Along The Way

You know what I like about living downtown? Nice restaurants? Well sure, it is great to walk down the street for a nice meal and bottle glass of wine.  Look, this little bee flew in to dine, how posh! “Bonjour Monsieur Bumble, table pour un?”

I also really enjoyed this fabulous urban garden I just happened upon while out on my bike ride. It’s called ‘Peace Garden Park’.  Prior to 1913, 103 Avenue used to be called ‘Peace’ Avenue and ‘Garden Park’ reflect’s the dual purpose of this redeveloped land.

It’s a little slice of heaven growing up surrounded by apartments and concrete sidewalks.  The plan is set in a circle.  The paths are made of recycled rubber, a water feature trickles away the day smack dab in the center.

There’s a group of raised beds as well as garden beds. Even their garden shed was divine. Someone’s done a fab mural, Monet would have smiled. The garden was made possible by partnerships with The City Of Edmonton and Sustainable Food Edmonton.

Would be gardeners pay $20 a season, plus their regular community dues.  I could stand here and smell the Sweet Peas all day long.  I grew them by the hundreds all along Buddy’s dog kennel at the lake.  It was fun to bundle them up into an empty jam jar for Karen next door, I really miss her.

I really fancied this one garden,  it displayed a very balanced planting of both veggies and flowers. The left side perfectly mirrored the planting’s on the right (note to self: copy that idea in future new home).

I think they’ll be extra happy at harvest time, things are looking very promising.  Well now, this has been a nice surprise, you just never know what you’ll find along the way.

PS, I followed the rules, but what are you eating from your garden this week?

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9 thoughts on “Along The Way

  1. Great article – never knew there was a park and gardens at this location. When u want to go for fresh veggs let me know I, too like to make some dills with carrots. LUL


  2. What a very pretty garden. I have to say that since my tomatoes are attempting to take over the neighborhood this year, they rather choked out the flowers I planted beside them, so it’s not as pretty as this; next year! (Though the heat this summer has been intense, which I think my plants have loved.)

    Thus far? Tomatoes, yellow and zucchini squash, green beans (just put up some dilly beans yesterday), onions, and cukes. The lettuces are long gone. 🙂


    1. Hi Jen, thank’s so much for that. I’m amazed at how you busy gal’s manage do so much. Just keeping up with watering my pots on the way in & out of the house has been a challenge because like you, our summer has been warmer than usual. I just bought some Quart Jars and Cucumbers today to make sweet pickles I spotted on another Blog. Do you have a fav zucchini recipe? I loved dilled anything, carrots, cukes, califlower….with lots of garlic too. Sounds like all your hard work in the garden will pay off in spades. Thanks for coming by this garden today!


  3. I remember years ago when we had a community garden in the small Kansas town where I grew up. It was on the edge of town and did not have too many flowers. I like the idea of it being in the middle of the community and having both the beauty of the flowers and the nice abundance of food items. A nice place to walk while also being very productive.


    1. Wow, I guess Kansas was ahead of their time. I always think of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ when I hear about Kansas. Did you ever see tornado’s there? According to the signage, Edmonton has over 65 community gardens. This one is wheelchair accessable with a number of raised beds, so everyone can enjoy it. I think that’s awesome. I imagine it’s mostly apartment & condo dwellers like me who garden here. I’m so glad to hear from you, and telling me about Kansas!


    1. I love fresh garden carrots, also like them pickled. I imagine it’d be so satisfying to make dinner from your very own garden. Thank’s for visiting and your nice comment!


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