Spring greetings from the Garden Club

Spring has finally made a resounding appearance so its time to prepare those gardens for planting.

The club is flourishing these days. We now have 19 members in our group and we always welcome anyone, young or old, who would like to join us. We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the OAP Hall.

One of our members, George Harry, has been making up monthly newsletters which address timely facts and ideas for gardening in our challenging climate. A few are being laminated and placed into local restaurants and coffee shops for everyone’s enjoyment. Thank you, George for doing this for us all. Also in March, George pruned the apple tree in front of Co Co’s and the club was invited to take part as he showed us the techniques for fruit tree pruning. A delicious lunch was served to all that attended. Thanks George and Co Co’s.

Two other members have shared their knowledge with us as well. In February, Jack Gardiner gave us a very informative talk on Mason bees and their houses. He went a step further and gave each of us a mason bee house that he had made.

In March, John Sandness gave us a well-prepared talk on birdhouses. Making them from new and recycled building materials, tips on where to locate them and maintain them. Thank you gentlemen for passing on your expert knowledge.

On March 16 we traveled to Hedley’s Hitching Post to join the Keremeos Garden Club in a St. Patrick’s lunch. We meet with them a few times a year and thoroughly enjoy our time with them. In April, Cory Oerlemans from the committee for the beautification of Princeton joined our meeting and asked for our input on the public areas and boulevards along Hwy 3. A few of us had a couple more meetings on the subject and then passed our ideas on to Cory to bring up at their next meeting. We are awaiting follow-up on this.

Spring has finally made a resounding appearance so its time to prepare those gardens for planting. If you don’t know what to do then its time that you purchased one of our books “Yes, You Can Garden In Princeton.” The club will be at the Flea Market on Saturday May 24. We will be selling our book, as well as bedding plants and perennials. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have! Books are also available at Billy’s Restaurant, Everything Pets, Sunflower Gallery, Fletchers Building Supply, the Image Emporium and Winking Pedlar. Happy gardening and hope to see you May 24th.