I can’t deny that one of my strongest personality traits is that of being a hard-core cheapskate. So much so, that I feel obliged to caveat this post by saying that my initial reasons for getting into rooftop gardening were more to save money on buying fresh vegetables and fruit from our rather pricey local markets than any particular affection for gardening. While it turns out that my wife and I probably do save money (surprisingly, I never ran the numbers), the joy of gardening, and the kick I get out of showing our rooftop garden off to friends, has far outweighed the economic benefits. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, urban gardening is much easier than you might imagine. The hardest part is overcoming the psychological hurdle of thinking that it is difficult, confusing, time-consuming, or takes up lots of space. In fact, it is none of these things; you don’t need expensive, special equipment, or any particular skill. You only need a window box, a fire escape, or a small patch of patio if that’s all you have. If this geeky transportation engineer can grow tomatoes, so can you!
This weekend, friends, family, colleagues and admirers got together to celebrate the life, and mourn the death, of a man many consider to be the most talented architect Canada has ever produced. Frank Gehry may have been born in Canada, but Arthur Erickson began, remained and died a great Canadian. He was also one of the World's architectural greats, and a "citizen of the World".