Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • Fall Fest

    Fall Fest

    Join us on October 14 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm at Windsor Park!
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  • Fall 2018 at OSCA

    Fall 2018 at OSCA

    Our Fall session is in full swing! Check out our Fall 2018 Program Guide for more information, it's never too late to register!
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  • Old Ottawa South Resident? Join OSCA - it's free!

    Old Ottawa South Resident? Join OSCA - it's free!

    If you wish to vote for the OSCA Board, you must be an OSCA member. If you wish to stand for election to become a Board member, you must also have signed up as a member at least three months before the AGM. To become a member click below and register today - it’s free! Want to join the OSCA Board? Contact the Nomination Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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  • OSCA Celebrates 40 years!

    OSCA Celebrates 40 years!

    2018 marks the 40th anniversary of The Old Ottawa South Community Association! Stay tuned for a wonderful year filled with celebration. Throughout 2018 we'll be looking back on the wonderful years we've had, and planning for the even more amazing years ahead! Stay connected with us through Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram as we celebrate our anniversary! @OldOttSouth
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Black Elderberry.

Native Plants Garden

In June 2018, Sandra Garland from the Fletcher Wildlife Garden planted a variety of young native plants at our local library. With the help of Sandra and some very dedicated Green Dreamers we have managed to keep these native transplants alive and thriving. Among the varieties planted at the Sunnyside Library you will find: arrow-leaved Asters, Beebalm, Joe-Pye Weed, Nodding Onions, Upland White Goldenrods, and Pearly Everlastings. 

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September is Here!

September is Here!

Thank you to Green Dreamers who showed up Saturday & Sunday on this Labour Day Weekend. There were five of us who were able to squeeze in some time Saturday morning to spruce-up the Firehall, the two beds on Sunnyside at Bank, and the bed outside Hopewell School near the children's playground. Well done!

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Cedars’ August garden.

Green Dreamers Meetup: Sat. Sept. 1, 2018

Saturday, September 1st, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

I've been away most of August and I'm now back in town. I don't know how many of you are in Ottawa for the weekend (it's the Labour Day long weekend) but after talking to Brian Ure, we thought that we would let you know that we're in town and that we will be gardening this Saturday morning. We will meet at the Firehall.

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Rideau River view from the May Court Hospice.

Far from the Maddening Crowd

This summer the Green Dreamers toured the May Court Hospice Gardens. The gardens are not open to the public; they have been created as a private refuge for Hospice clients, their families, guests, staff, and volunteers. And so, we felt especially privileged to be welcomed as guests by volunteer gardeners & staff to this green oasis in the heart of Old Ottawa South.

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CISV PeaceBus visits the Old Firehall!

CISV PeaceBus visits the Old Firehall!

On Saturday July 21, 2018 OSCA welcomed twelve young volunteers (14-18 years) from Canada's CISV (Children's International Summer Villages) to Old Ottawa South. These young adults (along with two senior volunteers plus a dedicated & experienced driver) travelled in their very own Peace Bus from Victoria across Canada, promoting just and peaceful societies through education, learning, and volunteerism.

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Something Different at the Firehall Sat. Jul. 21, 2018

Green Dreamers will meet at the Firehall Saturday, July 21st, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. We will have the help of 12 young volunteers (14-18 years) from Canada's CISV (Children's International Summer Villages). These young volunteers are travelling across Canada in a Peace Bus and volunteer their time in the different communities where they stop. 

Ottawa is one of their destination points. Kelly Campbell, an OSCA Board Member, is hosting the travellers. And on Saturday morning these young volunteers will show up at the Firehall to help us weed, mulch, and plant. After the Firehall they will likely visit the vegetable garden on Riverdale Avenue, created by Green Dreamer Brian Ure and Krysia Pazdzior (the benefactress of so many of our perennial plants).

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Green Dreamer Update July 2018

With my last "call-up" I promised an update of what's been happening behind the scenes during this hot & very humid weather. Green Dreamers rarely garden when the temperature is 30 or above but we do try to catch-up on a variety of tasks and activities that support our gardening between the bridges. These include:

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Green Dreamers: Sat. Jun. 23, 2018 at the Library

Green Dreamers met at the Library Saturday morning June 23rd, 2018 8:30-10:30 a.m.

On Wednesday a patch of the long garden near Bank was cleared of sow thistle and a variety of native plants planted (Arrow-leaved Asters, Beebalm, Joe-Pye Weeds, Nodding Onions, Upland White Goldenrods, and Pearly Everlasting). 

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Green Dreamers: Shifting with the Times

Green Dreamers launched their fifth Season May 26th, 2018 at the Firehall. This year, instead of hauling compost from the City’s Field facility near Moodie Drive, we bought sheep manure and brown bags from our local Scout troop and associated Beavers, Cubs, and Venturers. We’re always trying to find new ways to make the work a little lighter, a little easier, so instead of wheelbarrows we moved sacks of manure from the front porch of the Firehall (where the Scouts dropped them off) to our vehicles and drove them to the garden beds.

By now you have likely seen the Green Dreamers along Bank Street, cleaning up, removing old growth & winterkill, weeding, turning soil, and yes once again replanting. We’re a determined bunch of gardeners! You may have also noticed that not all the gardens are getting the same amount of attention. As a way to conserve our energies, maintain our commitment and have more fun the Green Dreamers are focussing on gardens that have been adopted. By adopted, we mean the gardens that have designated overseers, or captains. Adopted gardens include the Library, Sunnyside/Bank (3 lots in all), the Firehall, Glen, Grove, Ossington, and Cameron.

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