With the active growing season of the 2016 coming to an end, the Friends of the PLOT present Don and Cora a “Bee-G Thank You Book”. The book is filled with gratitude and well wishes in words and illustrations to show the deep appreciation that is felt by those who have been touched by the incredible richness of the PLOT garden and Newton Medicine Wheel Project! Bushels and Bushels of Gratitude Don and Cora!!!!
Several “Friends of the PLOT” showed up today to help prepare the PLOT for the coming winter. A mulch of seaweed and leaves was added to the beds to discourage the weeds, and to encourage the earthworms to work their magic.
Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski, both recipients of the Order of Canada and both supporters of the garden, added their elbow grease to the work party and their lively conversation to the Sunday Picnic.
The spectacular liquidambar leaves that we gathered for mulch, yes, they do look like liquid amber in the fall sunshine, lent a festive feel to a wonderful day.
The PLOT was a big part of the “Creative City Summit” Newton Tour on Tuesday, October 18. Local and national delegates escorted by Shira Standfield, Surrey’s Civic Beautification Planner/Neighbourhood Team, were welcomed to tour the PLOT Sharing Garden and Newton Medicine Wheel. Following that, Don and Cora Li-Leger, the PLOT garden’s original visionaries, gave a brief slide talk about the project at the Newton Cultural Centre. The enthusiastic response and questions presented by the audience affirmed the inspiring nature of the project. Our hope is that these seeds will be taken home by the attendees and planted with joy and hope within their own cities and communities.
Last week a dozen or so sets of hands began collecting, packaging and labelling seeds grown in the PLOT garden. Collecting seeds from plants you have grown yourself is an indescribable feeling, a kind of mix of exhilaration and empowerment. The joy of collecting seeds in the company of friends and community multiplies this many times. Being the first year for the PLOT, it was gratifying for our volunteers to discover just how many different plants were ready for collecting. To date we have seed from over 25 different types of flowers, herbs and vegetables.