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The original carrot plush toy

Where’s Gardenerd?

And now for something completely different…

At least a year ago my PR assistant, Mel, gave me a carrot plush toy. It’s the cutest thing ever. It also spawned an idea we couldn’t pass up. What if we sent this plush toy around the world so people could photograph it in their gardens? What if gardenerds all over the planet could then post their photos to Twitter or Instagram for all of us to share?

The original carrot plush toy
The original carrot plush toy

But we couldn’t send him…Gardenerd…out just yet. He needed to have some “work” done.  I contacted a seamstress through the time bank I belong to, Our Time Bank. For a few time credits, she agreed to return our little plush toy with the perfect accoutrement:

Now he's ready to go out into the world.
Now he’s ready to go out into the world.

And so, Where’s Gardenerd was born. Here’s the scoop:

We’ll be stuffing Gardenerd into a Flat Rate Priority Mail box and shipping him to the first person on a select list of gardenerds around the globe. Your task: take a picture of Gardenerd in your garden, around recognizable landmarks in your town/city, or take a selfie in the garden with him, and post your best picture to Twitter or Instagram along with the hash tag #wheresgardenerd. Remember, there’s only 1 ‘n’ in Gardenerd.

Send your best photo to us at @gardenerd1 on either Twitter or Instagram and we’ll collect the images and post them to this blog. The box will have instructions and a list of where to send Gardenerd next. Here are some details:

1) Take photos showing Gardenerd and your fruits and veggies in action. Be creative! Have fun!

2) Keep it clean. No lewd photos, folks. Really. We want to spread joy, not creepiness.

3) Keep Gardenerd clean. Take photos of him in your garden, but try to keep him free of soil, mud, etc. He’s one of a kind, so if he gets damaged or destroyed, game over.

4) You pay for shipping to Gardenerd’s next location. Feel free to share him with local friends before sending him on. Just make sure to get him to his next location to keep the game going within a week of receiving him.

5) Let’s see how far Gardenerd can go! We’ll be sending him out from Los Angeles, CA. We’d love to see him in Paris, Rome, or Udaipur. We’d also be happy to see him in Nova Scotia or Argentina. Help keep Gardenerd moving around the globe. Share your gardens with us, then send him on to the next one.

If you have Gardenerd in your possession now and need to print up an extra copy of instructions, click here.

Some ideas to get you started…

Gardenerd with blackberries, LA, CA.
Gardenerd with blackberries, LA, CA.
Gardenerd with Sonora White Wheat, LA, CA.
Gardenerd with Sonora White Wheat, LA, CA.
Gardenerd hangin' with the chickens in Mar Vista, CA.
Gardenerd hangin’ with the chickens in Mar Vista, CA.
It's tomato season in Los Angeles!
It’s tomato season in Los Angeles!
Our volunteer Delicata squash in Mar Vista, CA.
Our volunteer Delicata squash in Mar Vista, CA.
Kumquats are in! Coastal Los Angeles rocks.
Kumquats are in! Coastal Los Angeles rocks.
Gardenerd selfie with our Meyer lemon tree in Mar Vista, CA.
Gardenerd selfie with our Meyer lemon tree in Mar Vista, CA.

You get the idea, and this is just the beginning. Show us your new greenhouse, or some native plant (legal, please) you’re growing. Take a group shot with your garden club, or school garden class. We want to see you!

So, are you in? To get started, email us at with your name, mailing address, phone number and Twitter or Instagram handle. We’ll choose 10 random names to start off the list. We’ll notify you if you make the list and let you know when to expect Gardenerd in your mailbox.

It’s a community adventure, and we hope you’ll join in. Let’s see how long we can keep this going! Keep Gardenerd traveling around the world.

Bags are packed. Where shall we go?
Bags are packed. Where shall we go?

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Kelly Daye

    Hello sweet Gardenerd, my dearest friend in the whole wide world is Alys Milner of San Jose, CA. You were just visiting her and I know she loved every minute of it. She was so excited. Lucky you, I wish I was there too. But I’m in Canada and Alys and I try to visit at least once a year. Well, get this GN!! Alys will be visiting ME this summer, in Edmonton and I’m so so excited. We’re settling on dates as I write you. I thought it’d be a super fun surprise if you came to my house while I host our mutual friend. She would go banana’s I think and we’d have fun taking you to the Rocky Mountains and other local attractions. On the gardening front, I’ve had a giant perennial garden in the past. We lived in the country for 25 years. Since moving into town, I’ve really downsized but still love tweaking my little flower garden each spring. I’ve been filling patio pots and railing pots like mad since moving here. Our summers are really only 3 months long and your visit would make that short season so special. Please consider me, if you’ve got an opening late July. Sincere thanks, Kelly Daye

    1. Christy

      Hi Kelly,

      Send your contact info to wheresgardenerd at gardenerd dot com and we’ll put you on the list! We’ve love to see the look on Alys’s face when they meet again in Canada.

    2. Christy

      Hi Kelly,

      Send us your info to wheresgardenerd at gardenerd dot com and we’ll get you set up. Thanks for participating!

  2. Alys Milner

    I just popped over from Sarah the Gardener in New Zealand. This looks like so much fun.

    I’m hoping for a visit too. I’ll send info via the proper channels. 🙂 What a terrific idea.

    1. Christy

      Great, Alys! Thanks for joining in. We got your email and have added you to the list. Stay tuned!

  3. Eugene

    Is it too late to have Gardenerd visit South Louisiana?

    1. Christy

      Hi Eugene,

      There’s still time! Please send your name, address, email and social media contacts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) to wheresgardenerd at gardenerd dot com and we’ll have the next person on the list send him to you when you’re done. You may want to review this post for details: Happy to have you join in!

  4. Christy

    Hey everyone, if you sent us your information for Where’s Gardenerd and didn’t hear back from us, it’s because our email system was down for about a month (since April 23, 2015) and we didn’t receive your message. Please, please send us your contact info again! We want to reach as many gardenerds as possible!

  5. Shellylynn Henry

    Love the website, do you have more YOUTUBE? Send us the carrot, we will showcase him in our Florida garden!

    1. Christy

      Thanks, Shellylynn! If you haven’t already emailed us your address, please do. We’d love to see him in Florida.
      As for YouTube, we’re planning more videos soon. It’s been busy around here getting the spring garden in, but it’s time to put more info out there on video.

  6. Azucena

    What a great idea! Anxious to see the aftermath.

  7. Mom & Dad

    Cutest thing ever!!!!

  8. Modern Mia Gardening

    Oh, the Wonder Kids would love a visit from Gardenerd. They’ve got big plans for him in our Golden Isles. Per their request, I’ve sent you an email with our details. This is so cool! Even if he doesn’t come visit us, we’ll be keeping up with his travels.

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