We're very excited at RCR that it's that time of year again! Community gardeners are sweeping the cobwebs out of their sheds, building new raised beds and planting seeds. Here are updates from some of the gardens that have public events in the next few weeks that green and not-so-green thumbs alike will have a great time at! These events are open to the public and new participants are welcome. If your community garden group wants an event promoted too, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fingers crossed for nice weather for them this weekend and happy gardening!
CGA RabbitTown Community Garden
The official opening of the RabbitTown Community Garden will be this Sunday, May 29 rain or shine. Come on out and get involved and lets get our 2011 growing season started! We will be planting cool weather crops. Hope to see there!
12:30pm - 2:00pm
RabbitTown Community Garden on Graves Street in St. John's
All for one harvest, one harvest for all!
Western Environment Centre (WEC) Community Garden
Gardening Q & A and Seed Sharing Workshop with Elder Ferrin Leavitt Wednesday, June 1 @ 7:30 pm Location: College of the North Atlantic, Room 207, Corner Brook
RSVP to email@example.com Space is limited to 25 participants!
Registration is free for WEC members and $5 for non-members. (Annual WEC membership fee is $10, more membership info on WEC's website)
This gardening workshop will follow an interactive question and answer format. We want you to go away with answers to your questions!
For more event information visit the facebook event.
Please join us at the Pippy Park Family Garden in St. John's on Sunday, June 5th for our first official event of the summer.
The theme is seeds!
Enjoy stories, songs and a workshop on seed selection hosted by Sarah Crocker (of the Seed to Spoon Organic Farm Collective)! Activities will be occurring from 1:00-2:30pm.
Know of any families that might be interested in participating? Pass it on!
Would-be weeders and planters of all ages are also invited. Spare hands and enthusiasm are welcome, most certainly!
MUN Botanical Garden
As always there is so much happening at the MUN Botanical Garden! For a full listing of events visit the MUN Botanical Garden events page. Also don't forget to check out their workshop schedule and family programs. Upcoming events include:
Newfoundland Horticultural Society Spring Flower Show May 28, noon - 5; May 29, 10 am - 4pm Members of the society welcome spring with a beautiful display of spring flowers. This popular annual event takes place in the display room of the Garden’s Field Centre. Free Admission.
Signs of Spring Family Program May 29, 10 am – 4 pm Spring has arrived at MUN Botanical Garden! The snow has melted, flowers are blooming, and ducklings have made an appearance on Oxen Pond once again. A variety of crafts, stories, activities, nature hikes and excursions to Oxen Pond to feed the ducks will be provided throughout the day. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Friends of the Garden Plant Sale June 4, 10am - 12pm This popular annual fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of MUN Botanical Garden. Come early for a good selection. A limited variety of garden or outdoor plants including heaths, heathers, rhododendrons and some perennials available. Help the Friends help support MUN Botanical Garden. Plant lists will not be available until Saturday, June 4
Seniors Day at MUN Botanical Garden June 16, 10 am – 3 pm Free Admission, transportation, refreshments and tours are available as part of the 11th Annual Seniors’ Day at the Garden. Sponsored by the Friends of the Garden. More details on this event here.
Memorial University Community Garden
The Memorial University Community Garden will be hosting workshops throughout the summer that are free and open to anyone. Please confirm your participation to firstname.lastname@example.org at least a week before the workshop. Each workshop will need more than five participants to be offered. For full information on the garden and workshop schedule, visit the Memorial University Community Garden's website. The first two workshops are:
Monday June 6th, Queen's College, 4028, 4-6 PM - Seed Selection, Starting, and Swapping (Sarah Crocker)
Learn how to select the right seeds for your climate & tastes, with local and mail order resources. We'll share tips on seed starting techniques that work & welcome seed savers to swap!
Monday July 4th, Queen's College, 4028, 4-6 PM - Companion Planting (Fatima Hammond)
Companion planting means putting plants together in the garden that help each other out. This introductory workshop covers the selection and cultivation of plants which repel insect and bug pests in our gardens and generally improves the condition of your crop. Some combinations are even known for improving the flavour of produce – like basil does for tomatoes.