" Gardens, scholars say, are the
first sign of commitment to community. "
One morning we woke to find a sign planted in our yard and a message in our mailbox:
"On behalf of Strathcona in Bloom, congratulations on being nominated for our Front Yard Recognition Program and thank you for working so hard to make our community even more beautiful. In this challenging season we find ourselves in, it is uplifting to see beautiful spaces making a positive impact around our community and we believe it is part of our healing journey going forward."
Strathcona in Bloom, a member of Communities in Bloom for the past 20 years, has worked to beautify our community through the joint efforts of its volunteers, local businesses, and the municipality.
Unbeknownst to us, it was our neighbour three doors down who nominated our garden for the community's annual Strathcona in Bloom Front Yard Recognition. As you can imagine, we were thrilled. It's lovely to think that your neighbours notice. Of course we don't garden for recognition, but we love to think that our yard gives pleasure to the folks who live around us or who walk by with their kids or dogs in tow.
It doesn't stop there - there's more.
|Photo from Strathcona in Bloom site|
A few days later, we received a letter telling us that from over 600 nominations this summer, our front yard was selected as one of the top ten Featured Yard 2020. Oh my!
"Your yard has been chosen to represent your area . . . because of its outstanding contribution to the beauty of your street, the uniqueness that catches the eye, the tidy and well-kept appearance, the use of colour and texture and the overall "wow" factor."
Judges have been coming round to look more closely, taking photos because now five semi-finalist yards are to be selected. The community, including family and friends, are invited to share in the excitement by voting for their favourites online. By the time you read this, the voting for this round will be over. Still, if interested, you can catch a glimpse of the ten featured yards by clicking HERE. Our yard is G.
We're not worried about what happens next. We were thrilled to be nominated, but we truly aren't anticipating our little yard to be among the top winners - there are some lovely, lovely yards in our community. Still, the flurry of excitement has certainly given our quiet lives something to focus on besides Covid-19 and unruly world events. So, we wait for the next round - just in case (wink). We'll keep you posted.
When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy,
there is always the garden.
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Wishing you a beautiful weekend.