List of some of many garden events planned throughout B.C. this spring

List of some of many garden events planned throughout B.C. this spring

Breadcrumb Trail Links Life Gardening Opinion: There are more than 200 clubs in B.C. and

Opinion: There are more than 200 clubs in B.C. and over 14,000 members who are all looking forward to an exciting gardening year ahead.

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In B.C. we are fortunate to have many garden clubs and plant specific groups, like the rhododendron, alpine and desert plant societies, who promote the use of plants and trees in our communities.

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During the past two years, it’s been difficult for these groups to meet, other than through social media platforms, like Zoom, because of all the COVID-19-related issues. As meeting restrictions are being lifted, however, many associations are beginning to meet again and to plan events.

Annual fundraising plants sales and other plant-related events, organized by garden clubs, are hugely popular, and many of these events are an important source of revenue for the community and/or educational programs these clubs support.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Cindy Tataryn, the first vice-president of the B.C. Council of Garden Clubs, about the numerous activities planned for this year. There are more than 200 clubs in B.C. and over 14,000 members who are all looking forward to an exciting gardening year ahead.

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A South Surrey Garden Club plant show.
A South Surrey Garden Club plant show. Photo by South Surrey Garden Club /PNG

The following is a list of just some of the many garden events planned throughout the province this spring. Some clubs are requesting that masks be worn, so please arrive at all events prepared to follow COVID precautions that may be in place.

Many plant sales are cash only and workshops events may require advanced ticket purchases. For more information please visit each club’s website or Facebook page.

Please note, many garden associations and community groups are planning summer events as well, so keep watch for more exciting things to come.

B.C. garden club spring plant sales and garden-themed events

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Until April 23

Where: Venues throughout Vancouver

More info: vcbf.ca

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David Douglas Botanical Garden Society Online Seed Sale

When: Until April 30

Where: Prince George

More info: shop.ddbotgarden.bc.ca

Groot Garden ‘Year of the Garden’ Sunflower Project

When: April through May

Where: Vancouver

More info: [email protected]

Farmers on 57th Grow Your Own Food Course

When: Starting April 12; registration required

Where: 57th and Heather Street, Vancouver

More info: farmerson57th.ca

Alpine Garden Club of B.C. Spring Show & Sale

When: April 16, Noon to 3 p.m.

Where: The Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 37th and Oak St., Vancouver

More info: agc-bc.ca/shows-sales

Fraser Valley Dahlia Society Tuber Sale

When: April 16, 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m.

Where: Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford

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More info: fraservalleydahliasociety.ca

Darts Hill Garden Park Plant Sales

When: April 23-24 and May 28-29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Darts Hill Garden Park, 1633 170th St., Surrey

More info: dartshill.ca

Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Show & Sale

When: April 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Qualicum Beach Curling Club, 644 Memorial Ave.

More info: marsrhodos.ca

North Island Rhododendron Society

When: April 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: K’ómoks First Nation Hall, 3320 Comox Rd. (Dyke Road), Comox

More info: nirsrhodos.ca/ws

Chilliwack Garden Club Plant Sale

When: April 30, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Cooke’s Presbyterian Church, 45825 Wellington Ave.

More info: chilliwackgardenclub.com

Dunbar Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale

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When: April 30, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Carport 3806-West 37th (at Highbury/37th), Vancouver

More Info: [email protected]

Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens Spring Plant Sale

When: April 30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Summerland Ornamental Gardens, 4200 Highway 97 S.

More Info: summerlandgardens.org

Gibsons Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

When: April 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Gibsons Community Centre, 700 Park Rd.

More info: gibsonsgardenclub.ca

Kelowna Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

When: April 30, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Guisachan Heritage Park, 1060 Cameron Ave.

More info: kelownagardenclub.ca

Langley Garden Club Annual Spring Show and Sale

When: April 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Where: Southridge Fellowship Church, 22756-48th Ave.

More info: Facebook: Langley Garden Club

Maple Ridge Garden Club Plant Sale

When: April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Golden Ears Cheesecrafters, 22270-128 Ave.

More info: Facebook: Maple Ridge Garden Club

North Surrey Horticultural Society Plant Sale

When: April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Grace Community Church, 14618-110 Ave.

More info: Facebook: North Surrey Horticultural Society

Peninsula Garden Club Spring Plant Sale

When: April 30, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Mary Winspear Center, 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney

More info: peninsulagardenclub.ca

South Burnaby Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

When: April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: All Saints Anglican Church, 7405 Royal Oak Ave.

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More info: southburnabygardenclub.ca

Williams Lake Seedy Saturday

When: April 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Recreation Centre, 525 Proctor St.

More info: [email protected], [email protected]

North Thompson Valley Garden Club

When: May 5, 12 and 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Barrière Farmers Market, 4307 Southern Yellowhead Hwy.

Victoria Cactus and Succulent Society Spring Show and Sale

When: May 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Church of the Advent, 510 Mount View Ave., Colwood

More info: Facebook: Victoria Cactus & Succulent Society

Armstrong and District Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Armstrong Farmer’s Market at the Armstrong Fairgrounds, 3315 Pleasant Valley Rd.

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More info: armstronggardenclub.com

Burnaby Rhododendron and Gardens Society Plant Sale at the Burnaby Blooms Festival

When: May 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Deer Lake Park, 6450 Deer Lake Ave.

More info: brags.ca

Dogwood Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

When: May 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Hillcrest Middle School, 2161 Regan St., Coquitlam

More info: dogwoodgardenclub.weebly.com

Enderby and District Garden Club Plant and Manure Sale

When: May 7, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Lion’s Gazebo, Riverside Park, 300 Kildonan Ave.

More info: Facebook: Enderby & District Garden Club

Pitt Meadows Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: The Church Hall, corner of Ford and Harris roads

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Richmond Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 7, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Ikea Richmond parking lot, 3320 Jacombs Rd.

More info: richmondgardenclub.ca

Sooke Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Evergreen Centre, 6660 Sooke Rd.

More info: sookegardenclub.ca

South Surrey Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 7, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 12953-20th Ave.

More info: southsurreygardenclub.ca

Vancouver Shade Garden Society at the Burnaby Blooms Festival

When: May 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Shadbolt Centre at Deer Lake Park

More info: Facebook: Vancouver Shade Garden Society

Vernon and District Garden Club Annual Sale

When: May 7, 8 to 11 a.m.

Where: 4601-27th St., Home Hardware-Home Building Centre parking lot

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More info: vernongardenclub.ca

View Royal Garden Club (Greater Victoria) Spring Plant Sale

When: May 7, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: View Royal Town Hall parking lot, 45 View Royal Ave., Victoria

More info: viewroyalgardenclub.ca

West Vancouver Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Gleneagles Community Center, 6262 Marine Dr., West Vancouver

More info: westvangardenclub.com

White Rock and District Garden Club Plant and Bake Sale

When: May 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Ocean Park Hall, 1577 128 St., Surrey

More info: whiterockgardenclub.ca

Gardens at Anderton Opening Day and Mother’s Day Celebration

When: May 8

Where: 2012 Anderton Rd., Comox

More info: gardensonanderton.org

Campbell River Garden Club Plant Sale

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When: May 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Campbell River Community Hall, 401 11th Ave.

More info: campbellrivergardenclub.com

Cowichan Valley Annual Plant Sale

When: May 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: 3440 Gibbins Rd., Duncan

More info: [email protected]

Nanaimo Horticultural Society Plant Sale

When: May 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Nanaimo North Town Centre, 4750 Rutherford Rd.

More info: nanaimohort.org

New Westminster Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale

When: May 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: St. Thomas More Collegiate, 7450-12th Ave., Burnaby

More info: [email protected]

PoCo Garden Club Spring Plant Sale

When: May 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Trinity United Church, 2211 Prairie Ave.

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More info: Facebook: The Poco Garden Club

Powell River Garden Club Plant Sale Tour

When: May 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Multiple locations

More info: Facebook: Powell River Garden Club

Vancouver Ikebana Association Spring Show

When: May 14 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 15 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

More info: [email protected]

Victoria Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale/Centenary Legacy Project

When: May 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Garth Homer Society, 813 Darwin Ave., Victoria

More info: vichortsociety.org/centenary/

Pacific North West Palm and Exotic Plant Society Sale

When: May 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Phoenix Perennial Garden Centre Parking Lot, 3380 No. 6 Rd., Richmond

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More info: [email protected]

Gardens that Heal — Vancouver Island: Exploring Nature Close to Home Workshop

When: June 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: North Qualicum

More info: [email protected]

Gwynne Vaughan Park Annual Plant Sale and Garden Party

When: June 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: 46181 Hope River Rd. (at Williams Road), Chilliwack

More info: gwynnevaughanpark.ca

Vancouver Rose Society 66th Show

When: June 12, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: The Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden, 37th and Oak St.

More info: vancouverrosesociety.org

Kamloops Garden Club Rose and Flower Show and Tea

When: June 18, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Heritage House, 100 Lorne St. (Riverside Park)

More info: Facebook: Kamloops Garden Club

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Desert Plant Society of Vancouver Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale

When: June 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 37th and Oak St., Vancouver

More info: Facebook: Desert Plant Society of Vancouver

Fraser Pacific Rose Society: Year of the Garden, ‘Garden When You Can’

When: June 25, 1 to 5 p.m. and June 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Dogwood Pavilion 1655 Winslow St., Coquitlam

More info: fprosesociety.org

Port Moody Police Community Garden Summer Solstice Event

When: June 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: 3051 St. John’s St.

More info: Facebook: Port Moody Police Department Community Garden

Victoria Lily Society’s Summer Show, Sale and Tea

When: July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Broad View United Church at 2625 Arbutus Rd.

More info: victorialilysociety.ca

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