There is a little corner in Port Coquitlam that has been undergoing a revitalization. Last year myself and another Heritage Society volunteer took to this neglected bed tucked between an apartment building and the society’s display centre on Mary Hill rd and started the hard work of digging out the grass and weed that had overtaken it. We planted a few things, some hostas, purple echinacea and a few other bits and bobs.
This spring the work on the garden started much sooner. At home I’d been splitting perennials and digging up volunteer plants. Over at the heritage garden, I was weeding, digging and cleaning up litter.
Then inspiration struck, in the form of a free plant! Just outside my son’s preschool a neighbor had removed a deciduous azalea during a drainage project the previous fall. There it sat through winter, waiting for someone to figure out what to do with it next. With spring came a flush of new green leaves on the shrub. With a project underway that required the kindness of the community to really get going, I knew just what I had to do. I knocked on their door and asked if they were trying to get rid of it, and if they’d like me to help that along. They were, and they happily agreed to donate the mature shrub to the heritage garden. I love it when a plan comes together!
I was amassing quite a collection of plants to go into the garden this spring. My driveway was looked like a plant sale gone awry. With the help of my husband we added the azalea to that pile. It was awesome. I had grasses at the ready, a pot of daylilies donated by another helpful local gardener, and near half a dozen pots of Sedum acre‘Aureum’ from my garden. It was almost time to get planting. All we needed was soil.
The city of Port Coquitlam really stepped up and helped us out by donating a yard of leaf compost and soil to the garden. A big help while I was digging all of these plants in!
There’s still a lot more work to do, but the benefits of all of this work will be seen shortly, as the perennials and hosta’s that fill this garden break dormancy and add some much needed colour and texture to this hidden garden!
Stay tuned for updates!