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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: Part 4; Goddess Salad

Ariel and Rachel have been  friends since they met at Frosh week at university. The two would sit at my kitchen island as I fed them delicacies that I had just cooked. Rachel would sometimes refer to me as “The Chocolate Goddess.”I think … Continue reading

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Tomato tasting : This Clint Eastwood is a dud not a dude

 The invitation read There are many words to describe the taste of wines, but we invite you to conquer new frontiers with words to describe the taste of Tomatoes. You are invited to attend our Tomato Tasting where we will … Continue reading

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Corn-servation

 Buying supplies for my rooftop garden, I had an after thought.” Why not try growing corn in the planters? I am sure it will look beautiful and rustic.” I picked up a cell pack of corn seedlings and headed up to the garden … Continue reading

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And sandwich

The favorite sandwich of my youth, hardly requires a recipe. Slice a tomato. Spread one side of a slice of rye bread, and yes, it must be rye, with mayonnaise. Top with tomato slices and another piece of rye bread. … Continue reading

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