As a follow-up to May's meeting, here's a list of volunteers who adopted: (1) specific garden beds between the bridges along Bank Street and (2) the rain gardens on Sunnyside Avenue.
The semi-annual work on the greenspace in our community at Canal Woods Terrace (formerly Bronson Place) and Sunnyside Avenue is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2018 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Three things are being done.
Since May 4th proved to be too wet to work outside, the Green Dreamers (GDs) decided to meet inside to discuss this year's gardening activities and strategies. Listed below are some of the topics discussed, followed by progress on some of the same topics since then.
Topics Discussed on May 4, 2018
- Launch Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Firehall 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Brewer Park Community Garden will be hosting a seedling sale on the May long weekend! Please stop by the garden (located in Brewer Park across from the arena) to buy some seedlings and say hello! We will have tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), leeks, and basil for sale at very reasonable prices. All proceeds will go towards the maintenance of our amazing biodome structure, which allows us to extend the growing season into the spring and fall.
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.
The rain gardens installed by the City of Ottawa on Sunnyside Avenue between Bronson and Bank are under private contract until July 1st, 2016. The contractor is responsible for plant maintenance and watering. Once the contractor is finished the City will follow up with those members of the community who have volunteered to oversee their care. This follow-up will likely happen in cooperation with the Green Dreamers.
Recent articles have drawn attention to the unattractive trees and gardens on Bank Street in Old Ottawa South and have raised the question — whose job is it to remedy this situation?
The Old Ottawa South Traffic and Safety Committee, chaired by Winnie Pietrykowski, has also asked that question. The Traffic Committee, in addition to following up on the OOS Traffic Survey with the City officials and sitting on the Lansdowne Traffic Monitoring Operations Committee (LTMOC) has acted on the notion that greener streets can play a role in encouraging more respectful and safe driving by those passing through our community. In this regard, a member of the Traffic Committee has become engaged with the Sunnyside Avenue Traffic Calming and Green Streets Project.
May 11th Tree Planting
We will be doing another tree-planting starting at 9am on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The focus will be planting red and white crabapple trees along Bronson, making for a lovely (and patriotic!) visual effect along this stretch. Noel Lomer has tracked down a great deal on 4-foot crabapples. We'll also be doing a general cleanup of the area, which is a mess of litter. The media has already shown interest in the tree-planting project (the Ottawa Sun has covered our efforts here, and Declan's contacts at the Ottawa Citizen are also interested), so there should be media coverage of the event. We will also do some tree-planting at the green space at Woodbine and Carlyle. It would be great to have a really strong turnout for this!