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Today I headed over to St. Jacobs. The area north of Kitchener-Waterloo is best known for its  Mennonite population and the large Farmer’s Market. I didn’t have time for both the village and the market and opted for the village.

Grand River Transit provides bus service from Waterloo to St. Jacobs, Elmira, too! I’ve been to the market before but it was many years ago and, as the bus passed through the market district, I was surprised by just how big an attraction it is. The village, three kilometres from the market,  was also bustling.

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“Mommy, it’s a plant paradise!” That’s the comment Wendy, the volunteer coordinator, overheard a young boy make on Saturday morning. And, well, it is true. The Enabling Garden at Riverside Park is an intriguing and special place for young and old.

For me, the garden is a way to indulge in an artistic appreciation of beauty and design.  It satisfies my passion for movement and the outdoors. And there’s more – it stimulates my curiosity by providing a venue for getting up close to nature and observing its lifecycle changes.

The garden is a visual symphony. Plants grow, flower, entice bees to pollinate, whither, go to seed and become dormant while other specimens come into bloom amid the fruit- and nut-bearing trees and shrubs and the butterflies flitter and rest. By nature and design the garden is in constant flux.

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