The weather was ideal on Saturday, September 19 for the official opening of Bittersweet Way, our initiative to enhance the Greenway with a commemorative circle, signage and landscaping. Seeds of the project began growing 5 years ago, shovels hit the ground in 2019, and finally this fall we had an opportunity to show off our work and thank all of those who helped make it happen.
To wrap up the event, bittersweet vine, the namesake of the project, was planted near the commemorative circle. If you have not had a chance yet, you should visit the circle to read the plaques to take in the rich history of St.Vital and the former Lot 47 on which you stand.
We here at Bishop Grandin Greenway are anticipating the official opening of Bittersweet Way the morning of September 19. It will be a small and safe ceremony allowing for plenty of physical distancing, but it will be an important milestone for us. A great deal of thought and planning went into the project including the commemorative circle, which tells important stories about the history of St.Vital.
The more visible part of the project is the retaining wall signage, right at the intersection of St.Mary's Rd. The berm, in behind the retaining wall, is in the process of being transformed into a naturalized area with native plants, wildflowers and grasses. We just finished our first phase of planting 100 native plants and grasses, and will continue next spring with many more! It will take a few years to get established, but we're off to a good start thanks to the help of dedicated volunteers and the donations of generous supporters.
There is much work yet to do, but with the assistance of the Manitoba Master Gardeners, Winnipeg Wildflower Project and Prairie Originals, the end result should be terrific. Visit our Donation page to help contribute to this project, or let us know if you're interested in getting directly involved!