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15th Annual Garden Tour, Show And Sale

The Ladysmith Rotary Club is proud to announce the 15th Annual Garden Tour, Sale and Show on Sunday, May 27.

The self-guided tour of nine gardens offers both the creations of local gardeners, and an opportunity to learn from these outdoor enthusiasts. The gardens range from creative, in-town gardens that maximize the available space to beautifully landscaped waterfront acreage in Yellow Point.

This year there will be a local artist present at each garden giving a festive flair to the event.

Two gardens new to the Rotary Garden Tour are about 5 years in the making. Gillian Ames’ garden on Delcourt is a relatively small suburban garden on a corner lot. Lovely meandering little pathways out front are surrounded by a variety of plants and shrubs. Out back of house there is a lovely pond, fruit trees and raised beds for vegetable production. After her husband passed away in 2003, Ames found working in the garden therapeutic and the results are lovingly shown here. Her garden project grew as friends and neighbours starting dropping off plants, saying ”I know you can make this grow.”

The garden on Judith’s Run is part of a large acreage in a rural woodland setting. Numerous varieties of trees and shrubs are spread throughout the property with a large waterfall and stream adding structure and focus.Yvette Lantz is the gardener as well as the artist on site.

The Show and Sale begins at 8:45am at Aggie Hall on First Avenue in Ladysmith, and offers a delicious $3 continental breakfast. Local garden-related businesses will have items for sale all day.

Experts will provide their gardening expertise and leadership on the birds, bees, what works or not throughout the Island communities; speakers will inform you about the many aspects of successfully gardening with details on how to enhance garden soil organically, with beautiful results plus helpful tips and to do’s for making your own garden the best it can be.

This is an opportunity for gardeners of all skill levels to admire gardens otherwise unavailable to them. The gardens open up at 10am; garden visitors will receive their maps and brochures in the morning at Aggie Hall. Many garden visitors will benefit by getting fresh ideas and feeling enthusiasm and joy of tending a garden.

Ames Garden in Ladysmith featured on Ladysmith Rotary Garden Tour

The raffle this year features 3 prizes – a patio heater, two cedar lawn chairs and a beautiful outdoor bird fountain from Black Door Decor of Ladysmith. Raffle tickets are on sale now through Rotary members and remaining tickets will be sold on the day of the tour. Raffle draw is at 3pm at Aggie Hall.

All proceeds from the event go to support Rotary’s good work and worthy projects. The Garden Tour, Show and Sale is organized by the Rotary Club of Ladysmith members; as a team of volunteers they provide support for local projects including bookshelves at the Ladysmith Resources Centre, 30 new tables for non-profit groups to use through the Frank Jameson Community Centre, roofing shelters at the new sports field for players and fund raising for a spectator roof. Numerous other local grants of Rotary funds and worthy causes include the Food Bank, seniors, children and youth programs, relief with Disaster Aid Canada and funds for global community. International Rotary supports efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, partnering to address water issues and much more.

Tickets for the Self-Guided Tour are $15 available from Rotary members, at the Phoenix Restaurant, 49th Parallel Grocery or at the door.

Meet our H & G experts

Marilyn Jackson Higgs opens her amazing Ladysmith Home Glass Gallery May 1 at 281 Dogwood Drive. It is definitely worth a visit to see how Marilyn combines stained glass, mosaics, mirrors and beads to bring glitter, light and magic the home or garden. Choose from light catchers, stained glass windows, mosaics, beautiful plates, and fused glass for that perfect gift in all price ranges. Marilyn also works on commission so if you don’t see what you want, she’ll know how to make it for you. Opening May 1, Tues.-Sat. 10 am – 6 pm, or call 250-245-4102, mjhiggs [at] shaw [dot] ca

Some of Marilyn Jackson Higgs amazing stained glass art

John Hall moved to the Island six years ago after selling his yacht repair business in Richmond. Having been involved in buying and renovating two houses on the mainland and one over here he decided to start a small home improvement business with local Ladysmith resident John Richards. With JR’s background in renovations, framing and siding and JH’s in renovations, custom wood work and finishing, between the two of them they offer a complete guaranteed service dedicated to the principle that old fashioned customer satisfaction is their number one goal.

John Richards and John Hall

Gardening time has arrived, have you ever thought of collecting the rainwater? Rainwater is the best water for your garden, and it allows you to save on your metered water bill. Rainwater can be a supplement to municipal or well water allowing more use during water restrictions. A 2000 sq ft roof can generate approximately 41,000 gallons of reuseable water per year locally.

“We have everything needed for rainwater harvesting in stock”, says Tonia Townsend ABC Water Systems Ltd.

Beyond Decor!

Spring is finally here! After a dreary winter most people are in the mood to make changes both inside and out. Call Jacinta Shelling of Beyond Decor to discuss the latest colour and home design trends. She enjoys doing exterior styles as well and is pleased to have the opportunity to work with local builders and developers on new locally built homes on Parks Place.

Nanaimo Pump & Motor is a full service pump and water treatment shop.

They are provincially certified to install deep well pumps and their technician is also a licensed electrician, fully trained to troubleshoot your pump problems. If you have water quality issue, they can test your water and recommend effective treatment options. Specializing in: Deep Well Submersibles, constant Pressure Systems, Whole House Water Treatment, Cistern Systems and Conversions.

Nestled in charming old town Chemainus you will find Sandpiper Garden and Glass. A unique combination of a brilliant garden centre, landscape and maintenance service as well as an ICBC glass replacement centre for automotive, glazing for home and commercial windows. Chemainus’ Destination Garden Shop, the Garden centre offers year round gardening supplies. Bulbs, shrubs, roses, hostas, annuals and perennials as well a selection of pots and garden statuary are tucked among Bamboo, and trees ready to be planted in your garden.

Do you have trouble trying to decide what type of window treatments to use in your home? Does the thought of coordinating colours and fabrics frighten you? Well, you can relax, help is only a phone call away. At NikkiDesigns headed by Nikki MacCallum they are experts in finding just the right decorating solutions for your space. From Roman shades and roller blinds to slipcovers and bedding, they have been designing, creating and installing custom soft furnishings for over 15 years. Call Nikki at 250 245 4238 to book your free consultation today.

With over 30 years of pond experience, The Concrete Jungle can either build or teach you how to build pretty much any type of pond or water feature. They use state of the art equipment and materials and carry fish, pumps, filtration, liners, lighting, plants and much more. A one stop shop, the Concrete Jungle has Nanaimo’s largest selection of concrete garden ornaments, bird baths, fountains, arbors, gates, weather vanes, and much more. Closed Sundays. 211 Nicol Street, Nanaimo, 250-591-4589,


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Marina is Editor of TAKE 5 Magazine.