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Kootenays, BC, Major Gardening Events

Garden Tours and Open Garden Days, Garden Festivals, Gardening Conferences and Workshops and more,  in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada


2013 Schedule - Archive

2012 Schedule - Archive


Garden Tours and Open Garden Days


Garden Festivals


Gardening Workshops


Plant Sales


CaGC Monthly Presentations


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



Kootenays Major Gardening Events 2013

 Garden Tours and Open Garden Days


Slocan Valley Arts Council

14th Slocan Valley Art and Garden Tour
Sunday, June 16,  2013

10 am – 4 pm

Organic market gardens, landscaped ponds, prolific family gardens and flowers everywhere - nine gorgeous valley gardens for you to discover from Slocan Park to the Village of Slocan.

 Local artists and musicians will be on hand throughout the day.

Tour brochures are available at local garden centres and on community bulletin boards. An online version is available at

Donations are gratefully accepted on site.

For more information contact Ruth Porter at 250-226-7349.

See the poster

See the map


Castlegar Garden Club

12th Annual Castlegar & Area Garden Tour

Sunday, June 23, 2013
9 am – 4 pm

Featuring gardens in Glade and Castlegar

Admission by donation

Brochures available locally or by email June 1st

More info:

or contact  Rose Cheveldave – 250.365.9600


Trail Garden Tour

Saturday, July 27, 2013
9 am – 3 pm

Tickets by donation at Ferraro Foods July 23-26
 Annette will hold tickets for anyone who can't pick them up before the day of the tour. Call her at 250-364-1806

More info: 250-364-1806

Grand Forks Art Gallery Society

Grand Forks and Greenwood Garden Tour
Saturday, July 6,  2013

9 am – 4 pm

Visit gardens in Grand Forks, Greenwood and along the way...

Tickets: $15/each available at
Gallery 2
Deadwood Junction
Greenwood Visitor Centre
Rags, Relics and Rutabagas
or one can reserve by calling 250-442-2211 or 250-442-5835

For an additional $20 you can ride the bus however, seating is limited, first come first served.

There are 12 stops on the garden tour in Grand Forks and Greenwood.

See the poster


Cranbrook Garden Club

17th Annual Open Garden Day
Sunday, July 7,  2013
10:00 am to 3:30 pm

    Tour at your own pace 6 diverse Gardens which feature local Artisans plus take in a Luncheon and Plant Sale!

    Garden Tour tickets are $10 available after June 22nd at Top Crop Garden, Farm & Pet and Lotus Books.

    From noon to 1:30 pm at Christ Anglican Church located at 46-13th Avenue South take in a Delicious Lunch provided by the Church women. Tickets $8 at the door (lower level).

    Plus there is a Plant Sale hosted by the Cranbrook Garden Club outside the Church in the Courtyard.


Kaslo Edible Garden Tour

Sunday, July 28, 2013




Kootenays Major Gardening Events 2013

Garden Festivals


West Kootenay Eco Society hosts

12thAnnual Nelson Garden Festival

 Mothers’ Day Weekend, Saturday May 11, 2013
10 am - 3 pm

Location: Baker and Kootenay Streets
Nelson, BC

    Everything wonderful for your garden!

    We've got more than 50 vendors this year bringing all kinds of bedding plants, seeds, perennials, trees, furniture, garden ornaments and more! All from the area's best gardeners and artisans.

Contact/Info:  Nelson Garden Festival organizer


6th Annual
Kaslo Garden Festival

Monday May 20, 2013
9 am - 3 pm 

Location: Kaslo Front Street Park

    Great array of plants including veggie starts and 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? Kaslo Garden Festival and Market

Castlegar Garden Club  and Castlegar Communities in Bloom are partnering to sponsor

4th Annual Castlegar Garden & Nature Fest

Saturday May 18, 2013
10 am - 3 pm

Location: Castlegar Community Complex, 2101 – 6th Avenue

    The prime focus is the abundance of local gardening talent and nature resources. Plants and gardens (wild and cultivated) will be featured, as well as farming, food production, organic growing, along with nature and the environment.
    Thirty-plus vendors will be offering rockery and dwarf conifers, wonderful roses, colourful shrubs, and bountiful baskets. Check out the large selection of garden-ready veggie starts and locally grown, organic perennials, wonderful home grown products….There will be an absolute abundance of plants! You can enjoy what our festival has to offer: plants and garden art, information booths showcasing local community organizations, great food and an ideal environment to sit, relax and enjoy the day.

Free admission

Registration Form

Guidelines for Participants

More info?

or contact Heather at 250.399.4439




Kootenays Major Gardening Events 2013

Gardening Workshops


Kootenay Wild

Grow Wild Workshop

Saturday, March 23, 2013
10 am – noon

Location: Selkirk College – Castlegar Campus

    Bring native plants to your garden or create a wildlife habitat. A popular, practical workshop featuring West Kootenay native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers. Go home with knowledge to start propagating your own native plants.

Cost $20 + HST for general public
$10 + HST for students


Kootenay Wild

Grow Wild Workshop

Saturday,  April 13, 2013
1 pm - 3 pm

 Location: New Denver, Hidden Garden Gallery

    A practical workshop featuring native shrubs, grasses and flowers. This workshop is for you if you are interested in using less water, creating wildlife habitat, or enhancing your garden. You will go home with knowledge to start propagating your own native plants. There will be coffee, tea and snacks.

 Cost $5

Call Margaret Hartley 250.358.2189 for details.

Food Forest Two-Day Workshop
with Richard Walker

Clear Sky, Cranbrook, BC, Canada

Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2013

The Food Forest Intensive Course includes:
An introduction to Food Forests
Design, site and layout principles
Soil and Plant Health

Learn how to combine layerings of perennial nuts, fruits and medicinals for an abundant and diverse food and medicine supply in your garden or on your farm.
Great for garden & food enthusiasts of all ages & experience levels.

More info




Kootenays Major Gardening Events 2013

Plant Sales


Castlegar Garden Club

Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 4, 2013
9 am - 12 noon

CPR Station Museum
400 - 13th Ave. Castlegar


or contact Rose Cheveldave – 250.365.9600

Cranbrook Garden Club

Plant Sale
Sunday, July 7,  2013
from noon to 1:30 pm.

  In the Courtyard outside the Christ Anglican Church located at 46 -13th Avenue South.

 For more information please email
or call 250-426-6177




Kootenays Major Gardening Events 2013

CaGC Monthly Presentations


Castlegar Garden Club presents

January 16, 2013 February 20, 2013 March 20,  2013 April 17, 2013

    Castlegar Garden Club guest speaker Jim Brockmeyer of Bluestem Nursery will give a presentation and slideshow Willows the Familiar Stranger.

    Castlegar Garden Club guest speaker Shanna Bowolin of Krestova, will share her Daylily photos, expertise and enthusiasm.

    Castlegar Garden Club guest speaker Sharon Lelliot will do a presentation on Hummingbirds. Sharon will discuss attracting, feeding, and banding of hummingbirds.

   Castlegar Garden Club members Nora Jukes and Holly Pender-Love will speak about Spring Flowers.


Events take place on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Castlegar Community Complex, 2101 – 6thAvenue
Everyone welcome

More info: Rose Cheveldave 250.365.9600 /


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