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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Spring Fling

The big red A at Victoria Drive and Hull was even more lively than usual on Saturday May 23, as the Cedar Cottage Garden launched its annual Spring Fling fundraiser.

Cease Wyss, a member of the Skxwu7mesh and Sto:lo Nations and an active participant in the garden, opened the event with a traditional song of welcome.

Visitors were invited to tour the garden accompanied by Jill Dalton, who pointed out over-wintered spinach with leaves as big as your head and red clover brighter than a Pantone colour. Local musicians played on the plaza stage. Faune fired up audience creativity with a poetry contest. A friend bought several tomato plants at the plant sale and there were kids activities too, like the simple art of chaining daisies.

It's hard to imagine that just over a year ago this vibrant green community space was a place of trepidation; hidden from the road and littered with trash and needles. New garden plots have just been built, bringing the total to 59. Contact us if you live in the neighbourhood and need a place to grow!

Pictured from top left going clock-wise: Cease Wyss, garden plot, Whitney Peterson of the band Soft Serve, a young gardener, Spring Fling MC: Leslie Kemp a garden member, Jil Dalton, salad greens, the new beds and young apple tree, red clover. Centre: the big red A, gateway to the garden.

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