Author Archives: Vivian Reiss

Bull’s Blood Beets

I planted several varieties of beets in my garden including, “Golden, Early Wonder, Flat of Egypt and Chioggio.” They range from the lovely pale anemic beet, “Albino”, to the “Bull’s Blood” beet that bleeds a healthy iron red from the moment I cut the … Continue reading

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In a circular line, it all comes back

   It was announced that for the first time in years the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks were to displayed in the Hudson River. The last time I had seen them over the Hudson, was in the year of my sixth grade graduation. I … Continue reading

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Cotton is High!

The world price of cotton in October of 2009 was 66 cents per pound. By October of this year, the price of cotton had risen to $1.26 per pound.The price of cotton had risen dramatically in the past year and that was the … Continue reading

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Yellow Tomatoes and Snow

Today, there were snow showers.  The time for picking tomatoes from the vine has passed for this year. I used the yellow tomatoes that have been ripening on the table in my breakfast room for a quick pasta sauce. Plunge the … Continue reading

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Chsardas: Memories of Mrs Terhes

 Csardas  /ˈtʃaːrdaːʃ/: My Grandmother, would sew the costume and my Mother would teach me the dance. Which came first, the inn “Csarda” or the dance “Csardas”? That philosophical question was unimportant to Hungarian expats in New York. What was important, was to find where … Continue reading

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Packaging up the chard

My chard grows to great height and girth. I never harvest the plants until I have warning of imminent frost, since it is part of my decorative garden and people enjoy observing the plant’s beauty. Harvesting a few leaves every now and … Continue reading

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Cotton; in utero

Growing impatient to see the bolls in my garden burst and ripen with cotton , I picked one today and opened it up to reveal it’s inner beauty. Here the developing cotton is placed on a late blooming dahlia. Breath taking!

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The Vari’s Garden Party

The annual Vari’s garden party is always held in late August in honor of George’s birthday. I painted their portrait a few years ago in my studio in Toronto. When I paint a portrait, I usually ask the subject to bring an item … Continue reading

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Jason Berger

Today, I received the sad news that my mentor and teacher Jason Berger passed away. A master of  linguistict puns, he taught me that paintings contain visual puns and visual double entendres. His innate exuberance matched mine, even though, in the … Continue reading

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Canadian’s Environmental Satisfaction

  Who would have thought that me and my  rooftop garden would become the Poster Garden and Girl for Canadian’s evironmental satisfaction?http://www.canada.com/health/Local+environments+viewed+favourably+Canadians+despite+broader+concerns+Survey/3687326/story.html  Congratulation to the lucky tenants at www.124merton.com

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Summer Squash:Liquid Sunshine

Several years ago I put on an event at my gallery www.vreissgallery.com  called ” The Neuroscience of Molecular Gastronomy” http://video.google.ca/videosearch?q=%22neuroscience+of+Molecular%22&hl=en&sitesearch=# http://video.google.ca/videosearch?q=%22neuroscience+of+Molecular%22&hl=en&sitesearch=#   It was a collaboration with my daughter, Ariel Garten ,who lectured  about how we perceive taste and art through our senses and the history … Continue reading

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Sorghum: The Sweet Taste of Success

Sorghum; the sweet extracted juice This Summer’s boulevard garden was a great success. The broom corn reached a record height of 15′ 8″. Nestled among the amaranth, broom corn, cotton, beets, artichokes, buckwheat, zinnias, dill, Swiss  chard, upland rice, coriander, eggplants, … Continue reading

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On the Boulevard: My Front Chard

One of the most beautiful, healthy and delicious parts of my garden is my “front chard”. It grows  between the sidewalk and the road on a patch about  140 square feet ,which is about the size of a large Tokyo apartment or … Continue reading

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Horseradish, of Plague and Pleasure

Horseradish leaves in my garden in the Fall  The first  thing we harvest from our garden in the Spring is horseradish for our traditional Passover plate. We dig up the root ,wash and peel it and then don snorkeling gear to grate it. … Continue reading

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A New Series Beginning: Giant Garden Paintings!

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One Hot Tomato!

This article alludes to our tomatoes at  www.124merton.com Mintz: A funny bone with no meat on it At the Rivoli, for the Sunday night Laugh Sabbath event that was supposed to be hosted by Kathleen Phillips, I found a woman on … Continue reading

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Summer Squash: Sunshine

In the third quarter of July, I noticed a little empty space in the garden leading to the house. It was a stubborn piece of earth. In that spot, I had tried several times to germinate watermelon seeds and seeds from particularly … Continue reading

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Too many tomatoes? Let’s play ketchup

The rays of the late afternoon sun are lengthening and what seemed impossible two months earlier is now a reality; there are too many tomatoes to eat and too little time to enjoy them. There has to be a way … Continue reading

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“Living in Full Color” in Today’s Toronto Star by Vanessa Lu

  Living in full colour On a tree-lined street in the Annex, passersby are struck by giant corn stalks, just part of a whimsical, colourful garden that’s the brainchild of artist Vivian Reiss. You can view this story at: http://www.thestar.com/yourcitymycity/article/856689–living-in-full-colour  … Continue reading

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When the Garden Was Just a Twinkle in the Elephant’s Eye

 In the post of August 29th, I was struggling to measure the broom corn with a ten foot pole. I needed a fifteen foot pole to touch the tops of the corn. In this photo if you look at the tiny … Continue reading

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In my garden:The corn is definately higher than an elephant’s eye

The front yard and boulevard have become a destination garden for many. Among the streams of admirer’s yesterday an elderly couple remarked, “Your corn is higher than an elephant’s eye.” Behold the scientific study in my garden.

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The aftertaste is sweet: What the media are saying about our tasting

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Clockwork orange

orange in the garden,caro rich tomatoes,carrots,orange stemmed chard,nasturtiums and marigolds  Like clockwork, a year to the day, since our last year’s tomato tasting, Corey Mintz shows up at my door to borrow a cup of tomatoes. He was bearing my … Continue reading

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A toast to the tomato: tomato tasting, part 3

This is the recipe I created after last year’s tomato tasting . I used cinnamon bread because the taste of cinnamon and basil are reminiscent of each other. Cinnamon French Toast topped with Tomato Salad Make a tomato salad following “The Remains of … Continue reading

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Tomato tasting: the remains of the day

When the tasting was over we sent some guests home with tomatoes and cut up the rest for salad.The method is quite simple. If you have different kinds of tomatoes the salad will be more colorful but even with just red … Continue reading

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