Green Dreamers were invited to the Ottawa Public Library at Sunnyside to help celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 15-21, 2018).
"We (the Ottawa Public Library) appreciate the effort and time you dedicate to the gardens at Sunnyside and would love to take this opportunity to formally thank you," wrote Kelly Sirett in an invitation to Christine & Mike Bradley, Green Dreamer Captains of the garden beds at the Sunnyside Branch.
Yes, we’re back! So, if you see us in the neighbourhood wave, stop for a chat, share some of your gardening insights and suggestions. We are always delighted to see and hear from you. It’s why we garden in Old Ottawa South's public spaces; aside, that is, from the intrinsic rewards of gardening itself.
Spring 2018 begins our fifth season tending public beds along Bank Street and Sunnyside Avenue. And with the passing of winter we are preparing to rethink and “rejig” how we work as volunteer gardeners. So, if you have an opinion or some ideas about how we might do things differently, we’d like to hear from you.
Spring is indeed here and we've been giving some thought to our first meeting of the year for the Green Dreamers. Let us know your availability so that we can meet with as many volunteers as possible. We would like to meet at the Firehall so if you can give us an idea of preferred dates we'll reserve a room. We would like to suggest weeks of April 16, April 23 or April 30 (which brings us into early May). There's a lot to talk about and once we learn from you what weeks work best, we'll draft an agenda.
By the time October arrives Green Dreamers will be winding down their fourth gardening season in Old Ottawa South. When you see them on the sidewalks and in the public garden beds between the bridges, they will be (most likely) pulling up the dried remnants of milkweed and sunflowers, cutting back some rather thick and reedy perennial growth, raking dried leaves, filling brown bags, ruminating over what went well and what didn’t, and sharing with each other and passers-by bits of information and suggestions for the next growing season in 2018.
We'll will be gardening this Saturday morning, September 17th, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. We will begin at Glen, move to Sunnyside & Bank, and then head towards the Library. It's time to pull some milkweed/sunflowers and cut back plants that are just plain "spent."