WRAP-UP FOR WELLNESS GARDEN WORK AND SILENT AUCTION
Just a little effort can go a long way when the Island community comes together to help with our project of beautifying and maintaining the BIRHC and Forest View surroundings.
This year we made great strides in adding more helpers to our Volunteer Garden group, as well as having a member arrange for the new entrance arbor, and then in turn, having these men donate their supplies and labor!! Thank you Andy and Sally Stebbins for the design,and craftsmen Ryan Smith and crew, Richie Gillespie and Ernie Martin, for our beautiful new arbor!!!! Thank you Phil Becker for restoring and perking up our picnic table and finishing the arbor ( as well as our benches). Thanks to Jim Wojan for getting us the cedar mulch this spring, felling dead trees, and mowing around the roadsides so the signage stays visible.
Sally Stebbins has redesigned Gail’s Garden and turned it into our kid-friendly garden. Sophie McDonough and Alexsis Coffell, with their moms, have assisted in maintaining Cheryl Podgorski’s Fairy Garden. It looks so cute!
And what about the Pink Garden? Jan Paul and Judi Meister are feeding our resident deer new flowers each month!! Can we ever get that pink ribbon to bloom all summer? We shall see! They have a new plan for next year. Jan also has the ever vibrant Butterfly Garden in great shape! The butterflies and hummers love you Jan.
Janice Freeman has brought the roses to life again with her special rose food and pest control. She and husband Bill have donated funds toward the purchase of the towering obelisks for our climbing roses, which have taken them to new heights.
A flowering tree and ever-blooming stella d’ora lilies have been added for Bob Banville, and the Bruce Struick rock garden is now complete, thanks to his daughters’ generous contribution. Perhaps you may have noticed the roses added to Grace Matela’s lovely spot also. Other family plantings are still in the works.
Dana D’Andraia has lovingly taken the Peace Garden to a special place! Her careful configuration of elegant white bouquets touched by a few purples and silver, have made this a stunning example of creative gardening. Thanks Dana!
Judy Jones worked tirelessly on the BIRHC South end under Wendy’s window and now we have perennials, flowering hydrangeas and spirea to admire. And don’t forget the Hollyhocks folks!!! They look like a fashion runway lineup.
Forest View has been tidied up and added to by the Andersons and Howells with Alana and Sandy working endlessly over there. It’s looking great, ladies.
Also, Betty Scoggin has rescued some new wildflowers for Elle’s walk, Sue Hawkins has been cleaning up the hedgerows, and Bruce Parker trimming and mowing every two weeks. Thank you all! Mary Jane Lawson and Nadra Johnson , thanks for joining us this summer!
Special thanks to Forest View residents Maureen Cull for giving the gnomes and fairies a fresh face in the Fairy Garden, to Diane and Rosalie for their rocks, and Glen LaFreniere for his labor.
Connie, along with her Board duties, will arrange for the fall cleanup, storage, winter decorations, and any need for damage control by weather or otherwise. She will continue to be the go-to person while we Snowbirds are gone this winter. Thank you Connie!
Lastly, we are so amazed to have our fellow Island gardener, Ken Davis, offer to create a lovely stone wall around the perimeters of our Wellness Gardens. His insistence of “no extra help” from us, other than stones donated, has made our wishes come true. Ken, we can’t thank you enough! (Future news coverage of this project to come.)
As usual, we request any fellow gardeners to consider joining us because we all believe “many hands make light work”.
Before I leave you, let us thank all these donors for our auction which will help pay for the costs this year! :
Dana and Frank D’Andraia, Bruce Struick estate, Red Oak Foundation, Island Airways, Weathervane Inn, Weathervane Restaurant, East Park Tavern, Fresh Air Aviation, Allure Salon, Amical Restaurant, Quiet Moose, Meyers Ace Hardware, Pinehill Nursery, Jan and Dave Paul, Delores Cochran, Leonor and Bruce Jacobson, Joyce Logan, BI Golf Course, Pat Rowley, Judy Jones, Mary Scholl, Jason Lome, Eve Reid, Charlevoix Ace Hardware, Sylvia Harwood, Diane Scripps, Sharon Long, Jane Early, and the Bounty Basket contributors: Pete LoDico, Alvin LaFreniere, Heidi Vigil, Deb Bousquet, Mark Engelsmann, Patrick McGinnity, Mary Ackers, Dyanne Tracey, Jackie LaFreniere, Darlene Dooley and Bruce Jacobson.
Many thanks to all of you and all the bidders and winners this year!!
Leonor Jacobson, for the Wellness Gardeners