Ladysmith Rotary Garden Tour
Ladysmith Rotary presents the 17th Annual Garden Tour, Show and Sale, Sunday May 25. This year the self-guided tour of eight gardens is this year featuring a collection of both well-established and newly created gardens, including everything from rockeries and shrubberies to historic photos and heritage coal mine cars. For both master and beginner gardeners, it will be a day of discoveries. Rotary Chaperones will be on duty at each garden to assist you.
Plan on visiting the Ladysmith Community Gardens (High St. & 2nd Ave.) between 1-3pm for ‘demonstration’ gardens and gardening techniques.Members will be available to talk with you about composting, greenhouses, raised garden beds, and other garden issues.
Local artists will be present at most gardens to enhance your viewing experience and answer your questions about their creations and techniques.
While picking up your garden pass and map at the Aggie Hall, take time to enjoy the continental breakfast from 9-11:30 am for only $4. Also at the Hall local garden-related businesses will offer their products for sale and answer your questions from 9-1:30pm along with vendors displaying BC handicrafts. Gardens and Flowers, a slide presentation produced by Frank Elsom will run continuously at the Hall and the Ladysmith Singers” choral group will be performing from 9:30 to 10:00 am. There will be a large local area map at Aggie Hall and someone there to help you plan your garden visits.
This year, the popular raffle features three great prizes – two cedar lawn chairs, a brushed silver patio heater and a set of solar garden lights.
The Ladysmith Rotary Garden Tour 2014 is a wonderful opportunity for gardeners of all skill levels to visit and admire gardens otherwise unavailable to them. Many visitors will benefit by finding fresh ideas and renewed enthusiasm for their own gardens. The tour has been carefully constructed so that there is ample time for you to visit all eight gardens. One of the gardens featured this year is Bill and Jill Molnar at 420 Parkhill Terrace. Molnar says the waterfall and pond are the main feature of this garden inspired by Agnes Pinkerton, who was an avid gardener. Molnar is also a featured artist on the tour.
Show and Sale at Aggie Hall runs from 9am to 1:30 pm. Tickets are $15. All proceeds go to support Rotary’s many worthy projects.
Call Ed Nicholson at 250-924-3402 or email kaixin [at] mac [dot] com for more information.
Cut the bloomin’ broom
A group of volunteers from Broombusters will be working during May to clear Scotch broom from Yellow Point Park in Cedar.
Now is the time to cut broom! Late April, May and June are the best months for cutting down Scotch Broom. This non-native, highly invasive plant is most vulnerable when it blooms, because all of its energy is above ground in the flowers. You can help control this aggressive plant by cutting broom on your property and adjacent roadways. Cut Broom in Bloom!
Broombusters began with a small group in Coombs witnessing broom take over valuable farmland. Their dedication and success controlling the spread of broom quickly attracted volunteers from other regions. Led by Joanne Sales, Broombusters works with local government to find ways to organize volunteers to remove broom where they live, as the pick up of broom has to be preplanned. Using long handled loppers, cut blooming broom plants as close to the ground as possible. The cut broom will most likely die in the summer’s dry heat. Very small plants can be pulled, but other than that, you do not need to dig up the roots. In fact, do not to disturb the soil, as doing so will encourage thousands of dormant broom seeds to germinate.
Scotch Broom was originally brought to southern Vancouver Island around 1850, and has spread prolifically since then, overtaking fields, pastures, parks, roadways – anywhere in the sun. Broom grows rapidly and densely, quickly choking our gentler, native, indigenous species. Broom will prevent forest re-growth, as it grows faster than trees. It also creates a serious fire hazard because of its high oil content and it’s toxic to wildlife.
Look for the dates of local cuts on the Broombusters’ website. info [at] broombusters [dot] org 250-722-2630
Volunteers could use a hand cutting broom. Photo submitted.