Valley Gardeners Plan to Show off Saturday August 17

Valley Gardeners Plan to Show off Saturday August 17

If you’re a fan of Canada’s culinary traditions, you’ll want to take note of the Valley Gardeners Club’s 37th Annual Open Horticultural Show, which is coming up on Saturday, August 17. This year’s show theme is “From Sea to Sea,” so the “For the Cooks” section calls for entries of Nanaimo bars, butter tarts, grunt, molasses cookies and fruit bread using maple syrup, in addition to the usual pickles, jams, marmalades, and salsas.

And, of course this horticultural show will include floral arrangements, which also reflect the show’s theme. The design classes include: the mountains, the prairies, the big cities, the arctic, the sea and “no place like home.”

“It’s called an “open” show because anyone can enter,” explains Sandi Carroll of Kentville, the show’s chair. “Anyone who enjoys gardening, baking, preserving, flower arranging, or photography is encouraged to participate and of course we’ll help you out with tips and all the info you need to be successful.”

There is no fee to enter, and there are even a few categories for children. In one, children can submit a painted rock depicting an insect or animal. Or the young ones may want to enter a coneflower, which will be judged on the condition of the bloom, or a maple leaf. The largest leaf, measured from the tip of the leaf to the end of the stem will win.

Carroll notes that even if you’re not entering the show this year, dropping by in the afternoon will be fun for the whole family whether it’s blisteringly hot outside or even raining. “The show is open to the public from 1pm to 4pm and there’s no admission fee,” explains Carroll. “There will be more than 70 classes of entries for you to look at and discuss. Entries will include cut flowers, floral designs, children’s entries, baking, preserves, vegetables, fruit, outdoor containers, 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.” Awarding the “People’s Choice Award” at the end of the day is always a highlight of the show. Another feature will be a half-hour presentation featuring well-known farmer and gardener Allison Magee, which will begin at 2 pm. The show will take place at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Kingstec Campus on Belcher Street in Kentville.

For details of all the categories you can enter and the entry regulations, go to the Valley Gardeners Club website at