Residents of VSP, and specifically Park-Extension, can look forward to the annual distribution of free flowers and vegetable plants on May 20, organized in collaboration with partner organization Ville en vert. The event is aimed at enhancing the beauty of the neighbourhood and promoting urban gardening.
Registration for the event is mandatory, and residents can register online via a form available on the event’s page from April 24 at 12 p.m. However, places are limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration deadline is when all the spots have been reserved, and compliance with the appointment schedule remains mandatory.
For eligible groups, such as NPOs, daycare centers, and citizen groups, among others, the distribution will take place on May 19. Groups that have never participated before should contact Ville en vert to register.
Distribution will take place at François-Perrault Park and Jarry Park, with different timings for residents and eligible groups. Participants will receive flowers and vegetable plants such as Alysse, Sage, Yarrow, Cucumber, Zucchini, Tomato, Basil, Thyme, and Oregano, which they can take home in a carrying bag.
In addition to the plant distribution, the City of Montreal’s Environment Department will also offer compost and mulch during the distribution for residents only. Participants must bring a shovel and a container of about 30 liters to collect the compost and mulch. It is important to note that the compost provided is an amendment composed of one-third compost and two-thirds soil to avoid making the plant more vulnerable to attacks by parasites, pathogenic fungi, or burnt roots due to too much acidity.
Proof of residence will be requested, and participants must comply with the instructions issued at the distribution sites for the smooth running of the event. For additional information, interested residents can contact Ville en vert at firstname.lastname@example.org. Overall, this event is an excellent opportunity for VSP residents to contribute to the beauty and sustainability of their neighbourhood while also gaining access to free plants and compost.