Horticulture Society hopes to bring in new members with Fall Fair planters

First time club has opened up planting of Fall Fair flowers

Each year, the Dawson Creek Horticulture Society adds a splash of colour to the Fall Fair.

Now, for the first time, they’re asking local green thumbs to help them care for the dozens of planters along the midways at the Dawson Creek rodeo grounds.

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“This is the first time we’ve done it,” the society’s President Rose Garlinski said. “We thought it would be really great if we involved families in the community.”

On June 4, gardeners will turn out to plant vegetables and flowers in the dozens of pots around the Dawson Creek Exhibition grounds.

“It’s a great way to introduce young people to gardening, to plant up one of those lovely 22-inch planter pots,” Garlinski said. “They get to weed it over the summer and watch it grow.”

The club currently has 21 members, and meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Calvin Kruk Performing Arts Centre at 7 p.m. Meetings often feature guest speakers and cover everything from bees to potatoes.

They also organize the Dawson Creek flower tour every July, and are involved in judging the horticulture side of the exhibition.

Up to now, a single member of the club has planted and cared for the pots. Garlinski said the club is open to everyone, whether they live in an apartment (as she does) or on an acreage. Groups who join in on the planting will have their family or group name placed in the pots.

“Anyone who would like to make the fair grounds a little more pleasant during fair time can sign up to plant a pot,” she said.

Interested gardeners are asked to contact dchorticulturesociety@gmail.com by June 1. The planting starts at 10 a.m. June 4. Soil, plants and tools are provided.

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