Profile: Parkview Neighbourhood Garden

Profile: Parkview Neighbourhood Garden

Parkview Neighbourhood Garden is celebrating its 10th anniversary this September.

The volunteer-run and operated community garden, located at 34 Parkview Ave., was first conceptualized in 2008 through a community meeting, where the decision was made to lay the foundation for the soon-to-be neighbourhood garden in the vacant city lot next to the historic John McKenzie House, home to the Ontario Historical Society. John supported the garden from the start and was integral to the garden’s expansion in 2014.

The success of Parkview Neighbourhood Garden hasn’t been without its challenges, including a cold, wet spring that resulted in some seeds that didn’t sprout as expected and the need to reseed in certain areas. There is also the issue of needing extra hands to help in the summer months with weed removal, and in the fall to help support the harvest.

Parkview Neighbourhood Garden’s community of dedicated volunteers continues to grow with a new generation of gardeners prepared to roll-up their sleeves and make a difference. This year, a new crop of volunteers have made their way to the garden from public and private high schools, universities and colleges. Additionally, a group of local seniors from Canterbury Residence have joined the team to share their gardening knowledge and skills.

In a move to make the garden more accessible and productive, the leadership team applied to and received a $1,000 award from the horticultural trade association, Landscape Ontario. The funding will go towards helping to improve garden safety and soil quality, and the purchase of plant markers.

In celebration of a decade of success, visit Parkview Neighbourhood Garden on Saturday, September 21 at 11:30 a.m. for light refreshments.

New volunteers are welcome to join at any time. No experience required. For more information, please visit www.parkviewneighbourhoodgarden.org

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