How do we at Canillas Community Garden celebrate our tenth year? We plant. When Henry Homeyer, the “Gardening Guy,” offered to plant and train an espaliered apple tree, it seemed a good way to celebrate the garden’s tenth year . . . and we knew the bees would love it!
Espalier is a method of training and pruning a tree or shrub to grow flat, creating a living sculpture or fence. The art of espalier is said to have originated in the middle ages as a way to grow fruit inside the safety of castle walls.
This tree is called a “Hat Trick”. It has 3 varieties of apples: Honey Crisp, Sweet 16, and Zestar. Henry has promised to train and maintain it. Thanks Henry!
There has been an upsurge in pollinator activity in the Canillas Garden . . . and not just in the pollinator garden. Bees, butterflies, and an occasional hummingbird have been spotted everywhere.
Bee balm is popular . . here a bee and butterfly share the bounty!
The bees have voted – their favorite flower in the Pollinator Garden is lavender!
You may be wondering about several new projects happening around Canillas Garden?
One is the children’s garden, built this past weekend as a project of the Franklin Masonic Lodge in Lebanon. The young gardeners will be involved through CCBA. Coming soon will be a trellis, good soil . . . and a surprise feature in the center.
Another project is a tasting garden for children. It is a small garden at the adjacent Wechsler ball field and was created by Helen Brody and Marian Dunn. Many young children come with their families to watch ball games and Helen and Marian wanted a garden where children could see food growing and sample lettuce, a cherry tomato, a sugar snap pea or harvest a carrot. CCBA campers will soon be thinning beets and carrots here.
Also new this year is the help-yourself Neighborhood Herb Garden available to any passerby. Basil, oregano, mint, chives, thyme, sage, dill, parsley, lavender and other herbs are available to one and all. Helen Brody hopes to provide recipes to inspire folks to try a new herb. Feel free to snip! A sprig of mint for your lemonade? Chives for your baked potato? Some basil for your tomato sandwich? Help yourself!
This is our good neighbor Doug McGrath, Lebanon Facilities and Park Maintenance Foreman. Doug has offered much support to us at Canillas and is always willing to help. This Adirondack two-seater had been donated to the garden, but was broken and seemed unsalvageable. Doug worked his magic and repaired and painted it and now we have a comfortable view of the garden and the setting sun. Thank you Doug! Looking good!