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Garden tour returns

The Ladysmith Rotary Club is proud to announce the 14th Annual Garden Tour, Sale and Show on Sunday, May 29.  The self-guided tour of about ten gardens features the creations of local gardeners as well as the opportunity to learn from these outdoor enthusiasts. 
The Show and Sale begins at 8:45am at Aggie Hall on First Avenue in Ladysmith, and offers a $3 continental breakfast.  Local garden-related businesses will exhibit items for sale all day.
Experts will provide their gardening expertise and leadership on what works and does not work throughout the Island communities; Speakers begin around 9am and will inform you on how to enhance garden soil organically and other gardening tips and to do’s for your own garden.
Eight to 10 gardens are featured on the tour this year. Amongst them is the  Memorial Gardens behind the Ladysmith Health Care Unit. Volunteers from the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary maintain the gardens and meet there every Wednesday morning.  The rhodos should be out in time for the tour and they put on a great show.
Another remarkable garden is on Gatacre Street in Ladysmith. This level town garden is both unusual and full of surprises. The totally graveled surface keeps the maintenance effort down for Wendi and Michael Wagge. The front has a variety of lavenders and a maple with a story to tell. In back the gardener reveals imagination in its blend of nature and whimsey. See the “heather” bed. Even the kitchen sink is here!
Debbie and Harold Rutti’s two-acre garden is a combination of forest, garden beds and treed lawns. Guests enter between a logging arch and a mature Harry Lauder walking stick. One cannot miss the farm flavour of the property with its variety of old equipment. A pond, fountains, and large mounded bed are the central feature of the rear garden. Name an ornamental tree and you may find it here. You will see oak, redwood, catalpa, sambuka, desert ash among them.  A variety of perennials also abound.
Start you day early so you have enough time to visit all the gardens. The tour provides a unique opportunity to visit private gardens and meet the owners. The gardens open at 10am; garden visitors will received their maps and brochures in the morning at Aggie Hall. Many garden visitors will benefit from the tour by getting fresh ideas and feeling enthusiasm and joy of tending a garden. There will  be a variety of Vendors at the Aggie Hall selling their Garden Plants and Garden Items .
Tickets sales support Rotary’s good work and are priced at $15 each; they are available in advance from club members, and at the 49th Parallel Grocery Store in Ladysmith and as well as at Aggie Hall on the day of the event.
Rotary fundraising dollars go to worthy projects and social/community needs. Call 250 245-4384 or 250-245-3732 or contact Ladysmith Rotarians to get more details about the Garden Tour.

Debbie and Harry Rutti's garden featured on the Ladysmith Rotary Garden Tour

Debbie and Harry Rutti’s garden featured on the Ladysmith Rotary Garden Tour

Our local Home & Garden experts give some advice

Beyond Decor has been in operation for three years. Ninety per cent of her clients are local and it is a pleasure to work within the community.
When they do a project for a client and they say “I love it! I would have never thought of that” it makes their day.
While they keep abreast of the latest trends they believe that good design is about imagination and surrounding yourself with items that you truly enjoy and are functional.
Their favourite trends this Spring are:
– Colour hotter than ever and the bolder the better (deep purple, corals, soft pink, blue, sunny yellow and greys.)
– Wallpaper – you can find some fabulous prints, metallic hints and retro designs.
– Drapes in fluid sheers and silks add elegance and can even be used in the gazebo.
– Chic Eclectic – It is fun to mix different styles and pieces – a very “flexible” way to decorate. Large pictures not to scale that make a statement.

John Surtees is a realtor for Re/Max Ocean Pointe Realty in Ladysmith.
What are the five features home buyers look for when purchasing a home?
* Exterior of home has been well kept: Clean gutters and fix downspouts, power washed walk ways, exterior paint is fresh, roof is clear of moss. First impressions count and maintenance issues add up in cost over time.
* Finishes and materials: Once a buyer knows their price range they can determine what the standard for finishes are expected in that price point.
* Major systems: Take a look at the heating/air conditioner unit, hot water heater, and other major systems as these can be expensive to repair or replace.
* Kitchen: The layout and flow will determine how functional the space is. Pay attention to the appliances, quality and quantity of cabinets, condition of counters and abundance of lighting
* Bathroom amenities: Similarly to the kitchen, look at the bathroom plumbing fixtures, shower/tub to see what condition these amenities are in.

It is spring, a time to bring out the toys and tools that have been in hibernation all winter. It’s always a good idea to maintain equipment that is relied upon. But if it won’t start you may need help. A&B Alternator & Starters has been established since 1985 and enjoys a reputation of customer service, quality workmanship, and reasonable prices. A&B is in business to fix what the customer already has and thereby save money.
They service lawn and garden equipment, marine, ATV’s Light/Heavy Duty, industrial as well as import and domestic vehicle alternators and starters  are repaired or rebuilt on site usually the same day. If time is an issue, stocked units ready to go are available and units can be ordered as needed. A&B offers overhaul services for all alternator and starter needs. http://www.AandB.ca
Granby Bobcat Service Ltd. is focused on customer satisfaction with every aspect of the job, from listening to what our customer wants, checking in with the customer as the job progresses to be sure it is what they envisioned, making sure the job is finished in a timely manner and fair pricing. They are equipped with machines that are perfect for working around existing buildings and landscaping with minimal impact; a skidsteer (the machine that most people think of as a “bobcat) and a small excavator, yet are also capable of bigger jobs such as site prep, foundation digs, stacked large rock walls, road building and land clearing. They are lifetime residents of this area and proud to run a local company serving the residential and commercial neighbors.

Ladysmith Flowers & Gift Shop is located in the historic Hall Building at 320 First Avenue between First Avenue Barbers and TNT Tattoos. Their professional staff will design and deliver the same day for you from our fresh selection of cut flowers and plants.
Looking for a quick, economical way to change or freshen up your home décor? Think of a lovely vase of fresh flowers gracing your home.  Or a permanent display coordinating with your colour scheme.  Visit our shop and bring your ideas – see what’s new. Experience the difference. flowers [at] ladysmith [dot] com

Ahl Island Landscapes offers complete service from architectural landscape design, hard and softscape installation to decorative concrete surfaces.  Murray incorporates natural stone patios, walls and standing rock features to provide stability and permanence to your landscape. Using polymer overlays, reactive acid color and texturing he can transform your existing weathered concrete surface to an exciting, permanent component of your landscape. With flowing lines, color and texture they can convert your yard to a unique, exciting space you can’t wait to get home to!

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Marina is Editor of TAKE 5 Magazine.