Tuesday, July 14, 2015
While at the Logan Center, we asked G.E.E.E. participants to trade their poems for 1 or 2 tomato plants until 6PM on the final day. This had not been part of the press release. One participant, Ruth, was planning on selecting several plants to be used at the community garden she runs at Mercy Hospital. She had prepared several poems, printed on nice parchment paper. Her disappointment was evident, as she had gone out of her way to participate.
She asked if could contact her to let her know if it would be worth her while to come back at 6PM. I agreed to text her.
Yes, there were many plants left, so I contacted Ruth to come back. She mobilized several alums from her master-gardener class and dozens of the final plants were dispersed to community gardens all over the city.
Last Thursday I received this text with pictures from Ruth, out of the blue:
"Beautiful tomato seedlings from you. Mercy Hospital and I thank you!!"
Ruth and Mercy Hospital and Ruth, it was our pleasure.
And, of course, we'd like to thank all the volunteers.
This friend took at least 20 minutes to select the perfect plantlet for her poem.
The zinnias were in vases florist containers that we've been collecting.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The mother spider plants and repurposed signage were arranged to catch attendees attention and draw them into the space.
The islands offered plants, plantlets and flowers for traded poems.
A Cuban oregano plant serves as the centerpice for the writing table.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Poems were shared.
The audience was really engaged.
They even decorated the reception table with the allium and tomatoes.
Most people used the stations provided.
Wind, nor rain, nor heat kept people from making an effort to write.
They learned to share and help each other as the winds gusted.
Some people brought the tablets over to the sill to write.
Leave a note.
There was a real sense of community.