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Best of Red Deer: Red Deer garden club blooms

Garden club has been around for more than a century
Red Deer Garden Club president Kelly Beauchamp tends her Mountview garden. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)

Proud of your petunias? Are your marigolds a marvel?

Red Deer Garden Club wants to hear from you.

The local group of dedicated green thumbs is always looking for gardeners happy to share the fruits of their labours during the club's weekly summer tours.

Garden Club president Kelly Beauchamp said that beginning in June and running through August, club members typically tour two to three gardens on Tuesday evenings to appreciate the efforts of local gardeners.

"We're always on the hunt for people who would like to show their gardens and open their gardens for the club to see," said Beauchamp.

"We're interested in seeing quite a variety of gardens, everything from perennial flower beds, annuals, vegetable gardens, permaculture and mixed gardens.

"We have a variety of members with a variety of interests, so it's neat to see all sorts of different things. It's always a challenge to see new and interesting things we've never seen before."

"We love to go look at each other's gardens and see what people are doing. It's inspiring. You get ideas and it's just a way to appreciate what people have done and see the creativity they have and their different approaches."

"Tours are for members and those who open their gardens to the club are given a free membership for the summer. Memberships are renewed yearly  in September at a cost $20 per household.

Tours are for members and those who open their gardens to the club are given a free membership, which cost $20 per household.

The club, which is about 75-strong, would also love to see some younger gardeners become members and join the tours.

One of the club's most popular events is the annual plant sale. This year's sale took place on May 26 at Kerry Wood Nature Centre and drew a crowd.

"It's become quite well known We had people lining up a half hour ahead," she said. 

"There are different plants there that you can't always get from a garden centre as they come from people's yards."

To encourage plant donations those who bring plants are given credit that they can use to buy other plants.

The first plant sale was held in 1911 by what was then the Red Deer Horticultural Society.

After growing season, the club moves indoors and holds meetings every third Thursday of the month with guest speakers invited who cover a range of topics, including everything from how to grow garlic to tips on creating a garden birds will love.

Those interested in getting more information or want to become a member can go to the Red Deer Garden Club Facebook page or email:




Paul Cowley

About the Author: Paul Cowley

Paul grew up in Brampton, Ont. and began his journalism career in 1990 at the Alaska Highway News in Fort. St. John, B.C.
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