The weeds, grass, and blackberries around the Mission Museum have been cut back and transformed into a tranquil garden with a brick-lined path, and the public is invited out Saturday afternoon for a grand opening.
The Edwardian garden has been a joint venture between local Gorilla Gardener, Heidi Smith, the Mission District Historical Society, Peggy Jessome of Idea Garden Designs, gardening volunteers and the Mission Community Foundation, all of which funded the garden with over $2,500.00 in cash or in-kind donations.
Amongst the new plants are two industrial sewing machines that had been hidden in the previous disarray of the museum grounds. Edwardians craved a rural idyll to capture the romance of the countryside within the confines of the ever-expanding urban and suburban landscape. The colour palette is green and white, and the plantings feature small shrubs, perennials, ground covers and edible strawberries. It will also showcase a prominent historic building (built in 1907), which was constructed during the Edwardian era, and strengthen the museum’s role as an anchor for the downtown business area.
The official opening happens April 14 from 1-3 p.m. For more information visit www.missiondhs.com.