Group of volunteers deserving of recognition

We are writing to express our sincere appreciation of the Cairnsmore Volunteer Gardening Group.

We are writing to express our sincere appreciation of the Cairnsmore Volunteer Gardening Group.

This group has managed not only to rejuvenate the gardens at Cairnsmore Place, but also to put a smile on the faces of residents and neighbours alike.

For more than nine years, we have watched this hardy group of volunteers quietly gather on Wednesday mornings and set to work.

They tend to the plants and gardens, and with the help of bequests from appreciative families, tackle larger projects such as constructing new garden beds, laying drip irrigation, designing and building water features, installing garden benches, gazebos, tool sheds and wheelchair accessible walking paths.

Much thought goes into creating gardens that are pleasing year-round for the residents to admire from within, and for the neighbourhood to admire from without.

According to the group’s co-ordinator Louise Neveu, the Cairnsmore Gardening Group fund their work entirely through donations and money raised with an annual plant sale hosted on site each spring (this year’s sale takes place on Saturday, May 7.

Our hats are off to this truly hard-working and committed group that meet – come rain or shine – to not only give back to their community, but to create something beautiful along the way.

Mona Kaiser and Dr. Tom Rimmer

Duncan