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
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.
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.
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.