Planting Seeds in a Place of Knowledge

John Lubrun, whose beautiful arrangements of the Sunnyside Library garden earned many fans and awards over the years, retired in May. Everyone at Sunnyside Branch would like to thank John for over 30 years of dedicated service! Photo by City of Ottawa

John Lubrun, whose beautiful arrangements of the Sunnyside Library garden earned many fans and awards over the years, retired in May. Everyone at Sunnyside Branch would like to thank John for over 30 years of dedicated service! Photo by City of Ottawa

By Joe Paraskevas

If users of Sunnyside Library see a change this summer in the flower beds that frame the branch’s entrance, they should not be surprised.

John Lubrun, whose arrangements of the library’s garden earned fans and awards over the years, retired in May.

Lubrun, 65, has taken care of the library building and garden since 1984.

He remembered how he started tending the flower beds, three or four years after he began work at the library doing maintenance.

“The entrance to the library wasn’t looking that nice,” Lubrun said. “I didn’t like the ambiance of the place.”

He started small, planting some annuals, he said, and later some bushes. He tried planting perennials but they fell victim to the salt ploughed off Bank Street by city crews in winter.

Before long, Lubrun had covered the entire front of the library in flowers.

People took notice. The city gave him two awards for beautifying the urban landscape.

A spiritual man, Lubrun saw symbolic meaning in the flowers he nurtured each year.

“A seed is an image of infinity, of eternity,” he said. “Think of the spirituality that’s involved in it.”

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