Jared and I went down to the Park today. For those of you far away, here is a video about the park that we are speaking about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbMdBEV9EDM
Heather Sterling the Park gardener, (I call her the GARDEN LADY), took Jared and I on a tour of the park through her eyes. So many plants are edible there now. She has planted three mulberry bushes honoring the Japanese pioneers.
Taken the original wild strawberries from the orchard and planted them near the rose garden. You will have to listen to the conversation we had about it.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cdgood/2010/04/23/education-and-sustainability-1 I would love to illustrate a walking guide to the park through her eyes.
We were driven in the back of her truck to the grotto.( a silo like structure with a cross on top= Mission's symbol) She took us into the grotto turning off the alarm. The pews and floors were covered in bugs. Flies mostly, but bees and hornets and ladybugs from white to red. They were thick candles and marble table. Crunch crunch under our feet. She adds them to the rose garden for nutrition as well. This composting idea took four years for it to be approved of and we witnessed it! How fortunate to be able to follow a whim and have it take us to such a destination.
http://www.heritagepark-mission.ca/stmary.html Here is a link to learn more about the painful history of this park and understand the significance of restoring the original orchard. Bringing up the pain to be healed is part of the work of this new eight month Diamond cycle ending Nov 1.