Those who have tried their hand at growing fruit and vegetables in our community know it presents a number of challenges. So where to turn with questions or a thirst for knowledge? Books and internet forums offer a great starting point, but what better way to learn than visiting some successful gardens in your own neighborhood?
Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook is excited to announce Kimberley’s first Edible Garden Tour. Not to be confused with the visual treat offered by the Garden Club’s Tour last weekend, this event focuses primarily on the plants you can eat. The diverse collection of properties ranges from large gardens providing much of the year’s fresh produce to artistic spaces incorporating edibles and ornamentals. You’ll see tried, tested and true watering and rain barrel systems, compost bins, and many varieties of vegetables. There are also some great examples of different wildlife fencing options – the starting point for any garden in Kimberley!
No matter where you live, there’s sure to be a garden nearby. From Wycliffe to St Mary’s, Townsite to Meadowbrook – you can choose to visit the gardens that share your microclimate, are biking distance, or the ones that appeal to you most. To preview the gardens, visit www.wildsight.ca/growing-community and access the map with descriptions.
The Edible Garden Tour will run on Thursday, August 9th from 5-9pm. It is free and open to everyone, though please be sure your young ones are supervised, and your four-legged friends are left at home. It’s a good idea to pack your own snacks and water, as there won’t be anything available at the gardens.
The evening is sure to be inspiring and fun with learning opportunities for all. Event organizer, Jessica Windle says, “the most exciting part is building a strong network of vegetable gardeners in our community.” This event is part of the Growing Community project funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The project is working to create knowledge sharing and mentoring relationships across the generations to nurture the important skill set of growing and preserving food.
For more information call Jessica at (250) 427-2535 ext 223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org