Summer Climate Observations and Events

Our Weaving Art & Impact project launched with a great turn out for our summer walks, and the September walks are fast approaching- both take place on September 23rd with space in the middle to enjoy a lunch somewhere local in-between.

Trillium in the morning- register here

and MOP in the afternoon- register here

Looking at the initial data from our climate monitoring stations, it is easy to see that is common to have a 6 to 15 degree temperature difference in our day time highs between the two sites of Means of Production garden (MOP) and Trillium park- Trillium being a full sun zone with lots of reflective surfaces and concrete nearby compared to MOP’s shady woodland that edges on to the sunny zone where our monitoring station is located.

One surprise, it would seem that MOP has more stable temperatures- less dramatic dips at night.

According to our thermometers- Trillium saw several days in the high 30’s and MOP usually hovered around the mid-20’s with only a couple of notes of high’s over 30 degrees.

  • a couple of other observations- our trillium station is facing closer to true south while the MOP station is facing east- this likely accounts for the summer heat extremes- but we hope it doesn’t impact our cold temperature too much for the autumn season ahead- this is where all data will truly help reveal some mysteries on the seasonal timeline for plant fibre harvests.
  • We also observed from our stats that the trillium site is more inclined to ‘community f?:*ery’ with occasions of outlandish temperature entries that would speak to the controls being tweaked- this also fits in with our general site observations about how people use the two parks!

September and October will reveal much for both temperatures and rainfall differences as we gear up to the harvests that we time in response to the plants slow decay.

milkweed fibre as the plant decays

As a part of our Weaving Art and Impact project, we are also weaving woolen seat covers to keep us cozy for future outdoor events at the garden outdoor studio!

The colours of our gardens and the beauty of local fleeces shines through these simple woven mats made on a peg loom or by tying up to a fence. Our fleeces are from Barnston Island, Galiano and Mayne Islands.

Thank you to the Vancouver Park Board Neighbourhood Matching Fund for making the walks and other soon to be announced programming free to the public through financial support.

The Neighbourhood Matching Fund supports local residents to lead creative art
and environmental improvement projects with neighbours in their community.