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.
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.
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).
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:
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).
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.
Green Dreamers: The City will not be delivering mulch this week. Instead, we will be planting.
We have received a significant donation of native plants from the Fletcher Wildlife Garden at the Central Experimental Farm! The list includes over 40 different plants including 6 varieties of aster, beebalm, Joe-Pye weed, hyssop, nodding onion, prairie smoke, turtlehead, yarrow, and more. All these are available now and they are in need of planting.
Walk through the Hospice Gardens at the May Court at Saturday, June 16th at 10 a.m.
Catherine Shaw from the Hospice Gardens at May Court has kindly offered to give us a tour this coming Saturday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This Wednesday, June 13th, Brian and I will be spreading the remaining bags of manure (5-10 bags) and planting a peony bush at Glen where we lost an hydrangea bush this last winter. If you would like any of the remaining bags of manure, please let me know tomorrow morning or by email.