Brian Minter offers up a partial list of some of the garden events we have to look forward to this spring.Brian Minter offers up a partial list of some of the garden events we have to look forward to this spring.Read MoreThe Vancouver Sun – RSS Feed

Brian Minter offers up a partial list of some of the garden events we have to look forward to this spring.

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It’s great to see all our garden clubs and plant societies meeting again on a regular basis after the COVID-19 hiatus. Some of their events have become a tradition in many communities and folks really look forward to these special days. Not only will you find some great buys, but these plant sales are often a spot to score those very unusual and rare plants.

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These events are also a major fundraising source for many clubs. Having had the privilege to speak with so many garden associations, I have learned how much they contribute to their communities. Many also support scholarships and bursaries for horticultural students across the province.

As I mentioned last year, there are over 200 gardening clubs and plant associations in British Columbia with over 14,000 members. They are the horticultural leaders in so many cities and towns and provide a great deal of plant knowledge to all those willing to learn more about plants.

The following is a partial list of some of the garden events we have to look forward to this spring.

Many venues are cash only and workshops/events may require the purchase of tickets in advance. For more information, please visit each club’s website or Facebook page. Please note that many garden clubs and community groups plan summer events as well, so do watch for more exciting days to come.

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2023 B.C. Garden Club spring plant salesand garden themed events

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Until April 23

Where: Venues throughout Vancouver

More info: vcbf.ca

Farmers on 57th Grow Your Own Food Course

When: Starting April 11/April18; Registration required

Where: 57th and Heather St., Vancouver

More info: farmerson57th.ca

Fraser Valley Dahlia Society Tuber Sale

When: April 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford

More info: fraservalleydahliasociety.ca

Vancouver Island Rock & Alpine Garden Society Annual Spring Show & Sale

When: April 21, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., & April 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Lambrick Park Church, 1780 Feltham Rd., Victoria

More info: virags.com

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Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Show & Sale

When: April 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Qualicum Beach Curling Club, 644 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach

More info: marsrhodos.ca

Darts Hill Garden Park Plant Sales

When: April 29, May 27 & Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Darts Hill Garden Park 1633 170th Street, Surrey

More info: dartshill.ca

Gibsons Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

When: April 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Gibsons and Area Community Centre (lower parking lot), 700 Park Rd., Gibsons

More info: gibsonsgardenclub.ca

Langley Garden Club Annual Spring Show & Sale

When: April 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Southridge Fellowship Church, 22756 – 48th Ave., Langley

More info: langleygardenclub.com

North Island Rhododendron Society

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When: April 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: K’ómoks First Nation Hall, 3320 Comox Road (Dyke Road), Comox

More info: nirsrhodos.ca

Chilliwack Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 6, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Cooke’s Presbyterian Church, 45825 Wellington Ave., Chilliwack

More info: chilliwackgardenclub.com

Kelowna Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

When: May 6, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Guisachan Heritage Park, 1060 Cameron Ave., Kelowna

More info: kelownagardenclub.ca

Maple Ridge Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Golden Ears Cheesecrafters, 22270 128 Ave., Maple Ridge

More info: mrgardenclub.wixsite.com/mapleridgegardenclub

Nanaimo Horticultural Society Plant Sale

When: May 6, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Where: Nanaimo North Town Centre, 4750 Rutherford Rd., Nanaimo

More info: nanaimohort.org

North Surrey Horticultural Society Plant Sale

When: May 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Grace Community Church, 14618-110 Ave., Surrey

More info: Facebook: North Surrey Horticultural Society

Peninsula Garden Club Spring Plant Sale

When: May 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Where: Mary Winspear Center, 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney

More info: peninsulagardenclub.ca

PoCo Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

When: May 6, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Trinity United Church, 2211 Prairie Ave., Port Coquitlam

More info: pocogardenclub.wordpress.com

South Burnaby Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

When: May 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: All Saints Anglican Church, 7405 Royal Oak Ave., Burnaby

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More info: southburnabygardenclub.ca

The Vancouver Ikebana Association Spring Show

When: May 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre,6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby

More info: vancouverikebana@gmail.com

West Vancouver Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Gleneagles Community Center, 6262 Marine Dr, West Vancouver

More info: westvangardenclub.com

Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens Spring Plant Sale

When: May 6 & 7, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Summerland Ornamental Gardens, 4200 Highway 97 S., Summerland

More Info: summerlandgardens.org

Dogwood Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

When: May 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Hillcrest Middle School, 2161 Regan St., Coquitlam

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More info: dogwoodgardenclub.weebly.com

Powell River Garden Club Plant Sale Tour

When: May 7, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Multiple locations

More info: Facebook: Powell River Garden Club

Armstrong & District Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 13, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Armstrong Farmer’s Market at the Armstrong Fairgrounds, 3315 Pleasant Valley Rd. Armstrong

More info: armstronggardenclub.com

Campbell River Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 13, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Sportsplex Gymnasium, 1800 Alder St., Campbell River

More info: campbellrivergardenclub.com

Cowichan Valley Annual Plant Sale

When: May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: 3440 Gibbins Road, Duncan

More info: cowichanrhodos.ca

New Westminster Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale

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When: May 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: St. Thomas More Collegiate, 7450 12th Avenue, Burnaby

More info: newwesthortsociety.org

Sooke Garden Club Mother’s Day Plant Sale

When: May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Evergreen Centre, 6660 Sooke Rd., Sooke

More info: sookegardenclub.ca

South Surrey Garden Club Plant Sale

When: May 13, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 12953 20th Ave. Surrey

More info: southsurreygardenclub.ca

Vernon & District Garden Club Annual Sale

When: May 13, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: 4601 27th St., Home Hardware-Home Building Centre Parking Lot

More info: vernongardenclub.ca

White Rock & District Garden Club Plant & Bake Sale

When: May 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Ocean Park Hall, 1577 128 St., Surrey

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More info: whiterockgardenclub.ca

David Douglas Botanical Garden Society Spring Plant Sale

When: May 21 & May 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: UNBC Parking Lot A and DDBGS Compound

More info: ddbotgarden.bc.ca

Gwynne Vaughan Park Annual Plant Sale & Garden Party

When: June 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: 46181 Hope River Rd. (at Williams Rd.), Chilliwack

More info: gwynnevaughanpark.ca

The Desert Plant Society of Vancouver Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale

When: June 10 & June 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 37th & Oak St., Vancouver

More info: Facebook: Desert Plant Society of Vancouver

Vancouver Rose Society 66th Rose Show

When: June 18, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: The Floral Hall, outside VanDusen Botanical Garden, 37th & Oak St., Vancouver

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More info: vancouverrosesociety.org

The Fraser Pacific Rose Society: ‘Carnival of Roses’ Rose Show

When: June 24, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and June 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Dogwood Pavilion 1655 Winslow Street, Coquitlam

More info: fprosesociety.org

Cranbrook Garden Club 25th Open Garden Day

When: July 9

Where: Multiple locations (individual gardens)

More info: Facebook: Cranbrook Garden Club

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