Susan Kerr, a member of Friends of Dundonald Park, was looking for a wedding present for two of her friends, Jacques Lemieux and Alex Forman. She came up with a novel and lovely idea:
In honour of her friends’ marriage Kerr decided to start the Equal Marriage Garden, giving Ottawa’s same-sex couples a chance to have their unions commemorated with a plaque, a plant, or both. On May 13 the first plaque was unveiled, honouring Lemieux and Forman’s August 16 wedding date.
“We will never have a baby but that will be our baby,” Lemieux says. “I think it’s really nice just to put a stamp to it and recognize equal marriages, and I hope that it flourishes in the park,” adds Forman.
Community gardens may go unnoticed at times, but they are a wonderful way to link members of the community to the physical neighbourhood. We should support these initiatives as much as possible.