Thanking sponsors, unveiling new signs, tree planting, guided tours, children’s activities, free plants or coupons, plant sale, raffle and music. All welcome from 1:30 to 3:00 pm Saturday April 29th, 2017 at the Beban Learning Garden at Beban Park (beside the golf course with parking in the overflow lot), 2300 Bowen Rd. For info call 250-816-GROW (4769).
There is a brand new greenhouse at Beban Park! The Nanaimo Community Gardens Society built this greenhouse in late 2016 with help from sponsors, local businesses and volunteers. The large greenhouse and the surrounding area, known as the Beban Learning Gardens, are now ready to be unveiled to the public. This new garden is operated by Nanaimo Community Gardens to provide a place for education about growing organic food locally. Education will take place weekly at this site in the form of field trips, workshops, hands-on volunteerism, tours and plant sales.
The greenhouse is an unheated state-of-the-art facility that is used to grow food year round and provides a place for members to volunteer over the rainy winter months. In the spring, the greenhouse will be used to raise organic seedlings to be sold and donated to the community. Plant sales are used to fund the society’s educational activities in the community.
The Official Opening is an opportunity for Community Gardens to show off the new greenhouse and surrounding gardens, thank sponsors and reveal plans for Phase 2 of the Beban Learning Garden development. It is also an opportunity for the public to meet with directors and volunteers of the society.
All interested community members are invited to attend on Saturday April 29th from 1:30 to 3:00pm, rain or shine, to learn more about the site. The program will include a few words, an unveiling of new signs, a ceremonial tree planting, guided tours of the site and greenhouse, children’s activities, free plants or coupons, plant sale, raffle draw and music.
2017 is the first year that the greenhouse will be in use for growing seedlings. In the past, plants have been sold at the society’s downtown location but for the first time, the public is welcome to purchase plants from the greenhouse where the plants were actually grown. This is a great chance to see how diligent volunteers in the greenhouse care for the plants you are putting in your garden at home.
Volunteers will be selling an ever-changing variety of plants and seeds at the Official Opening and every Wednesday from May to mid June from 10am to noon at the Beban Learning Gardens.
Currently available seedlings, which can be transplanted outside right now, include lettuce, cress, arugula, herbs, kale, broccoli, Swiss chard and pac choi. As the weather warms, there will be leeks, onions, and other heat lovers including tomatoes, peppers, cukes, squash and tomatillos.
NCGS will be holding a raffle at the Official Opening to raise money for a permanent soil/compost storage set-up at the new site. Tickets will be sold through the month of April and the draw will take place at the end of the Official Opening event on April 29th.
For more information phone 250-816-GROW (4769) or email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit their website at www.nanaimocommunitygardens.ca .