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The Anderson Parkette Story and photos by Sean James


Anderson Bridge Parkette supports biodiversity while providing citizens with a place to relax and appreciate nature. E


very once in a while, a landscape designer gets


to create thing really special; something


to educate; something to inspire; some- thing to add beauty to the lives of the public. Anderson Bridge Parkette in Oakville was just such an opportunity. And thanks to the dogged efforts of a few it came to pass as this story shows… Through hard work and persistence,


Catherine Kavassalis, Co-president of the Oakville Horticultural


Society,


convinced her membership that a once- boring park near Oakville’s Bronte Harbour could be transformed into a work of art which could also benefit the environment. She pulled togeth- er support from several stakeholders including municipal and regional repre- sentatives and Conservation Halton, which is no small task in itself, and began the process of finding a designer to work with. Why did Mrs. Kavassalis go to such


great lengths? She writes, “In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly


localgardener.net some-


Gaillardia blooms from July to October. It’s a great plant for xeriscapes (drought-tolerant landscapes). Once established, it’s even tolerant of clay soil and bees go crazy for it.


challenged the world to take action to protect the great variety of life on our planet by safeguarding regional species diversity. With support from the Region of Halton and the Town


of Oakville, the Oakville Horticultural Society (OHS) proposed creating a new biodiverse garden in the Ander- son Bridge Parkette (corner of Forsythe and Rebecca streets) in Oakville.” She


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Photo by Juho Vaino.


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