Giving Garden

by Michelle McEvoy

The Giving Garden celebrates its 10th year this summer. You’ve likely seen the sign located on County Road 43 across from Creekside Mall in Kemptville. Or perhaps you’ve walked your dog, or shared a picnic with a friend there. How many times have you wondered what it’s really all about?

It is a place where everything that grows is a gift. When the harvest is ready, it should be given. It can be harvested by anyone, and given to anyone, and is best received in an act of unconditional giving. That’s right, pick some flowers for a relative in hospital, or make a batch of salsa to surprise a friend, or take a handful of veggies to a new neighbour.

The Giving Garden is run on the fuel of community members. We have enjoyed the generous support from the Ferguson Forestry Centre and the Municipality of North Grenville. We are always in need of volunteers to help maintain the Giving Garden. In July and August, volunteers gather in the mornings for ‘Weedless Wednesdays’, to spend whatever time they can give to maintain the Garden. We invite everyone to come out and help on Planting Day this year, Saturday, June 1, at 9 am at the Garden. We’d love to see you out. Bring your hat and gardening gloves. “Many hands make light work.”

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