August 25, 2007

A summer of garden tours

I have garden tour envy. This summer several cities hosted annual tours (Berkeley's Bringing Back the Natives garden tour was held in May). GardenWalk Buffalo was held on July 27 and 28. The tour was the subject of a SF Chronicle article. Writer and gardener, Amy Stewart, also wrote about garden tours in Chicago (Sheffield Garden Walk) and Seattle (Georgetown Garden Walk), both held in July. The Detroit Agricultural Network also hosted an urban food garden tour on August 1. The gardens were the topic of a recent Detroit Free Press article. The Dirt, the ASLA blog, has written about urban gardening in Detroit comparing the DFP article to Rebecca Solnit's "Detroit Arcadia" piece in July's Harper's Magazine. Gardeners using some of Detroit's 20,000 vacant lots are earning money by selling their locally grown produce, but according to The Dirt, Solnit's assessment of the city's micro farmers has been criticized for its optimism. What do you think? Note: Harper's online articles are only available with a subscription but the Berkeley Public Library carries the magazine.

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