Members of the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society planted more than 300 perennials recently in their new Signature Garden outside the community hub on Richmond Street in Amherstburg.
I was happy to help out and learn a new phrase — 'Plant it high, or it will die' — and I'm excited to watch this incredible garden burst into life. The love and passion this crew has for gardening is something special and I love the slogan on those T-Shirts: 'Keep Calm and Garden On.'
Hort Society President Linda Jackson said the garden would serve as a pollinator garden, attracting birds, butterflies and humming birds. The garden includes asclepia tuberosa (butterfly weed), corus florida (dogwood) and callicarpa (beautyberry).
The project cost about $7,000, with $5,000 coming in the form of a donation from the Amherstburg Community Foundation.
The society will maintain the garden going forward and is looking for volunteers to help out at 6 p.m. tomorrow — Monday, Oct. 5.
Volunteers will be applying the last transplant application before the new garden is put to bed for the season. New members are always welcome. Participants are asked to bring a watering can if possible.
Below are some pictures from the planting event: