Gardens growing gloriously

Upcoming garden tour a sure bet for a Castlegar-area green thumbs.

Pictured is one of the stops along the 2013 garden tour.

Pictured is one of the stops along the 2013 garden tour.

Garden lovers: set aside June 22 for the Castlegar and Area Garden Tour. Other discretionary appointments can have another date as you take in the fruits of area green-thumbs’ labors of love.

The tour will encompass gardens in Castlegar, Robson and Ootischenia and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. Admission to the self-guided event is a by donation to the Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of the tour arranged by the Castlegar Garden Club, and the theme is ‘Gardening Beyond Borders.’ The tour, as the club puts it, “celebrates the diversity of gardens and gardeners with a dazzling blend of horticultural joy. Anyone can garden and everywhere is a potential gardening site. All that’s needed is a passion for gardening.”

The passion ought to be easily transferrable as tour-takers take in the work completed at locations including: Castle Wood Village, Dawn’s Early Rising Sunshine Café, and Windborne B & B, proving that gardening is not limited to a residential front and/or back yard.

Tailor your itinerary to get you to Zibin’s Ootischenia oasis between 10 and noon and you’ll enjoy the Wind River Flute Quartet. See artists at work at Windborne B & B in Robson. Discover the plant lover’s courtyard and new art gallery at Dawn’s Early Rising Sunshine Café.

Innovation and the magic that’s sparked by serendipity highlight this year’s Garden Tour. As you meander down the garden path, let your imagination run wild . . . inspire, engage, flourish. Images will linger long after the Garden Tour is over.

For pure pleasure and a fresh perspective on the magic of art and gardens savour the wonderfully original and richly imaginative sculptures in this year’s Castlegar Sculpture Walk. It is sure to capture the hearts of both gardeners and art lovers. Sculptures grace the entrance to Castle Wood Village; across Columbia Avenue; City Hall abounds with a multitude of sculptures and ornamental grasses.

Tour brochures and maps available at local businesses or by email.

For further information: castlegargardenclub@shaw.ca