DTES Respite

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It’s the season to be busy in your green spaces, to dance when it rains and to taste honey warm from the hive! Here are a few pictures from the week in the DTES, working with the wonderful folks of the neighbourhood to make beautiful spaces of respite; to take leadership roles as environmental stewards; to increase connectivity to nature and to community; and to build community pride with dignity and joy.

Woodward’s Living Wall: a few of the residents of the Woodward’s Community Housing building got together and applied for a small grant to enhance their garden space and this is a shot of Louise, after we completed a living wall together with heather, sage, lavender and thyme for the bees and the people to enjoy!

Mason Bees in June: mason bee eggs, developing in the safety of the mud walls their mothers made, on beds of nectar and pollen. A part of our Pollinator Corridor Project!

Milross Gardens: The fresh greens of a community gardener’s veggie box in the foreground, the starts of a living wall to add to the Pollinator Meadow we’ve been working on, in the background.

Hugh Bird Pollinator Garden: This community garden, cared for by residents of the Hugh Bird, is in full bloom, with colourful pollinator friendlies that we planted last year, and have returned thanks to the care they have been given.

Hastings Hanging Baskets: The East Hastings hanging baskets, from Carrall to Gore, are replanted every summer by folks from the community, members of the Hastings Folk Garden Society. We have a great time, get a tonne of thanks form the street, along with questions about what we’re planting and why and offers of help. We plant pollinator friendly perennials, and we do it because we love our neighbourhood.

Elisabeth, the First: Our first hive, Elisabeth, at the Hastings Folk Garden, in the heart of the DTES, a joy. Ian, Jim and I inspected the hive today, tasted honey and pollen warm and fresh from the hive, moving calmly in the midst of chaos.