Garden workshops focus on perennials

The fifth workshop in the One World Garden Series, The Magic of Perennials, is coming October 4, to Kimberley and Cranbrook.

  • Oct. 2, 2013 4:00 p.m.

The fifth workshop in the One World Garden Series, The Magic of Perennials, is coming up Thursday, October 4, 10 a.m. to noon in Kimberley and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Cranbrook. Those interested should note the change of timing to daytime, mid-week for this session.

Organizers are advising that a hands-on experience is planned this month, so if English is not your most comfortable language, it will be easier to follow this workshop.

“The Magic of Perennials” will focus on some of the food-producing perennials that grow in this region, and the care required to prepare for bountiful harvests next year.

As this time of year is a good time for transplanting — whether you’re moving things around in your garden or putting in new plants — some tricks to lessen the shock on plants will be revealed.

The goal of the workshop series is to increase the local capacity for growing food by offering a place where immigrants or people new to gardening can learn more about growing food locally while gaining hands-on experience and exchanging skills with local members of the community.

The Kimberley workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to  noon at Cominco Community Garden, located at Cominco Gardens in Townsite, and in Cranbrook from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Public Produce Garden in Eric MacKinnon Park.

This is the fifth workshop in a six-part series.

As part of the Welcoming Communities project, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Cranbrook Food Action Committee and Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook have teamed up to provide these gardening workshops for free.  This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

The workshops are free but require registration. To register, in Cranbrook: cranbrookfood@gmail.com or call 250-427-7981. In Kimberley: shannon@wildsight.ca or call 250-427-2535 ext 223.