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All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today  - Indian Proverb



Kootenays Major Gardening Events - April 2011


Trail Community In Bloom
Presents An Evening With Richard Los

Director of Horticulture for Butchart Gardens
April 12, 2011, 7:30 pm

    He will be presenting a slide show on the development of Butchart Gardens through out the years and then having a question-answer period. This is a life time opportunity to see and hear a renowned and knowledgeable professional of the gardening world.

Please join us at Colombo Lodge ( Rossland Ave)

Admission by Food Bank donation

Refreshments available

More info:


Wildsight Kimberly Cranbrook is hosting

Learn to prune like a pro!

Apple tree pruning workshop with David Couse, Certified Arborist
Saturday, April 16, 2011
1 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Cominco Gardens in Kimberly

Space is limited, so call to register

E-mail or call Karly at 250-427-2535



Castlegar Community in Bloom 2011
Gardening Speaker Series

Location: Castlegar Community Complex
7:00 pm - Wednesdays
Register: 250.365.3386

April 6, 2011
Gardening with Water Conservation in Mind
Presenter: Georama Growers – Case Grympa
Cost: $5.00

April 13, 2011
Water Features for your Gardens
Suzanne Noad – Well known water expert

April 20, 2011
Hanging Basket Mania
Take home your creation for sun or shade.
Bring Gardening Gloves
Family Tree Gardening – Pam Johnston
Class Limit 25
Cost: $25.00

April 27, 2011
The World of Hypertufa Pots & Alpine Plants
Presenter: Sharyn Higham
Cost: $5.00


Trail Garden Club
Annual Plant Sale

Saturday,  April 30, 2011
10 am - 1 pm

On the Esplanade (downtown by the river)

More info:



Kootenays Major Gardening Events - May 2011


10th  Annual Nelson Garden Festival
Saturday May 07, 2011
10 am - 3 pm

200 Block Baker Street
Nelson BC

    Celebrate Mother's Day weekend at 10th Annual Nelson Garden Festival. A showcase for regional garden vendors.

    Annuals, perennials, early vegetable & flower starts, herbs, shrubs, trees, furniture and all kinds of gardening accessories will line the 200 Block of Baker Street, as well as music and fun for the whole family.

Contact/info:  250-354-1909


2nd Annual
Castlegar Garden & Nature Fest

Saturday, May 14, 2011
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Twin Rivers Park / Millennium Walkway 110 - 5th St.

A free festival celebrating gardens, nature and farming

    A sparkling array of music and entertainers will welcome you. There will be music and belly dancing most of the day. Relax and enjoy the ambience while sampling the local culinary fare. Bring your lawn chair!

    Vendors you can anticipate:

- Castillian Fountain & Metal with a selection of    wrought iron fencing and garden art
- Nelson Garden Goods with arbours and planters
- Garden Candy from Cranbrook with garden art made from recycled glassware
- Wild Mountain Herbs with locally wild-crafted herbal salves and tinctures
- Mountain Seed Company with seeds
- Mats Growers with shrubs and perennials
- Heather Glyn with heathers and small roses
- The Blushing Bud with an eclectic array of dwarf conifers, hypertufa and rockery plants
- Dutch Girl Peonies with peonies
- Against the Wind Nursery with fruit trees and berries ....

   There will be numerous groups on hand to update you on water conservation, organic farming, wildlife areas, BEAKS, our ecological area and issues, or food security ....

Mor info: or phone: 250.399.4439

Castlegar Garden Club
Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 7, 2011
9 am - 12 noon

CPR Station Museum
400 - 13th Ave. Castlegar

    Unearth untold treasures from the personal collections of Castlegar Garden Club members.
   This annual event is your chance to share unique, exciting, and sometimes challenging plants . . . all affordably priced.

Contact: Pam Johnston – 250-399-0077


4th Annual
Kaslo Garden Festival

Monday May 23, 2011
9 am - 3 pm 

Kaslo Front Street Park

    Come and visit vendors sharing their information, selling a great array of plants plus veggie starts and talented artists with art for your garden.

    This annual garden festival continues to grow in popularity, taking place on the Monday of the Kaslo May Days Festival which features 3 days of activities through out the village.

    Come check out the Garden Festival and stay for the parade, food vendors, craft vendors, live music and family style entertainment.

More info? 250-353-7592 or





Kootenays Major Gardening Events - June 2011


Clear Sky Center presents

Native Grasslands 2011 Workshops

Join Don Gayton on June 10th and 11th, 2011

Clear Sky Center, Bull River valley, near Fort Steele

    Eclectic in his interests and unsurpassed in his expertise, Don’s depth of experience and passion for grassland ecosystems is infectious!
    Learn how to recognize and identify local grasses in the Rocky Mountain Trench.
    Explore Hands-On Grassland Ecology and "Grass ID" and 2 hours birding with Don Gayton and Peter Davidson.

Click here to learn more and to register now!


The Slocan Valley Arts Council

Slocan Valley Art & Garden Tour
Sunday, June 19, 2011
10 am - 4 pm

There will be 10 gardens, including a CSA, two large-scale market gardens, some old favourites and five new-to-the-tour gardens.

Contact for the garden tour is Ruth Porter at 250-226-7349 

Contact for the Arts Council is Donna at 226-7445

The Castlegar and Area Garden Club

10th Anniversary
Castlegar & Area Garden Tour

Sunday, June 26, 2011
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

10 Flagrantly Delightful Gardens

    The 2011 Castlegar & Area Garden Tour is a soaring celebration of our Tenth Anniversary.
    Atmospheric and enthralling . . . an authentic adventure into the far reaches of the gardening world. Sure to be a pleasure from start to finish.
    Join us and be swept away by the wonderfully original and richly imaginative gardens. Images and inspirations will linger with you for days.

Brochure & Map
available locally or from 

More information:
Nora Jukes – 250-365-6753



Kootenays Major Gardening Events - July 2011


Cranbrook Garden Club

15th Annual
Open Garden Day

Sunday July 10th,  2011
Six gardens
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Tickets $10 available after June 26th, at:
- Top Crop Garden Farm & Pet, 2001 Cranbrook St. N.
- Lotus Books, 33  10th Ave. S.
There is a map included with tickets.

Besides the garden show there will be
- Garden Day luncheon ($8) - Anglican Church Women
- Floral arrangement competition - Cranbrook Garden Club
- Plant and craft sale - Cranbrook Garden Club
All events at Christ Church Anglican, 46 13th Ave. S.
Noon to 1:30 pm

Rossland Garden Tour

Saturday, July 23, 2011
9:30 am - 2 pm

A map of 10 gardens to visit can be picked up at the Town Square on Columbia Ave.

Admission $6.00

Refreshments are part of the tour

The Tour is a fundraiser for the Rossland Museum


Trail in Bloom Garden Tour

The date of the Tour has been changed from Saturday, July 16, 2011 to Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Garden tour maps are available at Ferraros Foods
July 15, 16, 22, 10 am - 4 pm
and early in the morning until 11 am on July 23
The maps are by donation

The tea tickets are available at Century21 in Trail at anytime
This is on July 23, at Teck House in Tadanac 11 - 2 pm
The tickets for the tea are $10.00 ea.



Kootenays Major Gardening Events - September  2011


Clear Sky Center presents

Connecting Mountains to Grasslands
with Leslie Lowe and Peter Davidson

September 10, 2011
8 am -  5:30 pm

Clear Sky Center, Bull River valley, near Fort Steele

Join us as we engage our love for Ecology, People and Economics
to learn how to bring about sustainable and smart solutions, together!

Click here to find out more......

Register by August 27th and save 15%


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