Common Ground Community Garden Society
c/o Southwood Public Library
924 Southland Drive S.W.
Calgary, AB T2W 0J9
May 20, 2014
Ms. Joan Inwood
Managing Director Operations
Calgary Public Library Foundation
Thank you very much for the foundation’s continued support of our community garden on the west side of the Southwood Library. Encana’s ongoing financial contribution is important to our efforts at maintaining and perhaps expanding our “footprint”. At some point, we may consider the construction of 10 additional beds on the North West corner.
This is the beginning of what will be our third successful year of gardening and already several of the plots have been planted; our formal “planting day” is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, 2014. You are more than welcome to come by, meet some gardeners, and stay for coffee and snacks between 10:00 AM and noon.
Our major project this coming season is to provide a focal point for the large west-facing library windows which look out directly to the garden. It will be a combination of a table with two benches nicely sandwiched between two large planters filled with perennials and annuals. It will be a significant construction and we anticipate that this will be another attractive space that will encourage both community and library involvement. This will be a place for both relaxation and educational opportunities in the garden.
In April, we added compost to all the plots which will assist us in continuing to be able to harvest luxurious vegetable crops, herbs and flowers, some of which, last year, we were able to share with the Food Bank. This season, we hope to be able to share some of our excess with seniors in the community. During the summer, we will also be planting a small group of fruit-bearing bushes.
We want to recognize and thank the library for the outdoor space, use of the indoor meeting room, the insurance, the water supply and the support and leadership of the individuals at the Southwood Branch, particularly Miranda and Gerri. Thank you very much for this on-going opportunity.
The Common Ground Community Garden Society