Our church has always had congregants who love gardening and planting at home, and two years ago we took the plunge to start gardening at church.
Our vision for Wellspring is to have an abundant food and native plants garden that invites and welcomes our neighbours onto our grounds. We want to make our space inviting and fulfilling for human beings, as well as butterflies, birds and wildlife.
Growing food will feed human stomachs, and growing native plants will feed pollinators and encourage biodiversity within North York. Our property also houses a beehive, which we have enjoyed the past 2 years. Thanks to our TD Friends of the Environment Grant, we were able to expand our existing garden with native plants, and give the bees more to feast on.
It seems that every year at St. Cuthbert’s Leaside Anglican Church a new garden “springs up.” As we began a second planting season under Covid restrictions, our gardening team needed a little inspiration. Motivated by Communities in Bloom Canada’s pronouncement that YELLOW is the garden colour of 2021, we created a HOPE planter. It joyfully sits on St. Cuthbert’s front steps for all the community to see. Our message of HOPE inspired more than our own gardeners…photos of our planter have been shared online and in community news!