By Cheryl Harrison, Master Gardener
Canadians love to garden! 2022 is the Canadian ornamental sector’s centennial and has been declared by the Canadian Garden Council as the Year of the Garden. For more information, check Year of the Garden.
Our gardens became even more important to us over the last couple of years while we were sheltering at home due to the covid pandemic. 2022 is a year for us to share our gardening passion and knowledge. It is the mission of the Peterborough and Area Master Gardeners to inform, educate and inspire the residents of Peterborough and area to create healthy and vibrant gardens, landscapes and communities through the use of safe, effective, proven and sustainable horticultural practices. Peterborough has even declared itself as a garden-friendly city as part of the Year of the Garden festivities!
So, think how you can “live the garden life” … maybe consider gardening indoors with house plants, or in containers on your balcony or create a new garden in your yard. You could join your local Horticultural Society to learn more about plants and then perhaps become more involved in the community. Your next step might be to become a Master Gardener!
The Peterborough and Area Master Gardeners will celebrate the Year of the Garden by partnering with the Peterborough Public Library to renovate the gardens around their Aylmer Street building. The gardens had originally been planted with invasive plants. We will remove the invasives and replace them with native plants from Grow Wild, Native Plant Nursery. The Peterborough Kawartha Association of Realtors (PKAR) are providing some much needed sponsorship funding for the project. We are planning to involve the younger crowd in some of the planting along with our great group of adult volunteers. We hope that, with some growing time, the gardens will become a haven with native plants and local pollinators and a beautiful spot for human visitors to rest.
June 18/2022 has been designated as the Year of the Garden day in Peterborough. The opening of the newly planted gardens at the Peterborough Public Library will be on that date from 10 until 2 pm. There will also be a story walk for children, a Master Gardener advice table and more. Another great event happening that day is the Peterborough Horticultural Society’s garden tour. Tickets will be on sale soon for the tour. Follow the Peterborough Master Gardeners and the Peterborough Horticultural Association on social media for more information.