PARRY SOUND - The Tower Hill Gardeners have had a busy summer. The group of about 20 volunteers is made up of a number of volunteer groups/community partners in the area. The group meets each Wednesday morning and Thursday evening for two to three hours and have collectively put in over 300 hours of gardening since they started at the end of June. They have been focusing on weeding, pruning and edging. The group has planted perennials in the rock garden at the base of the tower but have been waiting for summer’s end (and the donation of plants and money) for more planting. They also have put plants in the pond to improve the habitat for the fish and have installed a spray head on the fountain in the pond.
Gardening group beautifies Tower Hill gardens.
Wayne Rush, a Tower Hill garden volunteer and member of the Parry Sound and District Horticultural Society took the above birdhouse down in July, repainted and repaired it in time for the Doors Open event that takes place on September 29.
Robert Mansfield photo
Group member Anne Bossart said they are amazed at how many visitors have come to climb the tower this summer.
“It seems there is always someone having a picnic,” said Bossart. “We have had many, many people express their admiration and appreciation for what we are doing. It is really gratifying - I just knew that the people of Parry Sound cared.”
The garden will also be open for the Doors Open event on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The group will be hosting a plant sale that morning followed by a flower arranging demonstration sponsored by the Parry Sound and District Horticultural Society. There will be a display and slide show telling the story of the Tower Hill Park and garden and a ceremonial tree planting of a bur oak tree donated by the Ontario Horticultural Association in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (time and dignitaries to be announced).