A Tribute to Dagmar Baur

While Dagmar passed away in April 2010, her friends celebrated her life and contributions to the community garden movement recently with the installation of a memorial plaque in the Bain Co-op courtyard. Some people you don’t forget!

Photo by Don Richardson

Photo by Don Richardson

Dagmar had been a member of the Toronto Community Garden Network (TCGN) for many years, but her love of gardening and nature went way back before the beginning of the TCGN.

Across the City of Toronto she had been involved in caring for endangered native plant species and received an award from the North American Native Plants Society in 2007.

Please read her poem that she wrote about High Park:

High Park is a sacred Place

There is an old Celtic saying
that heaven and earth are only three feet apart,
but in “thin places” that distance is even smaller;
the centuries drop away
and raise the veil separating us from ancient splendour.
A thin place requires us to step from one world to another.

It is no wonder
that thin places are most often associated with wild landscapes.
High Park has many thin places where there is beauty below us,
beauty above us and beauty all around.

We sense the sacred
in a blue heron taking flight from Grenadier pond;
we find it in the fragrance of the Sweet Fern
and the Sassafrass Grove below West Road;

it’s in the knowledge
of a million year old glacial river coursing beneath us
or in the fragile beauty of a Blue Hare-bell
and Upright White Morning Glory at the feet of ancient Oaks
that lift our eyes to the sky.

Being in High Park is a way of coming home to ourselves.

Dagmar Baur
September 29, 2009

A tribute page has been set up at dagi.muchloved.com. You are welcome to leave messages, poems, stories and photos to share.