September 15, 2009
By Tim Cradduck
London Chapter president

The London Chapter of Landscape Ontario continues to work within the community to create a legacy for its membership. In the spring of 2009, a group of dedicated volunteers from both the chapter and the Canadian Diabetes Association in London, continued work on the Banting House Global Garden.  

The garden was started last fall with the completion of the hardscaping and installation of most of the shrubs. The early snow and cold weather prevented the planting of the perennials until this spring. With the support of Valleybrook Gardens and VanHorik’s Greenhouses, that provided the plants, we were out in full force to plant in June.

The garden is now almost complete. With the help of our Gardens of Distinction Tour fundraiser in July 11, we will now be able to assist in the funding of the park benches and the Global Garden statue.

This public garden never would have become a reality, unless our LO members had stepped up with the support of the many dedicated volunteer hours and donated material. The project will be valued at close to $200,000 upon completion.
This is a worldwide landmark for the Diabetes Association. A sponsor plaque that will be placed in the garden, will help the legacy to continue for many years to come. If the final phase of the project is completed in time, there will be a opening and rededication of the time capsule on World Diabetes Day, Nov 14, 2009.      
Thank you to all who participated and we look forward to our next community project.

Tim Cradduck may be contacted at

Caption: Members of the London chapter volunteer their time to continue the Global Garden legacy.