Gardeners and nature lovers from around the region gathered Saturday at Castlegar’s 6th annual Garden and Nature Fest. Warm temperatures and bright sunshine brought out over 30 vendors and large crowds to the event.
Castlegar Communities in Bloom and the Castlegar Garden Club sponsored the event held in the Castlegar Complex parking area. Examples of local gardening expertise, plants and creativity were abundant.
Event organizer Darlene Kalawski was very pleased with the day. “It went beautifully. My understanding from the vendors that were there selling plants and so on, is that they had an incredibly great day. The weather was so cooperative. We had great plant suppliers from the Kootenay region. We were pleased with the people that came out to support the event. It’s a great event for Castlegar to have. It showcases all of the regional vendors that we have, that do such a great job in the gardening industry.”
City Councillors Deb Macintosh, Sue Heaton-Sherstibitoff, Kevin Chernoff, Bruno Tassone and Dan Rye along with Mayor Chernoff and Civic Works director Chris Barlow were on hand loading bags of free compost to a steady stream of cars and trucks. This is the second year the City of Castlegar has given away the free compost. The compost that was given away Saturday is about three years old and has been made from yard wastes collected from Castlegar residents. About 400 bags of quality compost have made their way to happy gardens around town.
Organizers are looking forward to growing and expanding the event in the future. Kalawski said they were hoping to add more interactive events, educational features and children’s activities to next years fest.