Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Harvest Dinner Dance

The Rail Garden Committee is very excited to announce our final fundraiser of the year: the Harvest Dinner Dance at the Legion on Coxwell. It's going to be a rockin', swingin', mouthwaterin' shindig--one for the books! East-siders and folks from all over are invited to join in the merriment and support the garden. Call your friends, save the date, choose your swankiest outfit! It's going to be a real hootenanny!

Tickets available from committee members, and more locations TBA.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Autumn Work Bee

Announcing the Rail Garden's Season Closer Work Bee!

Sunday, October 14 @ The Rail Garden, 2-6pm

Come one, come all, it's time to put the garden beds to bed!

Join with your neighbours as we do a fall tidy-up, plant bulbs for the spring, and celebrate the close of an amazing first season.

We will offer favourite autumn activities for the children and provide our famous array of fabulous snacks, finishing off the day with a traditional hot dog roast.

Get ready to get your hands dirty and spend a great day with your community!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Everyday Life in a Garden

PollinationHot PepperStrawberry!Strawberry PatchSignage!Yum
Tomato NubbinsBeginningSponsorship!BasilTomato FlowersPalette Cleansing
Pretty ColoursDifferent SignageCompanionshipPrettyBasilThe Rail Garden Kitty
Still Love the SignMore Signs!

Everyday Life in a Garden, a set on Flickr.

I was wandering through the garden last weekend. Looking to see how everyday life was treating our neighbourhood gathering place.

In between chats with folks walking by or resting on the hay bales I took a couple of pictures of some of the details that make me love this place we've built.

Stakes that kids have labelled, companion plants that have been planted near to each other for protection, the first fruits and vegetables that I've seen in the community beds.

It's all just so lovely.

Although, the number of tomato plants budding right now is a great demonstration of foreshadowing for harvest season.

Perhaps a community canning/preservation program for the end of July

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Breaking bread with neighbours has never been more fun

We'd like to thank everyone who attended the Season Opener Community Dinner on Saturday. It was the first and hopefully not the last Community Dinner in the space of our new Community Garden.

Watching our friends, family and neighbours gather together in this new space to eat together was exactly what we had hoped would happen when we started on this journey.

Please contact us if you think you might want to run any community events in The Rail Garden space. We hope that more events like the one last Saturday can take place through the summer.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The first one was so much fun...

It is with great excitement that we are announcing our next Community Dinner event!  The first one was so much fun that we thought it would be an appropriate way to end our first build season.

Now that we have built the first phase of The Rail Garden we want to have more programs like Art in the Garden, School Age Planting Days and maybe some new programming for gardeners and builders.

Let us cook dinner for you AND help position The Rail Garden as an asset not only to the plot gardeners but to the entire community.

If you can't remember how much fun our last Community Dinner was, check out the pictures!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Something Beautiful

We're not the only ones working hard at the garden. Very much looking forward to a little bit more of this magic happening in our corner of the city. Watch--you won't regret it!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Compost Bin Build


Compost Bin Build, a set on Flickr.

Built in a garage on Highfield, crafted by the talented Rob and Marcel, pulled up to the garden on wagons, sitting pretty in its own little corner of the garden: the Rail Garden Compost Bin!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Planting the Garden


Planting the Garden, a set on Flickr.

Last Saturday we got together in the garden to actually start planting. Some of the Gardeners put in their plots, children started the strawberry garden and the donated plants were delivered.

It's a beautiful thing to see our garden starting to grow. You may notice as you go by over the next few weeks that the community beds are going in and expanding as the local public school classes come up to plant gardens.

We are so excited that our garden is growing now. Every day is a new addition of beauty.

A special thanks to Marc and Shannon who are the reasons that our garden is watered. Fantastic neighbours are making this garden fantastic.

Thanks to everyone for making this a reality.