Herbal Tea Chains

Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Lori Weidehammer led us in a herbal tea chain workshop where participants learned to identify health-giving herbs, dried fruits and spices. While enjoying the pleasure of each others company, community members created herbal tea chains to take home to make their own infusions.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Planting garlic and botanical drawing




We planted garlic in the herb garden today with a group of grade one students from Moberly Elementary School. They learnt about the properites of garlic as an addition to flavor in food and in bread! We made garlic bread and enjoyed it as a snack.
While half the class planted the garlic, the others worked on botanical drawings of leaves from the garden. They learnt about contour drawing and how to draw only what you see!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Vancouver Master Gardener-The Healing Garden Committee

Common Name: Hardy Rosemary
Botanical Name: Rosemary officinalis ‘Arp’



Description:
An evergreen upright shrub with strongly fragrant needle-like leaves.
Bright blue flowers bloom from spring through summer.
Harvest sprigs for culinary use, in the growing season

Growing Conditions:
Prefers full sun in well drained soil.
Moderate growing to 6’ tall, 2 to 4’ wide.
Attributes: Cold hardy, evergreen, drought tolerant, fragrant, spring and summer flowering, deer resistant, easy care.

Maintenance:
Drought tolerant but will require regular watering during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.
Shear annually to shape for a tidy neat appearance.
Takes well to pruning.

Moberly is most fortunate to have partnered with The Healing Committee(who are master gardeners) in this long term project. This committee has taken it upon themselves to create a maintenance manual. This manual will record each an every plant in the Moberly Herb Garden in the format as seen aboove. In this way, stewardship can continue without the originator being on site. It provides a tool for greater agency towards stewardship with this garden.

The Role of the Master Gardener on the Healing Garden Committee
To varying degrees Master Gardeners assist with the design, installation and maintenance of Healing Gardens.
The Master Gardeners may assist in the design of Healing Gardens, conducting research into specific design ideas, planting materials and planting plans.
Master Gardeners may assist with or supervise the installation of design ideas and planting materials within a Healing Garden
Master Gardeners may be involved with the ongoing maintenance of the Healing Gardens. Tasks could include:
- The creation of a plant maintenance program/binder
- Presentations/lectures on plant maintenance to community members
maintaining the gardens
- Assist/give practical demonstrations/work along side community members while
maintaining the gardens

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cultivating Connections


The herb garden is being developed as a long term project/ program called CULTIVATING CONNECTIONS- at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre. Please look for workshops beginning February 2010 on this blog and for more information: http://www.mysunset.net/macc.htm

In the middle of October we will be planting winter garlic with a group of students from the neighbouring school, Moberly Elementary. We will keep you updated on all activities on the blog- so follow us here!

Why a herb garden?
The aromatic qualities of herbs have long served to stimulate the mind, ward off illness, provide perfume and to flavour and season our meals. Many of the healing herbs in the garden have glorious blossoms that attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. When you visit please enjoy watching the wildlife and feel free to touch and smell the herbs. Space has been left for the community to add specimen herbs and spices to the garden. If you have any particular plant you would like to find in the Moberly garden please contact Cyndy Chwelos at cyndy.chwelos@vancouver.ca
Further reading
The Medicine Wheel Garden- Creating Sacred Space for Healing Celebration and Tranquillity by E. Barrie Kavasch. 2002. ISBN 0-553-38089-3
New Book of Herbs by Jekka McVicar ISBN-10: 0751346470

Friday, October 1, 2010

Community members participate!

Thanks to all who came to our first planting on that sunny September day! Gardeners included: The Vancouver Master Gardeners-The Healing Garden Committee, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, Moberly Program Commitee Chair, Arts and Culture representative; our stellar leader Dr. Aimee Taylor and of course you- all our community members.

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Planting the Garden


On September 9, 2010 over 25 community members came out to assist with planting the Moberly Cultural Herb Garden.
The Moberly herb garden has been planted based on aspects of a traditional medicinal wheel garden. A medicine wheel garden points of focus feature the four cardinal directions north, east, south and west. Each direction has been partially filled with healing plants whose colour at some stage of development blossoms, fruit or foliage coordinates with the colours symbolic of the related direction. The symbolic colours of each direction are east (yellow and gold), south (blue or purple) west (red or magenta) north (white or silver). According to the medicine wheel garden book by Kavasch the direction east symbolises the start of each day's light and activity and is the place of sunrise, new beginnings and birth. South, is the place of warmth, nurturing, creativity, understanding and light. West is the place of sunset, freedom, maturity and where daylight ends. North is the place of moonlight, stars, openness, wisdom and elders.
Plants are placed with the coordinates of the medicinal wheel properties. In this way community members understand where the plants are to be planted.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Partnership with the Sunset Nursery




We established a partnership with the Sunset nursery which allowed us access to a broad range of mature herbs and perennials for the first planting of the garden in early September. Here we are working with nurseryman Joe Rougeau who guided us in understanding the properieties of each plant.
The plants chosen were based on aspects of a traditional medicinal wheel garden. A medicine wheel garden points of focus feature the four cardinal directions north, east, south and west. Each direction has been partially filled with healing plants whose colour at some stage of development blossoms, fruit or foliage coordinates with the colours symbolic of the related direction. The symbolic colours of each direction are east (yellow and gold), south (blue or purple) west (red or magenta) north (white or silver). Thus, the range of plant choice was guided with this intention.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The growing of the Herb Garden at Moberly




The Cultural Herb Garden at Moberly began as a conversation with community member Dr. Aimee Taylor in the spring of 2009. Aimee is a horticultural therapist and soil scientist- you can find out more about her and what a horitcultual therapist is a this link. http://www.horticulturaltherapist.com/
In addtion, the Sunset Vision meeting in 2002 informed the City of Vancouver that the community wanted gardening programs to be provided at their local centres. This had not yet been implemented. We believed by creating this Cultural Herb Garden, we could begin to address not only the demand for gardening but also provide educational and arts programming to enhance and increase neighbourhood interest. As well, we see this project as a way to learn more about each other and extend our roots deeper by providing ongoing community engagement that encourages the nurturing of this unique ecosystem.
This collaborative project will have community members of all ages participate including seniors from our culinary program, local elementary school groups, neighboring families and youth from high schools. We aim to create opportunities for cultural divides to be bridged, new social connections to be made and stereotypes to be broken through a connection with nature and stewardship.


Step 1) In order to have the land use granted us, we needed to provide the city with an operational assessment. This involved having a Moberly program committe member (who is a landscape designer) draw up plans for submission, have the superintendent of parks in this area provide a program anaysis and 'site' the garden as well as board approval from the Sunset Board Association.
Step 2) Once the board approved the project; both financially and in principle, we gained approval for the operational assesment and hired park board gardeners to prepare the garden for planting.
Step 3) The garden is 10 m x 10 m in scale, situated in Moberly Park adjacent to the cultural centre and is framed by logs from the beach.