Bees LOVE Lavender!


The bees have voted – their favorite flower in the Pollinator Garden is lavender!

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New Projects around Canillas Garden

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.


(Interesting history of the Masonic Lodge in Lebanon)





TastingGardenAnother 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!

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Soil Health Principles


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Refurbished Seating in the Garden


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!

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Six New Beds in Place!

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Thanks to all who showed up to help move the new beds into place. We had “weightlifters” Joanna and Craig from CCBA, as well as Michael, Eph, Cherry, Liz, Polly, and Pat  . . . and was it ever cold! The mounded soil, which had been soft two days ago, was frozen . . .  and so were we. Next step is to stick rocks in the gaps between the bottom of the beds and the ground so soil does not leak out in the next rainfall

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What’s Happening?


There’s still snow on many of the beds and the ground is a soggy mess, but good things are happening in the garden.  Thanks to a donation by Liz Bickell and Cherry Angell, six new raised beds have been built to replace deteriorated ones. Once the soil has thawed,  we will pry apart the rotted lumber on the six most-needy beds, and install the new ones.  (We will need some volunteer muscle power getting those new beds in place. They are heavy!) This will take time. We will not be assigning beds to new gardeners until this job is accomplished; returning gardeners will have to wait to plant as well.  In the meantime, gardeners can check the Planning/Planting info here on our web site.  Sweet dreams!

Liz Bickel and Cherry Angell

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