Celebrate spring by planting a row
Spring is in the air. Which means it's time for gardeners in New Westminster and Burnaby to get their hands dirty in the soil.
To help kick off the planting season, New Westminster Plant a Row Grow a Row is hosting their 14th annual Spring Gardeners' Party on Thursday, 6 p.m. at St. Thomas More Collegiate, 7450 12th Ave. in Burnaby.
From the seeds of just a handful of gardeners gathering to sow their seeds and help others, the event has sprouted to attract more than 100 enthusiasts eager to stab their spades into the earth and learn valuable tips from experts like Brian Minter, the national spokesperson for Plant A Row Grow A Row.
"It's important to get advice from professionals, to not make mistakes," says Claude LeDoux, the host of the party, and the local organizer of the effort in which gardeners donate a portion of their crop to the Food Bank for distribution.
Other speakers include Conway Lum, who will give advice on growing honey berries, Pasquale Porico who will talk about mason bees, Sharon Hanna on kale and Mike Lascelle will offer a tour on unexpectedly edible flowers and leaves. To help make the labour a little easier, June Hewko from Lee Valley Tools will also present some of the latest gardening tools and gadgets.
Admission to the party is free, although there will be a collection of non-perishable food items for the Food Bank