Science World Interpretive Garden: How Our Garden Grew…

Posted on: October 9th, 2012 by Heather

Projects in Place Society, together with Science World and our build sponsor ING DIRECT, would like to thank everyone for volunteering your time and green thumbs to assist with the interpretive garden build at the new Ken Spencer Science Park at TELUS World of Science on Friday, October 5.

You inspired us with your hard work, willingness to dig in and contribute, and sense of community. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

With your assistance we accomplished our goal of planting a scented garden bed, herb and vegetable beds and a grain bed, a vertical garden in those wonderful “Woolly Pockets” made from recycled pop bottles, as well as a green roof on the storage shed and the new home of Gord, Downie, Milky and Cookie, the Science Park’s resident flock of chickens. The outdoor aeroponic growing system requires some additional work which we plan to do in the next week with the assistance of several of our volunteers who expressed an interest.

You should be very proud of your individual contribution and our collective accomplishment of helping to complete interpretive displays that will teach families about environmental stewardship and food production methods. We hope that you will use your Science World pass (thank you Science World!) to bring your family and friends to see the current exhibits and the new Ken Spencer Science Park, especially the work you did and the crops you planted. Watching three-year-olds Andrew and Arlo and the other young people who joined us on build day offered a prelude to the impact of the valuable lessons that will be provided by such exhibits.

Projects in Place would like to take the opportunity to also thank everyone we worked with at Science World in bringing the interpretive garden to life. As well, our build sponsor ING DIRECT and Team Orange. Their contribution to Projects in Place and the Science Park is just one example of their community support and commitment to building greener communities. And finally to our supporting sponsors, Salt Spring Coffee who kept us fueled for the long day, N.A.T.S. Nurseries and Horizon Landscape Contractors for the green roof (you can read more about green roofs on the N.A.T.S. website) and West Coast Seeds for the rye seeds, pansies and stylish plant markers. West Coast Seeds is also a local seller of Woolly Pockets.

Please check out the photos of the build on our website, particularly those we just posted, courtesy of photographer Jeremy Lim and ING DIRECT. Also, the article on the Vancouver is Awesome website by editor Bob Kronbauer (and Arlo’s Dad) who was also joined by his wife Katie on build day.

We hope to see you again at one of our future community builds.

Until then, thank you!
Jane MacCarthy
Projects in Place Society

 

A fabulous round of pictures from the Ken Spencer Science Park How Does Your Garden Grow Build.

Special thanks to Jeremy and ING for the amazing photos!

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