Author Archives: Vivian Reiss

124 Merton Street, a Boutique Office Building, Yields Bountiful Crops and Inspiration for Artist/Chef Vivian Reiss

Most office buildings are cloistered away from nature, let alone agriculture. One exception is the Toronto’s www.124merton.com  a boutique office building, whose bounteous crops reap benefits for the tenants both local and international. Owner, artist, designer and chef, Vivian Reiss has been … Continue reading

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“Live Like Viv!” Valentine’s Day Chocolate Pudding Episode

Live Like Viv! is a webseries documenting artist Vivian Reiss’ extravagant and beautiful lifestyle. In this episode, Reiss makes a delicious chocolate pudding for Valentines day. Catch all the excitement at www.LiveLikeViv.com

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VIDEO: Vivian Reiss on Growing Cotton in Your Front Yard, With 100% of Canada’s Cotton Crop

Artist, designer and urban farming pioneer Vivian Reiss in her garden in Toronto, Canada, showing off her cotton plants she grew. This cotton crop was 100% of Canada’s cotton output this year. Learn how to plant and grow cotton, and … Continue reading

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New HD Video of Vivian Reiss, interviewed in her garden

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“It’s a Long Long Time From May to December”

         “Maypole” Columnar Apple Tree in Bloom on the Rooftop Garden 124 Merton Street in May 2011            The song , “It’s a long, long time from May to December”, chronicles the stages of love, womanhood and relationships. In retrospect the “Malus Maypole’s” journey … Continue reading

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Vivian Reiss’s bedroom: where she dreams her dreams

Vivian Reiss’s bedroom: where she dreams her dreams Read this article on the Globe and Mail website By DEIRDRE KELLY From Saturday’s Globe and Mail For the last 25 years, painter and art-gallery owner Vivian Reiss has lived in a … Continue reading

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Of Rye and Radishes

Rye in my garden This morning looking out at my garden, I noticed that the rye was ripening in the paisley bed near the elephant. How did that happen? Just yesterday I had pulled out the maple syrup taps from … Continue reading

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“To V. or not to V.” The 3rd Act

The invitation to my birthday party read,               ”To v. or not to v.?” That is the question. Come to a birthday party to celebrate my birth, rebirth and the birth of William Shakespeare. I’ll supply the Elizabethan feast, please supply … Continue reading

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Expanding Rooftop Garden

  Even though it is still quite cold, it is time to start the cold weather crops such as lettuce. In a month or so bunches of our beautiful organic lettuce will appear in the lobby of 124 Merton Street … Continue reading

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Phad at Merton

  Phad from Rajastan is now installed on the 5th Floor  The Empress Building at 124 Merton Street is known for its art and artifacts throughout the building. As we were putting up this beautiful painting from Rajasthan one of … Continue reading

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Getting to The Root of the Matter, How Deep Are Your Roots?

If you think; ” a new broom sweeps clean,” is a refreshing adage, you have no idea of how the concept of getting to the root of my garden’s suffocation and plague is rejuvenating. After all, a new broom is only sweeping away … Continue reading

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Tomato Panic or Red Alert [or yellow, purple, white, pink or maybe, striped alert]

Last week I had a tomato panic. I found out that Doris Giardino, who grew my beautiful heritage tomato seedlings for my www.124merton.com rooftop garden, was not growing them again this year. What would become of the annual tomato tasting? … Continue reading

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We all do what is takes to find sweetness: Maple; tap into it!

 This year I decided to tap the maple tree in my back yard. Truthfully, I was never too fond of the tree. It blocked out the light from the rest of my backyard and however much I pruned it, it regrew in … Continue reading

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Sow to Sew

 Last year my boulevard garden yielded, as far as I know, 100% of Canada’s cotton crop. Continuing my quest to  live off the land in the city and grow “wearables” not just edibles, it was time to plant this year’s … Continue reading

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Palm Beach Hedge Fund

    In midieval San Gimignano tall towers were the symbol of wealth and power. Eventually there were 72 such structures rising ever higher in this Tuscan hilltop village. Today few still remain. In Palm Beach, Florida such symbols are thriving and are indeed literally living … Continue reading

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Vivian Ssier Painter

        If only I had a last name that sounded fabulous spelled backwards. Arnold Issacs had such luck. In 1954 he was commissioned to create 10 dresses for a General Motors magazine ad. He charged $1,000 per dress, a vast sum … Continue reading

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Flora and Fauna, US VI

 I didn’t manage to capture the dolphins dancing and playing for us in the bay below our house but did capture the hummingbirds feeding on the cactus flowers. Here is a photo gallery of some of the wild goats ,chickens , donkeys ,insects, … Continue reading

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Toronto Star Article “Artist in Residence: Vivian Reiss”

New article on me in the Toronto Star.  http://www.thestar.com/article/932594–artist-in-residence-vivian-reiss Artist in Residence: Vivian Reiss – thestar.com Outside, it is your standard, upscale red brick Annex house. Inside, it could be the domicile of the love child of Scheherazade and Salvador … Continue reading

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Miro on the beach and plant arrangements

One of the joys of walking on the beach is looking for seashells and other objects the tide has placed there. Training your eye on the ground, you see new forms and shapes both in and out of context. I found … Continue reading

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Vivian Reiss Landscape Design Site is Launched!

 This is my new website, check out all my projects!   http://www.vreissdesign.com/landscapes/`

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Ground Provisions, St. John US VI

Buying groceries at the local supermarket named Starfish, I was also perusing the aisles for local fare. The only thing I came up with were basketful’s of tubers; tania, local sweet potatoes and yams. They were positioned in baskets next to several varieties of  potatoes. … Continue reading

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For those freezing in the north: a virtual dose of vitamin D

Rainbow St. John Balmy tradewinds or Arctic blast? As I am in the the Caribbean, I thought those in the cold would enjoy a virtual dose of vitamin D, a video that Dan Goodbaum took at my rooftop garden tomato tasting in … Continue reading

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Banana Bird

   I am on the furthest eastward point of St. John US VI in a beautiful rented villa open to the sea and air on all sides. The only discordant part of the gorgeous setting and decor are the fake indoor plants that … Continue reading

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The Birthday; A Delight At Any Age

Touring Hungary, several years ago, I had to laugh as we passed Lake Balaton. Even being used to flowery Hungarian exaggerations, the fact that Hungary is a landlocked nation, and that Lake Balaton is the largest lake in central Europe, Balaton, didn’t seem to be “the … Continue reading

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Happy Chanukah, the latke mobile menorah

 Years ago, I went to a garage sale and loaded a cardboard box with old kitchen gadgets, pots, pans and even an old oil tin from the basement of the sale.  When I arrived home, I noticed that the muffin tin … Continue reading

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