Valley Gardeners Plan A Tribute to Canada’s 150th
By Donna Crawford, Show Committee Member
Milkvale Farm’s Allison Magee is well-known to those who frequent Kentville’s Wednesday farmers’ market. But how many of those eager shoppers – seeking out fresh local veggies, fruit, and specialty items – know what Allison and five other Valley residents are planning in celebration of Canada’s 150th? In fact, even his neighbours in Welsford are unlikely to have heard what’s being set up for Saturday, August 12.
“It has to do with our Country’s big birthday and with gardens of course” hints Magee. “Any Valley resident interested in flowers; flower arrangements; baking or preserving; or growing fruits, vegetables, or even house plants should be interested. Not to mention those who appreciate photography of flowers or gardens, be they cultivated or wild.”
Have you guessed yet? Here’s another hint: Magee is joined on the planning committee by Adeline Blatt of Lakeville; Sandi Carroll, Donna Crawford, and Cinda Kalkman of Kentville; and Nancy Saul-Demers of Black River Lake. They’re all members of the Valley Gardeners Club. Got it now? It’s the Valley Gardeners Club’s 35th Annual Open Horticultural Show, in celebration of Canada’s 150th, to be held at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Kingstec Campus on Belcher Street in Kentville.
“It’s called an ‘Open’ show because anyone can enter”, explains Magee. “There’s no need to be a member of Valley Gardeners. Anyone who enjoys gardening, cooking, or photography is encouraged to participate, and of course we’ll help you out with all the tips and info you need to be successful.” There is no fee to enter. There are even a few categories for children to enter. In one, children can submit a maple leaf. Each entry will be measured from the bottom of its stem to the top of the leaf and the largest maple leaf will win. The second item children can enter is a red flower.
Magee stresses that even if you’re not entering the show this year, dropping by in the afternoon will be a fun way for the whole family to celebrate Canada’s 150th. “We will be open to the public from 1pm to 4pm and there is no admission fee,” explains Magee. “There will be more than 60 classes of entries for you to look at and discuss, including cut flowers, floral designs, children’s entries, baking, preserves, vegetables, fruit, and house plants, not to mention the display of our photographic entries. Once you’ve had a good look around, and perhaps stopped for a while at our tea tables for a sip and a snack, you can vote for which entry was your favourite.” Highlights will also include a display of historical farming implements and a half-hour presentation on Historical Gardening featuring Allison Magee himself, which will begin at 2pm.
To obtain a copy of the Show Schedule, which outlines the entry regulations and all the categories you can enter, phone Donna Crawford at 902-365-2168.