Volunteer Group helps ready gardens for Spring Tour
With a lot of 'help from our friends', the Tzu Chi Foundation, the BRG is looking good for its annual garden tour on Sunday, May 26, 2013. The West Toronto chapter, which has adopted this public gardens, spent a Sunday morning in late April weeding, cultivating, and picking up litter and the debris left by winter winds.
Here are some photos of the work party and some early spring flowers that brightened the day.
|Tzu Chi Volunteers Hosta Garden|
|660 Lakeshore Road West Bed Spring Clean-up|
The land slopes sharply down to Tecumseh Creek, in parts very steep, and that makes it difficult to work in. As well, the bed lies on either side of a guardrail; the area nearest Lakeshore Road W. is prone to damage from winter road maintenance, and year-round litter blowing in or being dropped by passersby. That the bed is adjacent to a naturalizing area means weeds and wildflowers are always trying to get a root-hold.
It's been suggested that the rather unlovely and aging guardrail be replaced with something as effective, but more in keeping with, the design of a public gardens. Currently, day lilies, chrysanthemums and tulips line the street side of the bed, and on the more protected gardens side, there are azaleas, perennials and standard hydrangeas.
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This day, about 60 members working three hours each meant 180 man hours of garden work. Other days, up to 120 volunteers have turned out, and, though the number of hours worked per volunteer is lower, the total hours is much higher.
In any event, we cannot thank them enough for their cheerful labour in a public garden, for the benefit of all who visit.
|Para Kanp with Tzu Chi Volunteers|
Under the trees in the background, rhododendrons and early-blooming azaleas have not yet come into bloom.
|Young Tzu Chi volunteer in Rose Garden BRG|
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David Culham, BRGSC Chair, also worked along with the volunteers.
Culham says, "The group shares laughter and work in equal measure. Separating into different groups, the Tzu Chi group picked up litter on the beach, and weeded the front bed as well as the new hosta bed in the East Garden.
"Another group weeded the peony bed and then turned their attention to the rose beds. More teenagers and very young children came out this year and joined in with the work.
"It is a pleasure for . . . me to share the morning in many tasks within the BRG."
|BRG Heritage Rhododendron Garden Spring Cleaning|
Earlier this spring, several large decaying trees were removed, which also opened the canopy to let the sun shine in; this should encourage even more blooms on this showcase garden.
|Early Azaleas Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens|
|Budding magnolias frame Tzu Chi Volunteers at BRG|
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Other wild plants are not as welcome, as Culham notes:
"Despite being successful over the last six years in reducing our garlic mustard in the BRG, we still have plenty. Removing it will be a big task over the next 30 days. If you can spare the time come out and help."
|Garlic Mustard (D.J. Culham photo)|
Garlic mustard, when it goes to bloom then seed, sends forth thousands of seeds. (See More Info here.) If you can help, contact David or Para (details). It's easiest to remove the plants while they are small. (A side benefit is they go well in green salads or pesto. Search for "garlic mustard recipes" and you are spoiled for choice.)
And even if you cannot attend the Annual Garden Tour from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, do come out to visit the Gardens this season.
Once the warm weather is here for good, there is always something to see in bloom. And there is much to hear; bird calls and lapping waves, the babbling brook.
And sometimes, it's just the welcome sound of silence.