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.

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.