2015 Community Planting Projects
The Community Planting Committee undertook three projects in 2015: Carleton Lodge Garden Enhancement Year 2, Grace Manor residents garden and the Byward Market Beautification Project in conjunction with the City of Ottawa. We checked in with last years projects, both of which were deemed very successful by their sponsors: the container garden at 42 Arthur St. and Carleton Lodge Rideau Village. Community Planting came forward as well for the Plant Community Centre Cleanup.
The Carleton Lodge Project involved improving a garden for locked-in patients (Goulburn Village) so it was planted as a many-senses garden. Both Carleton Lodge volunteers and OHS donated plants for the garden.
Grace Manor has a lovely garden to the west of the building for the use of the residents. Well established, it required soil enhancement and mulch as well as advice on future plans. A soil spreading morning included volunteers from Grace Manor, staff and family members of residents as well as Community Planters and two students from Algonquin. A similar mulch exercise is tentatively planned for 2016.
The Byward Market Project saw the installation of a dozen very large red planters running down both sides of George Street planted with colourful combinations of annuals and vegetables supplied by market merchants. Community Planting members designed the contents of the planters to show a vivid combination of vegetables and flowers. City volunteers and CP members planted up the containers in early July. At the end of the summer a casual inspection showed a lush growth of tomato plants having smothered the annuals but the effect was stunning nonetheless.
Seven years ago, Community Planting undertook a large two-year project to beautify the Somerset face of the Plant Community Centre along with community partners. The project was very successful, resulting in an award from the City of Ottawa and a garden worthy of the new community centre. This year, we were asked to help with the Spring cleanup as the garden and environs had gotten a bit out of hand. The group comprising current and former CP members and Plant CC volunteers fixed it up in a little more than two hours work and the community was very grateful.