Despite not being able to visit inside the library this summer, we've all certainly enjoyed the outside yard, thanks to hard work of the Green Dreamers. Here's a few snapshots of volunteers from the Green Dreamers putting the garden to bed for the winter. 'Til next year!
Well the autumn leaves are tumbling down and the weather is turning colder both day and night now. Our 15 garden beds, after a summer of glorious sun and intermittent rain fared very well after a slow, dry start in July. Because of COVID, our volunteer group of eleven dedicated gardeners were delayed in starting this spring because of the City’s restrictions on community ornamental gardening. Green Dreamers took our direction from the City’s Adopt-a-Road Program about the start-up date after lockdown.
The volunteers of the Bridge to Bridge community reforestation project will be planting a limited number of trees and doing clean up maintenance this weekend on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 9 am. We will meet along Canal Woods Terrace at the bottom of Aylmer Avenue. We have a small number of trees to plant, and maintenance – pruning and cleaning up around the base of the trees – on many of our grown trees. So please bring shovels, pruning shears, and pruning saws if you have them. Gardening gloves are also a good idea. Feel free to bring your kids to help out and learn about trees.
Our team of local volunteer gardeners needs to replenish the ten city plant beds we care for on Bank Street between the bridges, and on Sunnyside Avenue. Because our limited budget has been strained due to COVID-19, we cannot cover the cost of new plants so would appreciate your help.
The Green Dreamers will be collecting plant donations on Saturday, September 26,2020 from 9 am to noon at the Firehall.
Gardening Restart June 22, 2020
Wouldn’t you know it as soon as I wrote the last update we got the word from the city Adopt-a-Road program manager that we could restart gardening respecting physical distance, wearing gardening gloves of course and having no more than 10 people at the bed at any one time.
Our local gardening group has had an unusually easy beginning this spring season with the Covid outbreak. My spouse Mike and I took over the job of coordinating this group which was so ably done by Winnie Pietrykowski and Brian Ure for the last four years.
Old Ottawa South's Trinity Anglican Church recently received a federal "New Horizons for Seniors" grant. With this grant - and in response to the restrictions experienced by seniors during the COVID pandemic - Trinity Anglican Church has created a new program called "Reaching Seniors in Old Ottawa South" (RSOOS). RSOOS is a partnership of professionals, local organizations, and volunteers, that is part of the Trinity Anglican Church neighbourhood hub. One of the first initiatives to come out of this RSOOS is a meal delivery program.
A name, a Facebook page, an Earth Day event – slowly, but with great enthusiasm, our neighbourhood environment group is taking shape.