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Master Gardeners Create for the Holidays in BC

By Kim Charles

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Lilian Ho creates with a group of master gardeners to bring holiday cheer to a local, long term care facility.


"Here are some holiday centerpieces and decorations that five of our master gardener volunteers made for the George Pearson Centre – a government owned long term care facility in Vancouver, BC. 


One of our master gardener volunteers walked around the grounds at Pearson on Dec 7 and harvested branches of greenery to make holiday arrangements for the hospital.  Five of us went in on Dec 8 with more greenery from our gardens, making 13 arrangements (we took 4 home). This made enough for 6 wards and the reception desk.  The facility first used the Holiday Centerpieces for their holiday dinner and then distributed to the wards. We  provided all the supplies and we had no funding. 


The same group, volunteered to maintain the garden on site during the growing season, for at least a decade with no funding. We brings extra plant materials from our own garden. We did have some donated funding to buy apple and maple trees for the site. 


Happy Holidays!"


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  1. user-3565112 12/27/2016

    Ms. Ho, Thank you for the beautiful photos of your creations. I am sure they brought some happiness & cheer to those folks who unfortunately could not spend Christmas at home.
    I hope you had a nice Christmas & the New Year is a great one for you, Joe

  2. tennisluv 12/27/2016

    Lillian, all the arrangements you and the other master gardeners made are gorgeous and I am sure all the nursing home residents, their families and visitors, and the staff have enjoyed them throughout the holiday season. If these are examples of the volunteer work you and your friends are doing at the Pearson Centre to create a garden the residents can enjoy, then this care facility is truly blessed to have you. Master Gardeners like you are making our world more beautiful, one volunteer project at a time.

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    meander_michaele 12/27/2016

    Lilian, these lovely arrangements represent one of the most special gifts a person can give...that of sharing one's time, energy, and creativity . I'm confident your efforts were muchly appreciated and added a holiday touch to the areas in which they were placed.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/27/2016

    Lillian, so good to see you on the blog. Those are show-stopping arrangements made all the better by a worthy cause. So marvelous for you all to donate your time and energy to help those who could use some cheer and greenery in their lives, as well as a garden. Thank you so much for that kindness!

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    LindaonWhidbey 12/27/2016

    Good morning, Lilian. You and your fellow MG's are a thoughtful and talented group and you've created some masterpieces that must have been so appreciated. I hope you are enjoying the Holidays up there in snowy BC. Best wishes, Linda

  6. Sunshine111 12/27/2016

    Gorgeous and stunning. I am impressed with your use of materials, creativity and generosity. Many blessings to you all.

  7. sheila_schultz 12/27/2016

    These arrangements are beautiful, Lillian. What a treasure trove of assorted greenery to have at your fingertips, plus so many talented volunteers to create their magic for the residents and caregivers! All of the work you do for Pearson is a loving gift and I'm quite sure it brings smiles to everyone's faces.

  8. schatzi 12/27/2016

    Such unique, beautiful creations you folks have made! A labor of love and caring by some terrific volunteers. Great job.

  9. user-7007498 12/27/2016

    Fabulous arrangements and for a worthy cause. I am sure you have lifted many spirits.

  10. Meelianthus 12/27/2016

    All stunningly beautiful Lilian. What a lovely thing to do for the Centre and I am sure it brought a little merriment to all.

  11. user-6536305 12/28/2016

    It has become my morning routine to look at the GPOD and read comments. I really enjoy it and the recent topic on Christmas decorations using garden materials. What a great idea Kim. It took by complete surprise that I saw our work this morning. I normally get a notification e-mail from Kim. This time I did not. Especially when I saw the recent posts on the jaw-dropping armaments, it made me almost die of shame. Thanks so much for your comments and encouragement and GPOD makes my day every day!

    1. perenniallycrazy 12/28/2016

      Your arrangements are fabulous! I would love to volunteer too (but I am by no means a Master Gardener like you and your group.)

      1. user-6536305 12/28/2016

        Cherry, your garden, planter arrangement and wreathes are stunning and jaw dropping. I always search your posts when I plant a planter. Next year, I will definitely revisit this topic again on GPOD when we do it.

  12. thevioletfern 01/02/2017

    Beautiful! Wonderful! I applaud all master gardeners. I encourage all who have thought about becoming a master gardener to go for it - it is a wonderful community and a wonderful way to give back to the community (as exemplified here). It is a continual learning process in more ways than gardening. Standing ovation.

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