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Gardens galore: Castlegar welcomes spring

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April 21st, 2010

The first annual Castlegar Garden and Nature Fest is growing! Planning and organization has been progressing, vendors and local non-profit groups are signing up, and the speaker topics are confirmed.

The Castlegar Garden Club and Castlegar Communities in Bloom are jointly sponsoring this event. It will all be happening on May 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., overlooking the river in Twin Rivers Park/Millennium Walkway. All events are free to the public.

Vendors will be selling a large array of plants: berry bushes, herbs, rockery plants, shade plants, vegetable starts, annuals, trees, and shrubs, all at the right time for planting. There will be ironwork fences and metal art, stepping stones, garden planters, poppy dolls, stained glass art, composters, vertical gardens – something for everyone! Children can have fun with face painting and other activities. Non-profit and educational groups will showcase their work and distribute information. Hiking clubs, local wilderness conservation groups, wildlife centres, and local organic farmer’s organizations will take part.

If you are a potential vendor or non-profit group, our deadline for registrations has been extended to April 15th. For more information, contact Heather at 250-399-4439 or castlegargardenfest@shaw.ca.

The Castlegar Public Library will host speakers on the following topics: native bees by Lynn Wescott, and bats by Thomas Hill (both sponsored by FWCP). Chris Holt, a local horticulturalist, will be presenting on edible ornamental gardens (bring pen and paper to take notes!). This is also your chance to see the locally made documentary film Urban Roots by Katherine Pettit – a ‘how to’ film featuring three urban vegetable gardeners in Nelson. Rounding out the speakers and inspiring us to get involved with growing our food are Victoria Carleton & Steven Mounteer, featured in the book The Garden That You Are (by K. Gordon).

Mark the date on your calendars – this is a great opportunity to deepen your understanding and enjoyment of wildlife, plants, nature, farming and growing

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