Time flies whether you're having fun or not! But it just seems like 2011 was getting underway and look, it's time to learn how to write 2012 on checks, provided you still use checks.
|Last Month's Thanksgiving Prayer|
Last month's events - including our 7th Annual Thanksgiving Potluck - were so awesome, you don't want to miss what goes on at the Garden. Always more low key than the rest of the hub bub of the city, we are also invariably more community oriented and much more relaxing. Already we have a poetry reading scheduled with several of LA's best poets on our patio - we'll have our usual schedule of classes with several offerings of The Essentials of Seed Saving, plus the Extension classes and a feast of new classes on gardening, preserving the harvest and other skills of interest. Expect/anticipate a book publishing party some time in the first half of the year! We are still hoping to have a monthly singer/songwriter showcase - if you want to participate in that - or help schedule it, let the Gardenmaster know!
The Learning Garden has always tried to keep a low profile in December and we don't schedule so much - there are enough parties to go to and some of us aren't huge party fans. No names please. Here's our lineup for the month:
03 December 9 to Noon - the Gardenmaster speaks his peace about December gardening and tells you What To Do and When To Do It - days are short and so's time, but what can you do in the Garden? Lot's as it turns out - throw out all the books from back east that talk about putting the garden 'to bed!' To bed, indeed, this is one of our most promising growing seasons and if you haven't started yet, you better get busy! $25 at the gate - dress warmly! More info? Leave a response below!
10 December - Our friends from the Westside Produce Exchange will be on site exchanging your excess produce with others so you get their extras and they get yours - much less goes to waste! Drop off your goodies at The Learning Garden (we have signs up - enter from Walgrove!) from 9 to noon. Volunteer (if you can) from noon to 1:00 PM to sort out the produce into the different bags - you can contact them through their page on Facebook and get in on the action. You can be dubious, but it works!
22 December - 6:30 PM until the fire goes out - we celebrate the Winter Solstice. In a season when we make ourselves so crazy to buy gifts, buy cards - mail them in time, prepare fattening food for everyone to eat (and try to not put on weight ourselves) this is a real treat! No gifts, no cards, no getups to get up into, nothing but the sheer pleasure of reflection by the fire on a time gone past and contemplation of the time that is to come. Sweetly affirming our humanity in a sea of madness surging in quest of items of dubious value. Leave it all behind, dress warmly, bring something warm to drink and maybe a baked good... we will have Camille on hand as our guide in our celebration and our keeper of the flames.
07 January - 9 to Noon - guess what? What To Do is back! Come on out, support your resolution to have your best garden ever! More later in the month.
NB. The Gardenmaster will be on a one week writing sabbatical in the month of December. We'll proclaim the dates as soon as we have it worked out - if you'd like the chance of a lifetime to play a gardenmaster, let us know and we'll schedule you for a 3½ hour shift (AM or PM - as you like it) or for a whole day if you feel the urge!
Happy Holidays for everyone!
Hope to see you in the Garden in December!