Jim Northey leads Rotarians packing timbers at Boundary Bay Earthwise Garden is the caption used for the picture accompanying the September 29, 2007 story published in the Delta Optimist. To read the full story click

Rotarians helping 'Garden' grow

The Delta Optimist

Published: Saturday, September 29, 2007

Hot coffee overcame the morning chill as Rotarians and Earthwise volunteers assembled at Boundary Bay Earthwise Garden last Saturday.

They were challenged to build a wheelchair accessible greenhouse as well as an entrance arbour and fence. At the end of the day they had to leave behind a safe, improved and fully accessible site.

In short order it was evident this group could cope with the challenge of the unforeseen as it discovered the contributed material was a puzzle of parts and sizes. Progress was soon evident as the greenhouse began to take shape, the arbour rose and the fencing team advanced.

Even the most inexperienced were given good direction and included in the fun and satisfaction of making a meaningful contribution. The noise of hammers and saws mixed with wisecracks, sage observations and frequent laughter.

"These guys do laugh a lot; they are always fun to be near," said Rotarian Gail McEwan. "And they get lots done."

Amanda Gee, education co-ordinator at the Earthwise Garden, said she certainly appreciates the contributions made by Rotarians.

"When finished, this will bring benefits and enjoyment of greenhouse gardening to physically challenged people," Gee said. "And the Welcome Arbour is designed to create an attractive entrance that defines the garden as a special place."

"There is great satisfaction doing work that opens the garden to more people," said Rotarian Alex Tappert.

Completion of the project is expected in the next few weeks.

The Boundary Bay Earthwise Garden is designed to show and teach practical methods to create sustainable communities.