Sunday, April 27, 2008

NYC Grows!

When I left for Union Square Park this morning (the annual celebration of NYC Grows!) it was cold and rainy. As we set up the Fafard booth, Scott, Chris, Ann, and I agreed that surely no one would show up for our demonstrations in this crummy weather. But by 10:30 the rain had stopped and a crowd had gathered for my first demo: a container garden for a low-light, indoor location.

After that, the fun never stopped: excellent energy and an exciting day. Every hour I put together a different container combo for various growing conditions: full sun outdoors, sunny indoors, shady outdoors, and the ever-challenging, low-light indoor location. We raffled off each container garden after the demonstration and the line for free seedlings wrapped around the booth. Fafard gave away 1600 marigolds and cherry tomatoes and even more vouchers for free potting mix.

The funny thing is that I've loved and used Fafard for more than 10 years, long before I met any of the folks who worked there. I'd recommend it whether they were paying me or not. (In the interest of full disclosure, let me be clear, they are.) You may not be able to find it at the big box stores, but it's worth looking at your neighborhood garden center for a bag or two of the good stuff.

P.S. Thanks to Ellen Spector Platt for taking the photo!


At April 28, 2008 at 2:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a great time doing demos at the New York Botanical Garden booth, though we weren't as busy as you were at Fafard (NYBG wasn't giving away any freebies!). I agree about Fafards soil mixes being excellent. And the event was fun to be part of!

At April 29, 2008 at 10:58 PM , Blogger SaraGardens said...

Ny mom would have loved to learn about the low-light, indoor, depression-alleviating miracle planting - right up her alley! I'm glad you had a great day. It's extra-inspiring when folks turn out in iffy weather. (Hardy gardeners, that's how I think of these folks, and I'm proud to be one myself.)

At May 1, 2008 at 4:17 PM , Blogger molly said...

i SO wish we could have been there. it sounds like an amazing day!


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