Down & Dirty – The Volunteer Gardens
By Karen Ditoro—Chair, Volunteer Gardens Committee
Hello all. Thank you to all members, old and new, who came out last year to work on our volunteer gardens. Countless hours have been spent on the time consuming but ultimately rewarding tasks of weeding, trimming, water-ing, planting, mulching and finally, putting the gardens to bed. It has been a pleasure working alongside everyone!
MDHS maintains gardens at Allendale Long Term Care, Milton Main Library, and Deborah’s Home. In addition, we do one-time projects such as the tulip planting at Victoria Park to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The gardens, founded and designed by Society members, are an attraction for Milton residents and visitors alike. Even though the Society no longer maintains the Millennium Garden at the Milton Visitors Center and Town Hall Garden, they are beautiful examples of stunning, mature gardens that welcome people to Milton.
Please consider joining us in 2019. Our season begins in April/May (weather permitting) with the opening of the gardens and concludes in October/November with putting them to bed. Everyone, from novice to experienced gardener, is welcome to join us for a variety of activities including weeding, planting, pruning and mulching. There are a variety of ways to help; work-days, two-week maintenance, or on-call. The work days are a mix of teach-ing and doing and we try to schedule these activities for a time when most people are available. This year we are adding teaching seminars, where we will discuss plant ID, tools, and different gardening tech-niques. We will also be having prize giveaways at various times throughout the season.
Signups begin in February/March at the monthly meetings or contact us . As Jennifer always says, “Many hands make light work”. See you in the garden!