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St. George Hanging Baskets

It doesn’t seem like too long ago that the Hort agreed to take on the task of assembling hanging baskets to be suspended around the cloisters of the garden close at St. George the Martyr Church, but this was actually among one of the first projects enthusiastically adopted by the Hort some twenty years ago. The original church of St. George was built in 1845, but after a disastrous fire razed it to the ground in 1955, leaving the bell tower still standing, the garden was created on that charred footprint, which is now a lovely setting for our nine hanging baskets.

It is a very rewarding afternoon project, which is reflected in the fact that I always have a full complement of eager helpers, including first-timers and seasoned stalwarts, who come for the learning, the giving and the camaraderie. I extend my thanks to the May 18th team of volunteers: Eduardo, Bill, Joan, Barbara, Karen, Marie-Noelle, Emily, Joan, Kathi, Kristy, Marilyn, Alice, Gwen, Madelaine, Maureen and daughter Katie. Our baskets are admired by thousands of visitors to the garden over the summer and our gift is very much appreciated by the church and its parishioners.

Hort members who attended our Merry May Meeting at St. George on May 26th were some of the first to see the newly planted baskets hung in place. The plants fill out nicely over the course of the summer, and often the vines trail down to skim the ground. The baskets make a spectacular statement for this lovely and tranquil enclosed garden at the southeast corner of Grange Park where the old bell tower is still a landmark. I invite everyone to enjoy this delightful oasis sometime over the summer. It is open every day and is located at 197 John Street, north of Queen, at the junction of John and Stephanie Streets.

Kathy Andrachuk, August 2014