Welcome to our first week with volunteers for “The Peace Tree Garden Project!” This week, we did a little of everything… clearing, weeding, transplanting, researching, conceptualising, sharing, planning, scattering seeds, planting flowers and shrubs. Lots of space for connection and conversations, interacting with and embracing life! Learning so much along the way! Each day, I feel like I am in the best school ever!
Some of the extras along the way…
– Learning from a former Biology teacher who lives here, that the live oak is actually a willow oak, probably brought and planted here by someone, perhaps in the 19th century.
– The curious pets looking out from their apartment windows, the cats wandering freely about, allowing us to love on them just a little; our first butterfly that our flowers attracted, leaning in close to look and surprisingly hearing the caterpillars munching on the leaves!
– Impromptu conversations with residents, volunteers, other staff and neighbours passing through and the treasures that were unearthed in the process.
– priceless education along the way about plants, people and life!
Weeks prior, I surveyed residents to get their input about what they’d like to see growing in the “flower” boxes, did they need or want help, particularly as some of them are disabled and low-income status.
Upcoming… clearing beds and boxes in front of all buildings for future work to be done. Wood work, bench repair, planting more, connecting with future “adopters” and keeping up with watering what we have. That’s all for now! Nicola Karesh (project manager)
Join us next Saturday, May 5th at 11 a.m. for “Conversations In The Park” in the heart of historic Rosenwald. Our monthly series for 2018 will kick off outdoors on the Mary C. Jenkins Community Center property. We are located right at the intersections of Oakdale Street, Mills Avenue and Cashiers Valley Road in Brevard, North Carolina. There is ample parking onsite and right across the street at the Silversteen playground/park parking lot.
Everyone in the community is invited to come out, youth through adults, to help with beautifying the space and to learn more about the Carver Garden Club. Once upon a time, the garden club would meet regularly at the MCJ Community Center. Bring your water, a hat and a chair if you’ve come to join the conversation. If you’re also coming to work while you fellowship, please add your garden tools! For those who are able to contribute something to plant, we would especially welcome shrubs like hostas and azaleas; ones that will last and look good for a long time.
For any little ones who join us, we hope to have our storybook walk set up at the back of the community center. It’s a beautiful space, perfect for a leisurely stroll. To tie into our outdoor, nature theme, our selected book is a picture book classic, “Miss Rumphius.” Written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, it features the story of Miss Alice Rumphius, a woman who sought to make the world a more beautiful place by scattering and planting lupine seeds in the wild. If you are local, please contact me if you’d like to volunteer to be a reader for any little ones who’d like to hear the story. We’d love to have you join us!