The Castlegar Garden Club and Castlegar Communities in Bloom partner to sponsor this open-air fest that takes place annually in May. The prime focus is the abundance of local gardening talent and nature resources. Plants and gardens (wild and cultivated) are featured, as well as farming, food production, organic growing, sustainable living, invasive plants, composting, hikes and trails in the area, local conservation areas; anything to do with nature and the environment. This potent mix of energies benefits us all, especially our environment; we hope to encourage a wider worldview of your garden!
As part of “Invasive Species Action Month”, CKISS will be there promoting the PlantWise Campaign at the event with a wide range of free resources. The horticulture industry has been identified as a key pathway for invasive species introduction. Educate yourself on how to choose non-invasive species options for your garden by visiting the CKISS booth.
Local plant vendors celebrate growing with all things garden: perennials, shrubs, ornamental grasses and herbs, plus a wide selection of garden-ready veggie starts: tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, eggplants, cucumbers, squash and more. Looking for something besides plants to adorn your green space? Other treasures at the fest are metal garden art, concrete stepping stones, birdbaths, and mosaics. Non-profit and educational groups are also on hand to enhance your awareness on Kootenay-local topics such as hiking clubs, wilderness conservation, wildlife centres, Communities in Bloom, food security, local organic farmer’s organizations and more. Come discover something new!
The Castlegar Garden & Nature Fest is a way to encourage and expose people to nature and growing; always a good thing! Do you or someone you know have a nature hobby, grow seedlings or offer a unique type of plant? Do you make bird, bat or bee houses? Do you belong to a non-profit or educational group that would benefit from attending this festival? We are happy to have you join us; please contact us or visit our website for more information.