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Burnett: Gardening club active in the city

The Kelowna Garden Club is an active and energetic organization of men and women with many diversified talents and backgrounds, from growing prize roses, container gardening, raising tomatoes and African violets to designing beautiful bouquets of home grown flowers or patio pots.

The club holds its meetings on the second Wednesday of each month from March through June, and in the fall from September to December.

At each meeting there’s parlour show—a display of the seasonal flowers and plants grown by members.

There are trophies presented throughout the year for prize exhibits. Some of the members are highly qualified designers and judges, and workshops are offered to assist members in learning different aspects of growing and exhibiting flowers and plants.

At each meeting there are door prizes and refreshments provided by members.

Well-known speakers are invited to speak at the meetings to give invaluable advice on subjects such as soil preparation, propagating, growing individual species, xeriscapes and pond building to name a few.

We also offer several excursions or day trips to various gardens and nurseries throughout the valley and the province each year.

Our annual plant sale is always a huge success.  It is one of our main fund raising events.

This year it will be held on April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Guisichan Heritage Garden. Our members bring their “specialties” and we always have master gardeners on hand to give advice.

One of the most popular community events of the year is the annual juried flower show at Guisichan Heritage Garden with prizes and trophies awarded for the many categories.

In addition, we have displays of art work and bonsai and flower design demonstrations.

Throughout the summer, members of our club open their gardens to other members to visit and learn.

They range from small backyards to small acreages—from vegetable gardens to xeriscape, lush rose gardens to old English gardens.

There is always something interesting to see and so much to learn.

Whether you are a beginner or a life-long “green-thumber,” and would like to join the Kelowna Garden Club, you are welcome to come to the first meeting on March 9 at the Seniors Center Branch 17, 1353 Richter Street in Kelowna. Come at 7 p.m. to sign up.

The meeting  starts at 7:30 p.m. Annual memberships cost $15 for single memberships and $18 for family memberships.

For more information, go to www.kelownagardenclub.ca or call Jean Dangerfield 250-764-0620 or Rosemary Botner at 250-769-2836.

There are still a few seats available in my classes held at the UBC campus:

Pruning—March 5 11a.m. to 1.p.m.

Trees and Shrubs (woody ornamentals)—March 12

Plants and Flowers (herbaceous ornamentals) March 19

Roses—March 26

Home landscape design—April 2

For more info or to register call UBC Continuing Studies at 250-807-9289 or go to www.ubc.ca/okanagan/continuingstudies.

Also  check out my You Tube super-fast landscape project by Googling Random Acts of Creativity—Horticulture

Tune in to The Don Burnett Garden Show on AM 1150 News Talk Sports Saturday mornings from 8:00 to 10 or log on at www.am1150.

 

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