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Green Dreamers News and Our First Plant Drive

Green Dreamers News and Our First Plant Drive

Yes, it’s that time of year when the Green Dreamers share our latest news and invite you to our first ever plant drive to be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 between noon and 3:00 p.m!

The Green Dreamers are very pleased to have recently received a donation from the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association. This money will be put to good use at the Sunnyside Branch library garden. It is the largest site of the approximately twelve public and private sites along Bank Street that our volunteers tend to every spring, summer, and fall. This also includes the Firehall site and the rain gardens on Sunnyside Avenue. Without the hard work of these green thumbs you would still be driving past untended and weedy garden plots between the two bridges. Luckily for our community, four years ago David Chernushenko hatched the idea for a volunteer gardening group and the Ottawa South Community Association took it under its wing.

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Green Dreamers: Welcome to our Fifth Season!

Green Dreamers: Welcome to our Fifth Season!

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.

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Green Dreamers Update: Fri. Jul. 21, 2017 at the Library

Here are some pictures from Friday morning's (July 21st) Green Dreamer gathering at the Library. Christine & Mike secured a lovely selection of plants from Krysia's garden on Riverdale earlier in the week and with the help of fellow Green Dreamers transplanted mature succulents, lavender, and generous clumps of sedum in the once empty Bank Street planter. Needless to say, more mulch was added!

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Green Dreamers: Weekend Stalwarts

Saturday July 8th was a routine Green Dreamer garden date (we meet every Wednesday & Saturday). In the early hours of the morning however there were thunder showers with a heavy downpour.  A couple of us who were up early enough thought perhaps it would be better to cancel. The ground was soggy and the sky continued to look a little threatening. Two Green Dreamers, however, did not see our 8:00 a.m. cancellation call and met at Sunnyside & Bank. Once up and out, they saw no reason to retreat. Instead they did a little gardening. 

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Winnie & Ailsa in the garden.

Green Dreamers: July 2017 Update

We will meet at Sunnyside & Bank on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Depending on weather and numbers of Green Dreamers, we will branch out to do some transplanting and some light gardening at the Firehall and at the Hopewell School bed nearest the younger kids' playground.

On Thursday July 7th, Brian Ure and I moved some perennials from the former Hortus Urbanus garden on Glen to the bed nearest the TD building. Ailsa Francis began her work on the new Oat Couture Garden Wednesday, July 6th, and asked us to move what she is excavating. So we did! The public bed nearest the new Oat Couture garden will likely be affected by the patio design and renovations taking place. We will maintain this public bed but not plant anything new in the near future. We agree with Ailsa that the weed trees on this bed should be removed and a new tree planted. When this happens we will have to be prepared to save perennials already planted. Stay tuned. It all looks good!! 

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Hosta Rescue

Late Tuesday night on July 4th, Green Dreamer Barbara Dempsey sent an email to fellow gardeners about several hostas that needed saving on Cameron Avenue. Her neighbours, David and Michelle Chan, had advised that their long anticipated deck renovations were beginning early the next day.

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Thank You to OSCA and the Community

At the May 2017 AGM, Brenda Lee received the Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award from OSCA for over 20 years of volunteering on the OSCA Board and on the Events Committee. Brenda has been a strong supporter for events that bring the community together and has given of her time and knowledge openly and selflessly. Her contribution to the community has been felt in many ways, and the community will continue to benefit for years to come because of her efforts, and establishment of key OSCA events.

This is a transcript of her acceptance speech originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.

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