New Trees for Arbor Day!

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”      – Chinese Proverb

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Clint, Adam, and Jeremy/Fox Tree Service

In honor of Arbor Day (April 28) an oak and a maple tree are being planted at Canillas Community Garden. As you can see in the photo, the oak tree has a massive root ball and will likely give us shade this summer.  The maple is younger; both are an investment in the future.  The oak was donated by Canillas Garden Committee members Helen Brody and Cherry Angell, with planting help from Doug McGrath of Leb Parks and Recreation. The maple was purchased with funds from Lebanon Parks and Recreation and the Canillas Community Garden.

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Cherry and Helen (and Rudy) with Adam of Fox Tree.

Thank you Helen and Cherry for the gift of this wonderful tree!

Our Arbor Day celebration will be Friday, April 28th at Noon in the garden.

Light refreshments will be served.

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New Pollinator Garden!




Pat and Polly

Do you know we depend on pollinators for much of our food? There has been a nationwide call to create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America. Locally, the Upper Valley Pollinators  have a goal of 100 new pollinator gardens in our area.  Canillas gardener Suzanne Church recently posed the suggestion that Canillas Community Garden develop a pollinator garden to attract and support pollinators and to educate visitors to the garden on the importance of pollinators. Our spiral flower garden already attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds .  .  .  might we heighten the attraction to our garden with native pollinators?  Today, Lihlani, Polly, Pat, and Suzanne dug up the sod under the Canillas Community Garden sign .  .  . not an easy task in this hard-packed, rocky soil! The plan is to plant sunflowers, echinacea, bee balm, New England asters, butterfly weed, and other flowers, and provide signage designating this as a pollinator garden. There is a possibility that this project might expand eventually to the rail trail – planting milkweed and other flowers to create a butterfly corridor? If you are interested in helping with this project, let us know!

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New Beds in Place

Thanks to Canillas gardeners Delaina and Keith Carlson, our new beds are now in place!



Keith and friends hefting new beds into place. Many thanks!


Mission accomplished!

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Replacing Raised Beds


Mounding Soil in Middle of Old Bed

Some of our raised beds have deteriorated and need to be replaced. Long-time Canillas gardener and volunteer, Liz Bickel, offered to pay a carpenter to replace the three most-deteriorated beds. We had thought we’d have to dig out all the soil, but Doug McGrath, of Leb Parks and Rec, suggested mounding the soil in the middle, removing the rotted boards, and putting the new beds in place. Such a labor-saving idea! Today’s volunteer crew were able to mound the soil and take away the rotten boards, but are looking for a younger, stronger team to put the new beds in place – they are heavy!  Liz, thanks for these gifts to the garden!


Stack of Three New Beds

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Thanks to Polly!



Belated thanks to Polly Gould for the beautiful wreath she crafted for the garden shed!

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Mosaic Birdbath


Little did we know, when we first dug into the Canillas Community Garden back in 2009, that the site had been a “bottle dump” in the late 1800s. The soil was filled with glass and pottery shards, medicine bottles, old farming implements and other rubbish. (No plastic!)  The pottery and glass sparked our imaginations: what might we create with all these shards? This past summer, seven years later, when the basin of the bird bath had deteriorated and red algae contaminated the water, we knew what needed to be done. . . mosaic!  A fun project for Polly and Pat!

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New Benches!


Canillas Garden Committee member, Cherry Angell, has purchased two benches for our garden, in memory of her late husband Norman Angell. They are lovely and comfortable and will be much used and appreciated!

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