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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cultivating Connections T-Party

On Monday, July 25 Sunset neighbours and the Moberly summer camp- Something Green- art, nature & you! celebrated the culmination of Cultivating Connections. Over the past we have had the please of working with the artists from MOPPARC and horticulatral therapist Aimee Taylor. We have dug in the garden, progagated plants, wove with green waste, uppupoed green waste to consturct a trellis and became acquinted with musician who make horms out of organinc and refuse materials. it has been quite the journey. Make sure to check out these artist blogs to find out more detail of what we did and what they do! Cultivating Connections was made possible through a Community and Neighbourhood Arts Development Program from the City Of Vancouver, Office of Cultural Affairs. In celbration of completing this grant we had a t-party that brought community members together to enjoy the garden, learn about herbs in the garden drink tea made from the mint/lemon balm/lavendar that grows in the garden and listen to music. A big thank you to Mohinder Sidhu for preparing the chai tea!

In the afternoon session of Something Green; art, nature & you, the children worked with the musician David Gowman . He led a rhtym insturment workshop that had particpants make their own rhtyn sticks and learn about percussion music. During the T-party, they joined The Legion Of Flying Monkeys, the band that David belongs to.

Madame Beespeakers leads a community member on a tour of the garden where they investigate the chief healing properites of the plant.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Something Green : art, nature & you!

Madame Beespeaker led us in a herb drying workshop. Campers investigated the garden through their senses, then chose their favorite plant to dry. They made these drying racks from green waste materials and hemp.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cultivating Connections: Trellis making

Sweets peas now have a place to flourish around the community trellis in the Cultural Herb Garden.

The trellis gets filled in and a small woven fence is constructed.

We intergrated the woven circle that were made at the South Hill Street festival in late May.

Stakes were pounded into the ground with David's hand made tools.

Community members 'filled' in the areas with a weaving techinque
David began the process by creating one adult sized sstructure, then a young community memeber suggested we need a child sized one-as well!

Here, Sharon is working with a seven yearold community member to fashion the all important 'stake' which is the foundation of each part. On the summer solstice, artist, David Gowman and Sharon Kallis led community members in a trellis-making process with green waste from our vancouver park land. Community members of all ages assisted with the design & construction which resulted in a new component to the cultural herb garden.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cultivating Connections- labeling the garden

It has been a productive time in the herb garden this summer. In June, Aimee Taylor led the master healing gardeners in a sign-making workshop. Each sign identifies the herb in the garden with additional information on their chief characteristics for therapeutic use.
During the Trellis making workshop, we installed the signs into the garden.
Many neighbours are stopping to view the garden and this new information that has added a layer of meaning to this culutral garden.