Old Ottawa South Community Association

Green Dreamers: Welcome to our Fifth Season!

Green Dreamers: Welcome to our Fifth Season!

Yes, we’re back! So, if you see us in the neighbourhood wave, stop for a chat, share some of your gardening insights and suggestions. We are always delighted to see and hear from you. It’s why we garden in Old Ottawa South's public spaces; aside, that is, from the intrinsic rewards of gardening itself.

Spring 2018 begins our fifth season tending public beds along Bank Street and Sunnyside Avenue. And with the passing of winter we are preparing to rethink and “rejig” how we work as volunteer gardeners. So, if you have an opinion or some ideas about how we might do things differently, we’d like to hear from you.

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Annual Garden Supply Sale Fundraiser

Annual Garden Supply Sale Fundraiser

Think spring! The 17th Ottawa Southminster Scout Group's Annual Garden Supply Sale is now on. Boys and girls of all ages from our community participate in Scouting, supported by many adult volunteers. By ordering from us you make it possible to deliver challenging youth programs and to go on adventures!

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If You Build It They Will Come

If You Build It They Will Come

The Windsor ice rink is a central feature of Windsor Park from December to March. It’s a special privilege that we have in Old Ottawa South, and is used by hockey players and skaters from across the city.

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Ali, Emad, and Ghassan reunited with their mother, Sawsan, and sister, Sara.

Three Brothers and a Baby! OSCRS Unites Families

Members of the Ottawa South Committee for Refugee Sponsorship (OSCRS) hosted a welcome party for brothers: Ali, Emad, and Ghassan on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Joining them was their mother, Sawsan, and sister Sara. Sawsan beams, recollecting how much it means to have her three sons by her side. Based on her looks of pure joy, it’s easy to see how delighted she is to be with her sons again.

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Next Bridge-to-Bridge Project Planting: October 7, 2017

It’s the job of all of us to promote peace, beauty, and to leave the world better than we found it.

That is the ideal of the Bridge-to-Bridge Project. The idea is to grow a forest that can protect our community from the smog and sounds of the traffic on the six-lane monstrosity that has become Bronson Avenue. 

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Green Dreamers Update: Fri. Jul. 21, 2017 at the Library

Here are some pictures from Friday morning's (July 21st) Green Dreamer gathering at the Library. Christine & Mike secured a lovely selection of plants from Krysia's garden on Riverdale earlier in the week and with the help of fellow Green Dreamers transplanted mature succulents, lavender, and generous clumps of sedum in the once empty Bank Street planter. Needless to say, more mulch was added!

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Green Dreamers: Weekend Stalwarts

Saturday July 8th was a routine Green Dreamer garden date (we meet every Wednesday & Saturday). In the early hours of the morning however there were thunder showers with a heavy downpour.  A couple of us who were up early enough thought perhaps it would be better to cancel. The ground was soggy and the sky continued to look a little threatening. Two Green Dreamers, however, did not see our 8:00 a.m. cancellation call and met at Sunnyside & Bank. Once up and out, they saw no reason to retreat. Instead they did a little gardening. 

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Winnie & Ailsa in the garden.

Green Dreamers: July 2017 Update

We will meet at Sunnyside & Bank on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Depending on weather and numbers of Green Dreamers, we will branch out to do some transplanting and some light gardening at the Firehall and at the Hopewell School bed nearest the younger kids' playground.

On Thursday July 7th, Brian Ure and I moved some perennials from the former Hortus Urbanus garden on Glen to the bed nearest the TD building. Ailsa Francis began her work on the new Oat Couture Garden Wednesday, July 6th, and asked us to move what she is excavating. So we did! The public bed nearest the new Oat Couture garden will likely be affected by the patio design and renovations taking place. We will maintain this public bed but not plant anything new in the near future. We agree with Ailsa that the weed trees on this bed should be removed and a new tree planted. When this happens we will have to be prepared to save perennials already planted. Stay tuned. It all looks good!! 

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