Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Evergreen Garden Market: February Meeting

Aaron Harpell is all smiles when he refers to "one of the coolest workplaces in the entire city."  He's talking about the Evergreen Brick Works and specifically the Evergreen Garden Market.

Evergreen's most basic vision, says Harpell, is to get people connected to nature. The Garden Market is a great starting place. Harpell is the Operations Manager of the retail garden centre and can barely contain his excitement as he looks forward to spring.

The Garden Market will be carrying 75 varieties of heirloom tomato varieties and 30 types of basil. And that's just for starters.  In keeping with Evergreen's vision of sustainability, all the plants will come in cow pots, made of sterilized and compressed cow poop.  You can put your plants and the pots right into the ground. As Harpell puts it, "no muss, no fuss, no waste."

Evergreen encourages gardeners to try native plants in their gardens. You've probably got a few growing in your garden already (purple coneflowers, black-eyed susan, joe pye-weed, red osier or pagdoa dogwood.) To help you explore all the options, check out The Evergreen Native Plant Database. You'll find information on native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, aquatic and vine species for all of Canada.

Eastern Redbud is an exceptional native tree

The Evergreen Brick Works grounds are open year round, and there's always something fun going on like a farmers' market, bird counting, skating, bike clinics or more. Plan your visit here. Watch for the Garden Market to open seven days a week starting in April.

Harpell, who says his wife sometimes has to remind him to come home from work, shares a few words that sum up the Evergreen philosophy:

"No plot is too small  to sow the seeds of change."