Where There’s a Windowsill There’s a Way: The Dirt on Groundbreaking
For anyone who appreciates the elegance of a beautifully
designed garden, Turning Leaf Vineyards presents “Leafscapes” to show how to
transform any space into a lush and artistic garden. At these events, you’ll
have the opportunity to get your hands dirty and learn how to turn a windowsill,
fire escape, rooftop or balcony into a green paradise of beautiful and edible
plants, vegetables and herbs.
During these free and open-to-the-public events, Gayla
Trail, author of You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening,
will teach the ins and outs of planting and harvesting seasonal garden
specialties that will also visually enhance your living space. With Trail’s
mantra—“Where there’s a windowsill, there’s a way”—even the tiniest, most
unusual of spaces, like a mere crack in the pavement, can turn into creative
oases. “This new wave of gardening is nothing like you’ve seen before,” she
explains. “While you might be short in space, you can make up for it with your
own unique style.”
Along with Trail’s inspirations, Turning Leaf Winemaker
Nicole Robinson will share some of her favorite straight-from-the-garden
preparations paired with the wines that she passionately creates. While sampling
these food and wine pairings, you can learn about colorful heirloom varieties
for favorite veggies – like the Cherokee Wax bean or Two Inch
Strawberry corn – and get advice on turning a set of vintage dresser drawers
or decorative olive oil cans into chic planters. You’ll also be invited to take
part in a do-it-yourself garden design seminar including planting fresh herbs in
“At Turning Leaf Vineyards, we’re encouraging a new generation of aspiring green
thumbs to have fun with home gardening and design, and to reap the rewards,”
Robinson says. “It’s incredibly gratifying to enjoy a sumptuous meal made with
homegrown produce, and even better when it’s accompanied by a glass of flavorful
Did you know that approximately 80 percent of the U.S.
population now lives in metropolitan areas, making our nation among the most
urbanized in history? As we find ourselves living in smaller spaces, creative
approaches – like vertical gardening from a postage stamp-sized balcony – are
growing. Leafscapes will show how even the apartment dweller with access to a
little know-how and desire to be creative can join the fun.
Leafscapes will be in the following cities in 2006:
€ Spring: Chicago, May 18
€ Summer: San Francisco, July 19
€ Fall: New York City, September 21
€ Winter: Miami, December 7
If you are interested in attending (and over age 21), call 1-888-717-3498.
Reservations are required and space is limited.
Can’t attend the event, but still interested in gardening?
Access more details at TurningLeaf.com/Leafscapes beginning May 1, 2006.
Edited by Siobhan Welch
courtesy of Turning Leaf Vineyards
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