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News and updates from the Green Dreamers, a team of volunteer gardeners in the neighbourhood. Get in touch with the Green Dreamers team via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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Brian's car, a Green Dreamer's treasure chest.

Seasonal Round-up for Green Dreamers

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.

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Green Dreamers: Sat. Sept. 16, 2017

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." 

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Green Dreamers: September Schedule

As mentioned in the last Green Dreamers update, we think that our next big push might be preparing the beds for winter: cutting back, cleaning up, raking leaves, and exchanging ideas for 2018. Fall activity still seems weeks away however a lot will depend on the weather. The nights are growing cooler, the leaves are beginning to change in colour, and the last blooms of late summer are fewer. We've also noticed, by the way, that there has been some independent gardening in assigned gardens, from watering to weeding and even more transplanting. Thank you!

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Back to the Gardens!

The beds are looking very much like early September gardens: full, a little weathered, with traces of late blooms from our newly transplanted hosta, weigela, black-eyed susans, echinacea and asters; fern leaves have turned, sunflower heads are beginning to droop, seed pods bulge on brittle stems, milkweeds lean up against each other and over the curbs, bladder campion continues to multiply, creeping thistle hides in the tall grasses, plantain survives, ground ivy is plentiful, and ever so much more abounds.

We're back on: Wednesday & Saturday mornings

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