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Cranbrook Garden Club 

Cranbrook, East Kootenay, BC

Third Monday of the month, 7:00 pm
Christ Church Anglican Hall
46-13th Avenue South
Contact April at 778-517-1222
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membership fee $10 per year

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Cranbrook Garden Club contact information:

The club's e-mail

 e-mail director  Barb Keitch:  phone  250-421-7341




  Sunday, July 5th, 2015, 10am to 3:30pm

Enjoy a self-guided tour of 7 beautifully diverse gardens and discover plants as well as local artisans.

 Tickets are $10.00 available after June 19th at Lotus Books, Trends & Treasures and Top Crop Garden, Farm & Pet.

The Cranbrook Garden Club encourages you to take a tour break from noon to 1:30pm at the Christ Church

Anglican where you can enjoy a homemade lunch provided by the Church ladies for $8.00 at the door.

Donít forget to drop in at our Garden Clubís Plant Sale at 224 - 14th Avenue North for great bargains from 10am to 3:30pm.



Cranbrook Garden Club 20th Anniversary



 "... When your back stops aching and your hands begin to harden You will find yourself a partner in the Glory of the Garden."
- Rudyard Kipling

All pictures on this page contributed by the Club members

     The Cranbrook Garden Club was started in 1991, with 18 members. Since then it has grown to over 200 members in 2014.

   The members meet once a month to share ideas and tips on gardening, listen to guest speakers, participate in hands on crafts & workshops and visit each other gardens and garden centers in the summer months. 2013/2014 Guest speakers included topics - how to prune roses & clematis; worker (blue) bees and honey bees; composting; egg-shell seed planting in addition to workshops on making Hyper-tufa containers, mason jar lights, fairy gardens, Christmas flower arrangements and much more!

    The Club is very active in projects aimed at beautification of Cranbrook. In 2013/2014 our club worked in partnership with local organizations including East Kootenay Regional Hospital, FW Green Home, Joseph Creek Village, the Cranbrook Public Library, SPCA, Havenís House & Kids Connection Pre School.

    Each May and September the Club organizes a plant sale & exchange  where members can trade and/or purchase for a low price perennials, trees and shrubs, and a seed and house plant exchange in October.

    In 1997 the Club held its first Open Garden Day, an annual tour of private gardens in Cranbrook and area. The aim of the Open Garden Day is to showcase diverse beautiful local gardens and raise funds for community beautification projects.

    This event usually takes place on the 1st Sunday in July and is planned for Sunday July 6th 2014. Volunteers are posted at each garden to answer questions and share experiences.

    The Open Garden Day Committee begins preparations early in the year (or even the year before), so that a variety of new and established properties, large and small, are included. Some gardeners need more convincing than others that this is a fun experience  to let 200 - 300 people into their yard for the day!

    Club members step forward to co-ordinate the event, including publicity and advertising, design posters and tickets, organize volunteers and collect money from the three venues in town that sell tickets.

    People who are showing their gardens are supplied with volunteer hosts (garden club members),  large signs, guest books and Garden Club information brochures as well as receive a one year free membership in the Garden Club as a way of thanking them for opening their private gardens to the public.

    There are directional signs placed out on the day of Open Garden Day for people to locate the hidden more difficult local gardens as well as a map included with your ticket.

    In 1998, the Public Garden and Labyrinth at Christ Church Anglican was included in the tour and the Anglican Church Women offered luncheon at the Church Hall.

     In 2011, Garden Club members hosted a plant sale at the Anglican Churchís Public Garden area however this has been changed in 2014 where we host the plant sale at a garden members home so that the sale can continue all day! In addition the public can find local artisans selling their garden inspired Arts and Crafts at the gardens on the Open Garden Day tour.

    Open Garden Day is the Clubís major fundraiser, with proceeds going to a variety of local community beautification projects. A few of the past projects the Club has supported include Communities in Bloom beautification projects along the main highway through Cranbrook, Cranbrook GROW Community Garden, Downtown Hanging Baskets, heritage fruit tree program at Fort Steele, Canadian Railway Museum gardens, trees at the Royal Canadian Legion Veteranís Cemetery, a bench and planters for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital and the garden at the Cranbrook Public Library.

    The Club also sponsors 2 gardening magazines at the public library and provides 2 prizes at the annual East Kootenay Fall Fair.

    The price for the garden tour is $10 and can be purchased 2 weeks before the event at Lotus Books and Top Crop Farm & Garden in Cranbrook. The ticket includes a map insert with additional information on where the gardens are located and other details such as the luncheon, arts & crafts show, and plant sale.

     The information above from Gwenda Farrell, one of the founding members and the Club unofficial historian, 2007
      Updates provided by Debbie Sinclair, the Club President, May 2014

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