sailview–oh glorious sailview garden

Goodbye to the Sailview Sharing Garden

Sailview EGP

 

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Every garden space has its own special quality: for the Sailview Sharing Garden, I think of protector crows that dive-bombed me one harvest morning when I was there without the volunteer crew, I think of massive cauliflowers in April when the gardens were just waking up to spring, I think of volunteers rich in growing knowledge and experimental spirit. Sailview has been good to us. Sadly, we are closing the space due to a leak in the rooftop membrane (the leak wasn’t caused by our gardening efforts).

taking down our trellises

taking down our trellises

and moving the perennials to a temporary spot for winter

and moving the perennials to a temporary spot for winter

 

Sailview Sharing Garden was a wow-spot! The gardeners were masters of interplanting for beauty: I loved the purple kale squatting in front of bright tall peas and the wall of crazy-prolific cherry tomatoes that greeted you as you entered the space. Surrounded by towers on all sides, the gardeners were meticulous, knowing that this garden patch was a backyard green space for many. It inspired!

stunning lettuces

stunning lettuces

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pole bean magic

pole bean magic

cauliflower experiment: overwintering cauliflower was interplanted into the squash patch and now it looks like this! Success!

cauliflower experiment: imagine little tiny transplants amid massive squash leaves in July. Yep, overwintering cauliflower was interplanted into the squash patch and now it looks like this! Success!

But more, the volunteer gardeners really took on the project of growing intensively—and they succeeded! It was the most productive sharing gardens this season—they grew nearly 1600 pounds over the season, a mini farm for our market table at the food hub. Many folks treasured the fresh greens, herbs and the endless variety; the bounty of our volunteers’ commitment.

helping folks at the food hub

helping folks at the food hub

check out the bounty from an October food hub

check out the October bounty

early spring treasures--these were impressive!

early spring treasures–these were impressive!

grown with love

grown with love

Thank you to the whole team—as you might imagine, they were initially shocked and heartbroken over the news but within an afternoon were beginning to make plans for what comes next.

catch a glimpse of the volunteer team: Ann Pentland, Janet Moody, Clare OConnor, Claire Archibald, & Jan Fitzsimmons (hidden in the crowd here)

catch a glimpse of the volunteer team: Ann Pentland, Janet Moody, Clare OConnor, Claire Archibald, & Jan Fitzsimmons (hidden in the crowd here)

While the strata counsel has not decided what will happen next in our little urban oasis, the volunteer team has decided to carry on and create a new space together. We will keep you posted on the next new sharing garden—hoping to be ready for planting in spring 2016!

garden gnome award for an amazing crew: this little guy will be traveling to a new home soon!

garden gnome award for an amazing crew: this little guy will be traveling to a new home soon!

5 Responses to “sailview–oh glorious sailview garden”

  1. Robyn November 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    Hello I am saddened to hear of the closure of Sailview Sharing Garden, I only visited once but I loved this small but beautiful garden. I loved that it was nestled in the concrete jungle of lower Lonsdale and finding a green patch in a grey landscape is always fun for me. We need to protect spaces like these for our health and well being. I’m a volunteer for EGP but also studying to be a Nurse and daily we are taught about the economic and physical benefits of health promotion and disease prevention. Gardening, nature and exercise are all part of health promotion that I can get behind. Anyway I went off on a tangent there but to finish I look forward to seeing what the volunteers at Sailview have in mind for the future and hopefully one day soon I can give them a helping hand.

  2. emilyj November 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    That was such a fun garden to build, and a great location with an amazing team. Sad to see it go!

  3. Susan November 28, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    So long Sailview. You had an amazing team growing food in your little corner and oh my…there was abundant produce to be had. I’m sure the residents that overlooked this green patch will miss the seasonal show that the volunteers put on for them. I’m looking forward to seeing where the new Sailview gardeners will continue their magic!

  4. holly November 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    Great tribute to a beautiful garden! Snif, sad to see it go but so excited what next year will bring for the crew from Sailview.

  5. Dianne December 8, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    Boo hoo, when I think of all the hours spent digging up all the brambles to make the Sailview garden happen, it seems so sad to see it go. Hats off to the folks who strive to continue at another site !!!

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