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Friday June 10th, 2011

Posted at 10:15am

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One of the things that makes Windsor such a great place to live, is all the hidden secrets right in our own backyards. Ordinary people who go about their own business making their part of the city special.

Over in Windsor’s Ford City on Drouillard Road, Windsorite Al R. can be found in his quiet back yard tending to his 300 rose bushes of over 250 varieties.  Several times a day, Al can be found on his borrowed land, cultivating the flower that for many years was the symbol of Windsor.

When the City of Windsor issued the pesticide ban that decimated its own rose stock, Al found natural and creative ways to protect his roses. “It is certainly more work,” Al states, “but, I am retired and this is my hobby and my passion.” Instead of harmful chemicals Al uses creative alternatives like baking powder, vinegar and even Listerine to keep the bugs from eating his plants. And from all appearances, it is working. Al’s rose bushes are green and lush and in full bloom!

“This is just one of the many hidden treasures in Ford City,” stated Stephen Lynn, Community Development Coordinator for the Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal project. “The people of Ford City are creative, and determined to make their community one of the best places to live, work, shop and play. People through-out Windsor-Essex really should take a fresh look at Ford City!”

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