I couldn't think of a more perfect day to introduce you to an amazing project I have the privilege of being a part of.
Thanks to the amazing vision of Lindsay, of Aubrey and Lindsay, a group of bloggers has come together to help transform the garden of George Herman House.
For those of you who may not be familiar with this very special home, let me just begin by saying it's a place that is very near and dear to my heart.
This home is a sanctuary for woman living with mental illness.
It seeks to "empower women and assist them in making a successful transition to stable, independent living."
Thousands of woman have benefited from their holistic approach to treating mental illness and as someone who has been touched closely by this horrible disease, I feel so honoured to be a part of this endeavor.
As a little personal background, I have to mention my connection to this cause.
My mother in law was a huge advocate for people with mental illness.
She developed and implemented hundreds of volunteer run programs for various psychiatric hospitals and worked tirelessly to help provide a happier and better life for people affected by these mental illness.
After decades of service, and the Order of Ontario, her own son (my brother in law) was actually diagnosed with this disease.
She approached his illness with the same beautiful spirit that she had with so many others in the past.
This amazing woman shone a light on what mental illness is and opened my eyes to what's possible when you truly want to help people.
Sadly, I was by here side this past September when she courageously chose palliative care after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
I was with her every day for the 3 months she held on and I feel so lucky to have this chance to help a cause I know was so near and dear to her heart.
So...again, I'm more than happy to be taking part in this...
Lindsay has organized a group design bloggers to come together in an effort to transform and create a backyard oasis for woman living in GHH.
Right now, this is what we're working with.
This is a big project but one I know we can totally kick in the ass.
And here's where you come in...if you'd like to take part in any way, please please let us know.
You can have a look at the sponsors and bloggers already involved and perhaps add yourself to the list by contacting Lindsay or any of the people listed;)
To help financially, with ideas or with sponsorship, click HERE.
And ps, you can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #BloggersGiveBack
I thought it might be nice to start compiling some garden inspiration...here are some lovelies from my inspiration file- the gorgeous green seemed fitting on St. Patty's Day;)
Oh and I'll say thank you now- so appreciate you all taking the time to read and help!!!
Apparently I gravitate towards secret gardenesque spaces...lots of stone, salvaged treasures,
gates, winding pathways etc.