Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bookstores and books...

If everything goes according to plan, when this post goes live I'll be sleeping off a long return flight from the 2015 Garden Bloggers Fling in Toronto, Canada.

Andrew joined me on the trip, and if you're a regular reader of this blog you know that means he visited a number of Toronto's bookstores. Doing pre-vacation research he found Type Books and a blog post about their "Traveling Cactus Garden" window display, "an ode to things that grow." Pretty fun right? Hopefully on one of my off days (doing non Fling things) I was able to visit and take photos of my own, just in case I thought I'd share theirs, I hope they do not mind.

Here's what they have to say about it: "Type's window design genius Kalpna Patel took refuge in the warm, green, humid environment of Toronto's Allan Gardens Conservatory all winter long. She found inspiration growing all around her, and the Travelling Cactus Garden was born. Kalpna got to work creating a handmade, three-dimensional paper and cardboard recreation of some of the Gardens' cacti and succulents, and a little imagined plant life too. The Garden will grow and pop up around the city throughout the year, and you can follow it around Toronto at #CactusGardenTO." Nice work Kalpna!

Having trouble reading the titles? There's a list of the books featured in the window display here.

In other garden book news did you see the recent post on Gardenista; Alexa's Library: 9 Favorite Classic Garden Books by Alexa Hotz? She lists some great ones that I've been meaning to check out. With a long hot summer ahead I need to catch up on my reading - after I catch up on my sleep. Lots of Toronto pictures in the days ahead...

Text © 2009-2015 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude. Photos from Type Books.

28 comments:

  1. Looking forward to your Fling posts! What an interesting store display.

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    1. If my past performance is any indicator they'll slowly trickle in. But eventually all the stops will be written about!

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  2. Such fun! I love that cactus, could hug it. (Laugh.) Looking forward to your comments and photos of the fling.

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    1. It's probably one of the more huggable ones I've seen!

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  3. What a fun display and great books! Glad you're catching up on your sleep. Looking forward to your fling posts!

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    1. Catching up, but missing that bed at the Royal York hotel. It was so comfortable!

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  4. Ohhh, the book "Hug me" is so cute :). And it reminds me of a picture my sister took of my opuntia.

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    1. I didn't make it out to Type, sadly, but Andrew did and he bought me that book! I can't wait to check it out.

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  5. Charming window display...love the little book HUG ME : ) Hope you are sleeping and your luggage finds its way home. I wish I had time to check out some book stores in Toronto but by the time we had our free day I was happy to sit on a bench at the edge of the lake and watch the world go by. Looking forward to reading your #gbfling15 posts!

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    1. I would have liked to join you on that bench. Instead we hiked all over town to visit a couple of museums, book stores and one more garden. Turns out there was plenty of time to rest on the plane.

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  6. That window display makes me happy! A fun window.

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  7. Fling post tease! Nice way to ease into the posts about Toronto gardens, which we'll see starting tomorrow, right? :) Really nice window display design though!

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    1. Oh yes, tomorrow. Ha! I'll try to get a couple ready for next week...

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  8. That is such a fun idea! The bookstore looks like a classic little hideaway where you could discover some great books, too. I really should stop by my local used bookstore. Give my aged and worn Nook a break. Now to check out those books on Gardenista.

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    1. I wish I would have been able to visit this one but it was quite far out, Andrew gave it a positive review. We did visit a couple others used bookstores though. I was surprised to see a couple of PNW gardening books on the shelves!

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  9. "New Index For Predicting Catastrophes" -- that must be about gardening!

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    1. Isn't that just the best title?

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  10. I hope you and Andrew had a great time. That looks like a very great bookstore with some very interesting books. I look forward to your Fling reports.

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    1. We did have a great time, although the week went fast.

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  11. Oh my gosh, that window is so fun! i love the recycled material use! I aspire to be one of those people who look at one thing and turn it into another (in a good way!). I'm glad you both had a good time and I'm looking forward to your Toronto posts! But, for now, I wish you rest and recovery. And not too much trip laundry!

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    1. Laundry...you should see the pile. I suppose I should start chipping away at it.

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  12. It was great to meet you at The Fling! This is a great idea. How was the book store? ;-)

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    1. I am so glad I got to meet you too! I just wish I would have been able to talk with you a little more. I should have kicked Jane out of her seat on the bus for one of our treks.

      Sadly I didn't make it to this bookstore after all but Andrew gave it high marks.

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  13. That's a fun window display, and love the concept of it 'travelling'! Sleep and rest well, it seems you both had an amazing time in Toronto :)

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    1. We did! But of course I missed you guys.

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  14. So few places put a lot of imagination and effort into window displays any more (Anthropologie excepted). This is like a breath of fresh (desert) air. Sleep well.

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  15. What an awesome display! The way those cacti have been made is so clever.

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