You Grow Girl

Gayla Trail, Toronto, Ontario

Summary: When Toronto-based gardener and graphic designer, Gayla Trail started her website YouGrowGirl.com, she had no idea it would become the web destination for young, urban apartment dwellers desperate to create green spaces in their own homes. Having always been an “urbanite”, Gayla has gardened in whatever space she finds available. From windowsills, to balconies, to vacant lots, Gayla can create a garden paradise anywhere.
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The Garden: Yougrowgirl.com* was launched by Gayla Trail in February 2000 and has grown into a thriving online community that speaks to a new kind of gardener, seeking to redefine the modern world relationship to plants. This contemporary, laid-back approach to gardening places equal importance on environmentalism, style, affordability, art, and humour.

Yougrowgirl.com has become a thriving community for likeminded gardeners and even self-confessed “black thumbs.” The project’s aim has always been to promote exploration, excitement and a d.i.y approach to growing plants without the restrictions of traditional ideas about gardening. While we have never said "You must do things this way" organic growing and a motto of “Do no harm” has always been the platform to start from. Gayla strongly believes that most people take the plants around them and the food they eat for granted, and that if they are encouraged to see the wonder of plants and the relative ease with which they can be grown, it will foster a respect for nature that will extend beyond their backyards.

The website is complimented by the companion book, You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening (Simon & Schuster), which quickly became a best seller. As a more personal expression, Gayla publishes her own photography and observations on her blog www.makinghappy.com which combines her love of the camera with her passion for gardening, wildlife and the world around her.

*The following information was taken from Yougrowgirl.com

The Gardeners' Story: Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Gayla Trail is a gardener, photographer, author, and graphic designer. She is the creator of Yougrowgirl.com, and the author of the best-selling companion book You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening (Simon & Schuster), both of which speak to the modern gardener seeking to redefine the relationship between 21st century life and back-to-basics gardening. Through her efforts, Gayla has brought together thousands of like-minded gardeners of all levels in virtual and real communities across the world.

Gayla’s personal gardens include her Toronto roof top garden, a ground-level community garden plot, and a formerly barren patch of public land on a busy urban corner near her home. In her “little urban farm”, she practices and perfects her gardening, sharing her expertise on her website and as a regular contributor to magazines, newspapers, and her photo blog, www.makinghappy.com. Her work as a writer, photographer, and urban gardening advocate has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Organic Gardening, ReadyMade, Venus, BUST, The National Post, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Gardening Life, LA Times, Canadian House and Home, 2 Magazine, Life Magazine, and more.

With a candid attitude, humor, and creative approach expressed in her gardening, photography, and writing, Gayla is a popular spokesperson for urban gardening. She frequently lectures and gives hands-on demonstrations across North America at garden shows, environmental events, garden groups, horticultural societies, and on radio and television. As her own gardens grow, so does her inspiration to thousands of new gardeners that urban life and nature can coexist anywhere: in pots or plots of land, window boxes or rooftops, and through the organic gardening of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

Link: www.yougrowgirl.com
Behind the Scenes: Executive Producer: Merit Jensen Carr
Producer: Merit Jensen Carr
Creative/Line Producer: Donna Gall
Executive Producer, VisionTV: Joan Jenkinson
Director: Gwynne Basen
Writer: Gwynne Basen
Researcher: Gwynne Basen
Narration Writer: Robert Lower
Editor: John Gurdebeke
Director of Photography: Charles Konowal, CSC
Narrator: Bonnie Dickie
Music: Michael Plowman

Date: 2008

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