Best sale yet, says Garden Club

The Castlegar Garden Club is calling last weekend’s plant sale their most successful ever, thanks to the generosity of members who provided the plants and the shoppers who cleaned the sale out.

  • May. 11, 2011 6:00 p.m.

The Castlegar Garden Club is calling last weekend’s plant sale their most successful ever, thanks to the generosity of members who provided the plants and the shoppers who cleaned the sale out.

Many shoppers were lined up before the sale opened at 9 a.m., club president Dorothy Kaytor said.

The annual event has taken place at the Castlegar Station Museum for the last 15 years, at least.

“This is such a great spot because it works rain or shine,” Kaytor said, which was lucky because it was raining for a good portion of the day.

Kaytor said local gardeners are attracted to the yearly sale because they know the products their selling.

“We’ve got seasoned gardeners that can give advice and can refer to books,” she said. To make the shopping experience easier, the club separated the plants into sections such as sun, shade, annual and perennial for the new gardener.

“The attraction is that people know they’re getting plants that grow local and have come from local gardens so they’re healthy,” she said.

With the club’s largest fundraiser now out of the way, they’re focusing on this Saturday’s Garden and Nature Fest. The second annual event is a partnership with the club and Communities in Bloom and will be located at the Millennium Walkway and Twin Rivers Park.

The Castlegar Garden Club will have more plants for sale, and other vendors will provide shrubs, trees, mosaics, metal art, herbs and tinctures. There are 40 vendors in total.

New this year is the addition of food vendors and entertainment.

The Garden and Nature Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, email castlegargardenfest@shaw.ca or call 250-399-4439.