Dr. Leo MOl

Manitoba Gardener Magazine - - NEWS -

Molo­doshanin or Dr. Leo Mol as he is known to most Win­nipeg­gers was born in 1915 in Polonne, Ukraine. In 1948, he made his home in Canada, mov­ing to Win­nipeg one year later. He be­gan work­ing as a ceramic artist, church pain­ter and stained glass artist and is re­spon­sive for the design and build of more than 80 stained glass win­dows in Man­i­toba churches. Pop­u­lar win­dows in­clude the Last Sup­per in West­worth United and Ukra­nian his­tor­i­cal win­dows lo­cated in St. Vladimir and Olga Cathe­dral. He be­came a prom­i­nent sculp­tor known for his bronze work cre­ated

cal frogs and colour­ful flowerbeds in­ter­spersed through­out the play­ground. It is truly a gar­den that can be en­joyed by chil­dren of all ages.

An abil­i­ties gar­den is de­signed for those with both full and limited mo­bil­ity. Gar­dens and raised plant beds are ar­ranged so that they are wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble, al­low­ing th­ese visi­tors to com­fort­ably view and in­ter­act with the plants. The pur­pose of this gar­den it to share the pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion be­tween peo­ple and plants to im­prove cog­ni­tive, phys­i­cal, so­cial, emo­tional and spir­i­tual well­be­ing.

Lo­cated south of the present Con­ser­va­tory, the herb gar­den, cre­ated in 1997 in co-op­er­a­tion with the Herb So­ci­ety of Man­i­toba, fea­tures a va­ri­ety of culi­nary and medic­i­nal herbs planted in a tra­di­tional cir­cu­lar lay­out.

In 1998, The Gar­den of Life was de­vel­oped in co-op­er­a­tion with the Trans­plant Man­i­toba — Gift of Life Pro­gram. Here, ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 flow­ers are grown in the shape and colour of the vi­tal or­gans used in hu­man trans­plan­ta­tion. The gar­den is a trib­ute to or­gan and tis­sue donors and their fam­i­lies. in with the lost wax method. His works are con­tained in sev­eral prom­i­nent lo­ca­tions such as: The Vat­i­can Museum, the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., the Art Gallery of On­tario and Win­nipeg Art Gallery to name a few.

He died at Win­nipeg on July 4, 2009.

In the sum­mer jazz con­certs are just one of the many events in the sculp­ture gar­den.

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