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Margot Cooper sits by the Garden of Hope behind City Hall. The garden commemorates her mother Lorraine Minish-Cooper, a gardening enthusiast who died from breast cancer. - Susan Catling\NNSL photo

Garden of Hope in bloom

Susan Catling
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (June 18/04) - To all people who love getting dirty, here is your chance to do so at 1 p.m. this Saturday. The Garden of Hope will be planting new flowers.

"I will be going to Arctic Farmers and purchasing a few flowers myself before Saturday," said Debbie Ross, the organizer of the garden.

Arctic Farmers have formed a partnership with The Garden of Hope and matches any donation to the garden with one of its own.

The Garden of Hope was started in the spring of 2003 in memory of Loraine Minish-Cooper, a well respected member of the City of Yellowknife, mother of three, lawyer and an enthusiastic gardener.

"We are hoping to start another little section of the garden filled with indigenous plants. This would be educational as well as a tourist attraction," Ross said. "We will be putting in another arbour in the back because snowmobiles seem to drive over the back part of the garden in the winter and this kills the perennials."

Last year the garden won the 2003 Best Commercial Garden in Yellowknife.