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The garden uses native plants and sustainable land- scaping to provide citizens with a place to relax and appreciate nature.


Ensuring the garden is beautiful helps show that eco doesn’t have to be a sacrifice.


continues… “But we needed a design- er experienced with native plants and sustainable landscaping. In walked Fern Ridge Landscaping & Eco-Consulting. They crafted a state-of-the-art, water- wise garden that blooms from spring to fall, with a permeable pathway. Under their guidance, volunteers from the OHS have created a ‘Garden for Life’ providing year-round beauty for area residents while supporting pollinators and area wildlife. We are proud of this evolving garden and welcome all to come and enjoy this special space.” It’s fairly easy to get folks out to help build a garden since


everyone likes


‘creating’. It’s comparatively difficult to get a group of volunteers to weed and water a garden through that crucial first year, but


the Oakville Horticultural


Society members have done an amazing job. Now, the garden is a showpiece in the community. The Town of Oakville has generously delivered water to barrels on the site so members can water the new plantings. (There’s a great irony to drought-tolerant plantings in that they need more water for the first year of establishment than ‘traditional’ gardens.) Keeping in mind that every garden is an evolving proposition, the garden is now finally able, more or less, to stand on its own. Was the garden a success?


According to Mrs. Kavassalis, "The Using a public space to teach people the value of gardens that support biodiversity. 24 • Beautiful Gardens 2015


garden now contains over 50 plant species native to North America. In the spring, painted lady butterflies flock


localgardener.net


Photo by Juho Vaino.


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