We adopted our neighbourhood culdesac median from the city and we were grateful to receive a NSG grant to cover the costs for the perennial plants to create a pollinator garden.
We met on a sunny July weekend to plant our garden and to celebrate with a picnic in the park afterwards. We had pollinator cookies, pollinator face painting, bubbles, chalk drawing, with a great turn out of families and older adults from our culdesac.
This median has begun to symbolize a new beginning in our neighbourhood: not only does it add beauty to our culdesac, it has brought neighbours together in a shared task, with shared responsibility. Not only did we get to know each other and learn from each other, we have begun to forge friendships with other participants. This has meant that neighbours have loaned tools to each other, dropped off fresh produce to share, have learned each other’s names and have stopped to talk to each other.
The benefits from these grants are numerous (environmental for our pollinators, beautification of urban space, and increased social interaction) and I just want to thank the Vancouver Foundation and Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives for the opportunity to do this with our neighbours.

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