of their program. Theresa not only spilled the beans about her favorite gardens at this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show, but she also shared some of the story lines and big names about what’s to come in Season 2 of Growing a Greener World.
Read my interview with Theresa on the Northwest Flower & Show Garden Blog page here. During the show, you’ll find reports from me and few other guest bloggers, sharing what’s happening around the show.
And, don’t forget to visit the show to meet me in person on the Sprout! Stage where I’ll be teaching kids (and parents) about the wonderful way composting worms can transform many of our kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich compost for our gardens.
Too, I’m teaming up with apiarist Corky Luster of Ballard Bee Company on Sunday afternoon at 2:45 in the Hood Room to discuss urban beekeeping from politics to pollination, we’ll have answers and great gardening ideas for anyone interested in keeping honeybees or just gardening to attract them. Love bees? Don’t forget to cast your vote right now for AMDVisionary Award finalist Corky Luster. Your vote may be the one that puts him over the edge for a win. And his win will be a win for the bees!
November 19, 2010
Quite often I’m approached by non-profits, schools, community centers, public gardens, historical gardens and other struggling organizations seeking donations. Groups like this are constantly struggling to stay afloat and build new learning opportunities and beautiful spaces. The economy is tough right now. Donations are down, communities are strapped, but that doesn’t mean a community as to go without the financial assistance necessary to get their gardens growing! Sure small donations from folks like me help, but why not tap into those with deeper and quite generous pockets as well?
Each year Fiskars® grants over $50,000 in tools and cash toward the development of gardens all over the world. Each year they accept applications from communities in need and from those applications select 10 winners to each receive a $5000 “Project Orange Thumb” grant. Five grand may not seem like an awful lot, but really it goes quite a long way. Matched with the enthusiasm and labor of your community, some pretty amazing transformations happen quickly.
Plus, it isn’t hard to apply for the program. Why not? You have nothing to lose and a fantastic garden to (potentially) win! Read on for details and deadlines. (more…)
June 25, 2010
Earlier this year I enjoyed a day of filming in my garden with Joe Lamp’l and his wonderfully friendly, talented and patient crew from Growing a Greener World TV. Their purpose in visiting my garden was to learn more about bees from beekeeper Corky Luster of Ballard Bee Company and from me, a horticulturist seeking to encourage bees in the garden. It’s hard to believe, but just three months later, the show is available to PBS for airing tomorrow!
Since the Growing a Greener World folks were here in late March, it’s been a wild spring ride for the bees, Ballard Bee Company owner Corky and our household. We’ve watched the comings and goings of the mason bees, which have already completed their seasonal cycle. The hive you’ll see in the show has returned to their first home with Willi of Digginfood.com. Corky has brought in new baby bees, established their queens, feed them loads of sugar water so they don’t die out, and cared for them regularly. He’s become a true friend. Even his dog has come to think of our house as a second home, coming to visit often to help us through the mourning period following the passing of our sweet Shiloh dog just a few weeks ago. And, uh-oh, Corky’s even had to visit us three times just to manage swarms. And, lucky me, he suited me up the last time to teach me how to gather the swarm myself.
It’s been a rough spring for the bees. It’s been really rainy and cold in Seattle, which has blown out flowers, slowed plant growth, and has often kept the bees trapped in their hives. Fortunately, our two boxes are still plugging along, making honey, making queens and making my flowers turn into fruit!
I encourage you to check your local PBS listing so you’re able to tune in as soon as it airs in your area. Our local Seattle affiliate has picked up the show, but they won’t be airing the program until later this summer. So, Corky, the Ballard Bees and I will have to catch it online a few days after the original weekend air date — too bad we don’t have a bit of honey mead for toasting the event together. Maybe I’ll have to find some before then.
Enjoy the show. I know I had a fantastic time working with Joe, Theresa, Corky and the rest of the crew. Actually, I’m so inspired by my entire honeybee experience that I’m saving up for a bee suit, gloves, smoker and hive I can call my own. I hope that by being a part of bringing the bees to your desktop and television screen we’ll inspire you to consider how you’ll do more to help the bees help the planet be a greener world.
April 26, 2010
Earlier this Spring, Joe Lamp’l, host of Growing a Greener World TV, invited me to pitch in and help on a community garden project he is heading up in Portland, Oregon. In addition to picking my brain for ideas while developing the garden, he also invited me to join him in Portland later this week as the garden itself is installed. How could I resist? So, tomorrow, I’m grabbing a good friend and truckin’ down to Portland where we’ll be helping the community build this new garden space, which is a part of the Fiskars Project Orange Thumb Grant Program.
Project Orange Thumb is a generous grant program that began in 2003 to assist communities meet their needs in building gardens and garden education programs. Each year, Fiskars receives over a thousand applications for these grants from around the world. From those thousands of applications, 25 programs are selected to receive Fiskars tools, shirts and other gardening materials like mulch and seed, which enable them to put together their gardens. Together with learned volunteers like Joe, my powerhouse gardening pal Kristin, me, and anyone else willing to lend a hand, communities are empowered through these grant programs to grow and flourish in spaces that speak to togetherness and good food!
Be sure to tune into Growing a Greener World TV over the months ahead to catch Joe and me chatting about honeybees in my own garden in their honeybee segment in June. And, keep your eyes on the schedule to catch a glimpse of the Portland community garden we’re working on as well as many other community gardens growing together in their forthcoming segment on community gardens around the country.
And, stay tuned to gardenhelp.org. I hope to share photos and tales of our Portland visit — from the community garden project to the stunning Portland Chinese garden we plan to visit to specialty nursery Cistus where I’m likely to break the bank to the fun, quirky The Kennedy School where we’ll be staying.
If you have questions about Project Orange Thumb or are interested in submitting a grant application for your own community garden needs, read more here. (Note: the 2010 submission period is now closed.)