A Magical Night
at the Garden City Lands
The Garden City Lands invited us to visit one evening:
“Come on in--We know you’re good people who respect nature.”
And so in we we tromped that fair September night. We were amazed at the
number of plant species growing away contentedly in a world of their own.
The Long Grass shivered in the wind and waved hello.
“We’re taller than you are,” they teased.
“Then keep your heads down because here comes a plane,” we laughed.
“We’re the Crazy Growth Gang!” boasted the Apartments
across the road. “We’re going to pour cement all over you
and build highrises and shopping centres and parking lots! ”
“Can’t hear you, there’s an airplane!”
laughed the Long Grass as another jet ﬂew past.
Nevertheless it was disturbing to see so many buildings
crowding in like a pack of wolves.
“We’re not afraid of Crazy Growth,” said the Birch Trees in
deﬁance. “We were here ﬁrst.”
“We’re not afraid,” sang the Blueberry Choir
in splendid harmony.
The Ferns frowned and said “Those silly Crazy Growth
buildings block our view of the sunset.”
The Fireweed expressed more tolerance. “Those houses
across the highway are our neighbours, after all. As long as
they stay on their side of the road, they’re rather pretty.”
“We are getting hemmed in by buildings, it is true,” the
Fireweed continued. “But we can all live in peace.”
The Humourous Hardhack laughed boisterously. “Ha ha!
Look north and pretend it’s ﬁve hundred years ago.
Feeling a little happier we hiked along the old stream bed,
which had gone dry over summer so we didn’t get wet feet.
“Thank you for visiting.” whispered the Rushes shyly.
“Sometimes it feels like nobody loves us.”
Such a magical night. The Fireweed glowed in the sunset.
“We can all live together,” they called out dreamily.
And surprize! The Crazy Growth Gang Apartments
murmured in reply, “perhaps it is the only fair way.”
One more airplane ﬂew by towards downtown.
It was too dark to see now. We said our
thankyou’s and goodbyes and left.
Thank you Garden City Lands, for sharing the beauty of original natural
Richmond with us. Thank you Michael Wolfe, Richmond City Council
Candidate, for guiding us on our tour. Peace to all!
Photos by Carmela