Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Love the event; hate the politics
Even though this isn't my official platform for such expression, I'm gonna go right ahead and rant about the occasionally less than pleasant aspects of my involvement with the Garden Walk. Everyone works very hard on this committee, but sometimes I think the success of the event has adversely affected what used to be a fairly laid-back and friendly group.
Here's what I do for the event: I help a small sub-committee choose the artwork for the poster and map. I have a background as an art critic and curator, so that's something I enjoy doing. Then, I help organize and edit the entries for the map, in which each of the over 250 gardeners describe (briefly) their garden. Throughout the year I assist with writing or editing the PR for the event (and now the book), and I purchase and serve the beverages for our yearly "rally," about a month before the Walk.
There are plenty of people who do more than I do; I particularly do not envy those who have to organize and man the 3 headquarters for the Walk, dealing with the hordes who come rampaging through searching for maps, directions, water, and god knows what else.
Anything that involves envelope stuffing I avoid like the plague.
Garden Walk has really grown in 13 years. We now also give grants to community gardens; the committee that governs this seems to think a whole bunch of small-dollar-amount grants is the way to go. I don't, but I steer clear. It's great to be able to give the awards, though, and I'm sure they will grow as we have.
Finally, there's a rather awkward situation where some of the committee seem unable to accept that one of our gardeners—who has a truly spectacular garden—sells some of his extra seedlings during the event. It's a Garden Walk no-no, but, c'mon, who gives a flying —? Yeah, whatever.
So, in spite of everything, my impulse is still to say "It's all good." And it is.