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News 2013

News 2013

From the November 2013 Newsletter:

Gardens

From Rachel Weston, one of the Dufferin Grove garden club support staff: “The Dufferin Grove garden club got a grant last summer to revitalize the Garrison Creek Memorial Garden in the gully on the west side of the park (where the Garrison Creek tributary, Dennison Creek, once ran). They had a hands-on workshop, involving a discussion about Toronto’s ravine topography and the buried rivers on which much of the city has been built, as well as a planting session of moisture-loving native species in the garden. “

The gardeners planted Royal Fern, Sensitive Fern, Marginal Shield Fern, Maidenhair Fern, Turtlehead, Great Blue Lobelia, Blue Flag Iris, and American Bittersweet. Thanks to this year’s plentiful rainfall, the plants all got well-started.

The garden club is now over for the year. It will start up again when it’s time to start bedding plants in February. Everyone welcome! More information: gardens@dufferinpark.ca.


From the August 2013 Newsletter:

Drop-in garden club: Sundays from 2 to 4 and Wednesdays from 5 to 7.
Dufferin Grove Park has a variety of gardens including native plant beds, native tree groves, a little rooftop garden, and a naturalized savannah garden, as well as vegetable gardens.

The drop-in garden club helps maintain these gardens, and is open to everyone. You can join us to help out as often or seldom as you like. From spring to fall, we meet to seed, plant, compost, weed, harvest, prune, build garden beds, invent trellises, mulch, rake, build paths, and/or anything else that needs doing in the gardens. We welcome garden novices and experts alike -- the garden club is a great place to share what you know and/or pick up new tricks. You can check out the latest update for the garden club on the gardening workboard. Meetings sometimes include a delicious lunch or snack using garden produce. To find out more: gardens@dufferinpark.ca.


From the Summer 2013 Newsletter:

The gardening club at Dufferin Grove

Dufferin Grove Park has a variety of gardens including native plant beds, native tree groves, a little rooftop garden, and a naturalized savannah garden, as well as vegetable gardens. The drop-in garden club helps maintain these gardens, and is open to everyone. You can join to help out as often or seldom as you like. From spring to fall, the garden club meets to seed, plant, compost, weed, harvest, prune, build garden beds, invent trellises, mulch, rake, build paths, and/or anything else that needs doing in the gardens. They welcome garden novices and experts alike -- the garden club is a great place to share what you know and/or pick up new tricks. There are three community garden support staff at the park: Rachel Weston, Leslie Lindsay, and (back for the summer) Anna Bekerman.

On the dufferinpark.ca website there is a weekly gardening workboard, that tells what the current activities are. Here are some examples, from Rachel Weston:
Gardening this week: Hi everyone. We have been very busy in the park this week. Last Sunday we had one crew installing a climbing bean trellis, and another one building and installing a new raised bed, while yet another crew was renovating the herb garden. On Wednesday we took on the challenge of weeding the perennial garden beds in front of the rinkhouse and planting annuals there. This week we will be focusing on the south end of the park, rebuilding the pathways and weeding in the children's pollinator garden, and weeding the green roof amongst other things.

Remembering Garrison Creek Discussion and Planting Party:

We have been very fortunate to receive funding from the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto to revitalize the Garrison Creek memorial garden in the gully on the west side of the park (where the Garrison Creek tributary, Denison Creek, one of Toronto's lost rivers, once ran). This will be a hands-on workshop involving a discussion about Toronto's ravine topography and the buried rivers on which much of the city has been built as well as a planting session of moisture-loving native species in the garden.

The garden club meets Sundays from 2 to 4 and Wednesdays from 5 to 7. Meetings sometimes include a delicious lunch or snack using garden produce. To find out more: gardens@dufferinpark.ca.


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