GARDENER, ST JAMES
For the last four years I have been writing the gardening
column for the Free Press. Having a nice yard and a nice
garden really has enhanced my lifestyle. I spent a lot
of time out there. It's good exercise, it's very restful
There's so many fragrances...there's things
you just want to reach out and touch. I enjoy my surroundings.
have any desire for a cottage and I really don't have a desire
to travel any more. I love to get out there as soon as the
sun comes up...and it's all a sense of peaceful calm.
is an exercise in optimism.
Sometimes, it is a triumph of hope over experience.
- Marina Schinz
I think that gardening opens
up our own personal barriers because it gives us something
in common with a stranger.
It's actually brought me together with a lot of my neighbours,
they have a reason to stop and talk to me.
I think the whole community gardening thing took off particularly
on Ethelbert is because that is a little neighbourhood to
itself. Really what they've done is made themselves be felt
as very special. And rightly so, it's a special area of Winnipeg.
There is more pleasure
making a garden
Than in contemplating a paradise.
- Anne Scott-James
At the front there was nothing, just grass and I decided
to plant on the boulevard that's how it came to be. Everybody
started digging the boulevard and planting perennials. Now
as you can see the boulevard is looking really nice. Ethelbert
is the best street in the city. Also gardening has brought
us together, the whole neighbourhood.
The clavia, I have a clavia, and oh I love that plant. The
blooms are orange, bright orange. They are just spectacular.
You plant whatever you like and if it survives it survives.
Winnipeg gardeners should be patient and not afraid to keep
on trying... even plants that are too tender for here.
When I go to work in the morning I will look at them. My
husband thinks I am crazy because I talk to them too. See
you later. I don't say see you later to my husband but
to my plants. It makes me feel really good and relaxed.
To cultivate a garden is to
walk with God.
- Christain Nestell Bovee
GARDENER, FORT GARRY
My garden is woodland garden; it tries to mimic what you
would find in a boreal forest -various elevations a sunken
area rather than one flat plain. And over time I have evolved,
created this little paradise retreat for myself my family
Gardening is critical to my well being. In fact during my
time in the church as a minister, it was a place of rejuvenation
of my soul. It is a place of tranquillity and peace. Walking
in the garden gives me excitement, joy, enthusiasm for life,
connects me, grounds me. To walk in the garden is just a
I think gardening is relational it's connecting us to the
earth. A garden is a place where the human soul and the
earth connect. I discovered my artist's soul in the garden.
It's a place where human creativity finds expression in
the earth - that's a garden.
The plant right now that is in bloom is called meadow sweet...
it has this beautiful pink puffy kind of bloom and it's just
so delicate and yet so vibrant in colour. I tell people plants
are like people. The most important growth is the growth
you don't see, the roots.
A garden is a love song, a duet
Between a human being and Mother Nature.
- Jeff Cox
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