I say this every year and every year I feel it even more—this is absolutely my favourite time of the year.
The plants in our gardens get a reprieve from the summer heat and experience a second wind.
Watering becomes less an issue and many fruits such as peaches, grapes apples and kiwi are in abundance.
The lawn becomes lush again and soon the fall colour will spill out in its entire splendor.
It really is a time to enjoy the fruits of our efforts, a time to reflect as well on our successes and some of the challenges we experienced this season and learn from them.
If this is the year the gardening bug has bitten, perhaps it is time you became involved in the Kelowna Garden Club.
Fall is the perfect time of year to get a taste of what they do.
I just received this update from Jean Dangerfield, a member of the Kelowna Garden Club, and I would like to share it with you.
“September 1 brings the Kelowna Garden Club to its fall season. There will be four meetings from now until Christmas, each one of special interest to our members.
“The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., at the Branch 17 Senior’s Centre, 1353 Richter St. in Kelowna.
“On Sept. 14, the club will start to think about spring bulbs, as the meeting guest speaker will be Dianne Gaines, with the Van Noort Bulb Company.
“She will talk to club members about bulbs of all kinds, so while our gardens are put to bed for the winter we can already start dreaming about ideas for next spring.
“On Oct. 12, the garden club will have a very special speaker from Summerland, Jim Ginns, who will focus on two extremely talented ladies who were fascinated by mushrooms and left a significant legacy through their watercolour paintings.
“To find out who these ladies are, you will have to attend the talk.
“At that October meeting, there will also be an in-house plant sale. Club members will offer cuttings and pottings of their own specialties from their gardens.
“In November, one of the highlights of the garden club’s year takes place, a slide show of all of the club’s activities during 2011. It will be presented by Judy Runzer, past president of the Kelowna Garden Club.
“This is a beautiful powerpoint presentation, a wonderful way to see all of the many trips, shows, and gardens that club members were involved in over the past year.
“The club will wind up the year with a Christmas Pot Luck Dinner in December, with entertainment, door prizes and a prize for the best Christmas table centre.
“A day-long workshop is usually held in December as well to teach participants how to make a table centre.
“All in all, it is a busy agenda as garden club members both learn a lot and we have a lot of fun in the process.”
So if you want to become a club member, check out the web site at www. kelownagardenclub.ca.
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