Friday, October 11, 2013

Seasonal Cygnet and the Library Garden Open Day

Today, in persistent rain, 40 people turned out with coats and umbrellas to help celebrate the completion of Stage 1 of the Cygnet Library Garden Project….. At last, after more than 3 years of pestering, it is finally happening! Hip hip hooray!!

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Moreover, this tiny snippet of a garden, measuring about 12m x 0.5m plus a bit more around the corner, has inspired a community art project and brought donations of time and energy from the Port Cygnet Men’s Shed, Cygnet Glass, Corey at Treemendous, the local CWA (Country Women’s Assoc.), Woodbridge Fruit Trees, and more.

A picture tells a thousand words….

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Catherine and Carol sorting out last minute plans for the day, in the library carpark, in the rain.
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That’s me addressing all the well-wishes.
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Catherine made this compostable piece from flour, water and seaweed
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There it is…. the thing that has brought so much joy to every library goer recently
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Carol showing people around the back of the library where we will begin stage 2
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Catherine collected wishes from every school child and attached them to the bricks of the library walls and walkways
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Catherine, our lovely community artist, talking about her contribution in the form of wishes
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Carol enthusing everyone with ideas for the rest of the outdoor space around the library
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One of the lovely librarians, Heather, brings the visitors together and explains what has been going on these last few months.
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Our tiny library is part of a wonderful, state-wide system with a fabulous website allowing access to an online registry of all books and material available to borrow.

My next idea is to take this first stage and repeat it up and down the main street, then through all the streets of Cygnet. Wherever there is a little piece of land, I would like to fill it with suitable, edible plants, flowers and herbs, turning Cygnet into a Seasonal Smorgasbord for everyone to use and enjoy.

Police Station, Fire Station, Health Centre, Banks, Shops and Cafes etc etc…. building on the momentum of the library garden and that of the local schools who have embraced food gardening in a big way already.

1 comment:

Deborah Cantrill said...

Good work Kate .All public building need some yummy goodies growing along with other greenery and flowers of course.From my hospital bed in Strath Out one window is a large lomandra (maybe you could add some basketry plants so people can make their own library or shopping bags) out the big window are lovely roses and the background is the river so there well grown trees covering the whole view along with birds and their sounds.I have the best room in the hospital, but not as good as being home but I'm working on it just have to master steps and rough surfaces before its safe to go home.