Success… $3,500.00 raised!

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It’s been just just over a week now and everyone who bought some perennials from our plant sale during the Concession Street Festival (and there were a lot of you) should now be enjoying the new additions to your garden. We couldn’t have done this without all of the extremely generous plant donations from neighbours, friends and family. Thank you a million times over. We had a few draws to help raise money as well.

And the winners are… (drum roll please)…

Royal Botanical Garden day passes: Michele and Lorraine
Garden Gift Basket (donated by Waterdown Seniors Group)- Kate
Flight over Niagara Falls (donated by Lizzy McFLy): Mike
Congratulations to the four of you. Enjoy your prizes and thank you for helping us Grow a Dream!
We raised $3,500.00 between an indoor plant sale, perennial sale, raffles, and online donations. Hopefully soon we’ll be able to let you all know what we bought for the Juravinski Cancer Centre.

Fill up your garden!

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I’m sure you’ve heard about the mass bee deaths and now the fate of the monarch butterflies is raising red flags. What is a homeowner to do? Plant bee and butterfly friendly gardens! If you don’t think that your little garden can help the pollinators and other ecologically important bugs, you’re wrong. At the local bee meetings I attend we are hearing that urban bee keeping may be key in keeping sustainable bee populations, and urban bees need urban gardens. The Grow a Dream plant sale is happening tomorrow at the Concession Street Festival. From 11:00am until 6:00pm come and stop by our tent and we’ll help you fill up your garden. You can feel good about helping the bees and butterflies, and you can also feel good about helping out the Juravinski Cancer Centre. Win-win! See you tomorrow.

Two Sleeps

Two sleeps until the big day… we have over two trailers full of perennials ready for your garden. Can’t wait to see you at the Concession Street Festival on June 7th from 11:00am until 6:00pm.. Don’t forget, for a minimum $10 donation you can win a flight around Niagara Falls with Lizzy McFly! Click here for details.

The kindness of strangers is a recipe for new friendships

Joan has been out and about collecting perennials from generous gardeners, and we’ve both been helping neighbours with their gardening and being rewarded with perennials for the plant sale. Joan has even been out helping people she happens to meet with their gardening. She has been on the receiving end of: “If you do my gardening, you can take what you want.” So she does, but only takes some, not too much, so that gardens remain pretty and full.

And then there are those that reply to her Kijiji ad which asks for perennial donations. Jane is one such person. She has written a beautiful post about Joan and Grow a Dream on her website. You can read the article by clicking here. Jane is also a Hamiltonian with an Etsy Shop featuring upcycled jewelry. I always love finding new Canadian shop owners on Etsy, don’t you?

Thanks to everyone who donated perennials to the Grow a Dream fundraiser! We have a whole host of plants just waiting for a new garden; maybe yours? We couldn’t do this without your support. Thank you!!! Hopefully we’ll meet some new friends and reconnect with old ones at the Festival this SATURDAY!

Gardening…

I’ve been in the garden. What have you been up to?

We are 16 days away from the fundraiser during the Concession Street Festival on June 7th. If you have been gardening, like me, maybe you’ve split some perennials and you’d like to donate them to the Grow A Dream plant sale. If you are in the Hamilton – Niagara area and you do, drop us a line at growadreamhamilton@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

 

My kid ate grass seed and edible groundcovers…

We’ve been working on fixing up our lawn which took quite a hit over the long, frigid winter. I’d prefer no grass, but with a puppy and an active, outdoor loving child, we find grass works best for us. My husband laid some new soil in the many bare patches and spread out some seed. Our daughter helped with the seed. We recently did an experiment where we grew bean seeds in different mediums (coffee grinds, soil, and vermicompost). You can see where this is going right? So, she ate some grass seed to see if it would sprout in her tummy so that she can poop out a lawn. Yep, I’m a proud mama! (Don’t worry; we had a talk about the dangers of eating things that we find outside).

And so, while we wait for our grass seed to grow and excrete… here is an awesome slideshow that highlights groundcovers that you may actually want to eat.

Breast Cancer – an awareness of a different kind

 I read a fascinating blog post this morning about breast cancer and chemotherapy. Did you know that about 8,500 breast cancer patients do not benefit from chemotherapy as part of their treatment? Not only are patients being subjected to a toxic chemical soup and all the side effects that go along with it, but are also health care cost savings. I’ve heard many chemo patients say that if their cancer comes back they will not do chemo again. That alone is enough for me to think that we should scrutinize cancer treatment protocols very closely. Here is the link to original post that got me thinking about this.