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General · 2nd November 2009
Val Barr
Master gardener, and edible landscape designer, Helena Hartwood talks to the garden club on Monday November 9th, 7 pm at the community centre. Helena earned an arts degree in Wales specializing in stained glass design. Gardening with seniors in Courtenay, she decided to return to school to study landscape design at Vancouver Island University. Helena practices, what she defines as 'edible landscaping' - designing gardens with 'varying heights, textures and colours by incorporating vegetables and fruit producing shrubs, vines, hedgerows and trees.' She is on the Comox Valley Board of LUSH, 'Let Us Share the Harvest'. In 2008, LUSH volunteers picked 16,000 pounds of fruit utilizing otherwise unharvested crops - one third of which was donated to social food programs.

In addition to the evening talk, the garden club is hosting, no fee for club members, a workshop on pruning (non-members $10). As a teenager, Helena worked on her grandparents orchard in Niagara and will share her pruning knowledge with us. Join us at 1181 Topcliff Road, Topcliff Farms 1-3pm Monday Nov. 9th. Bring your umbrella - workshop will go rain or shine. Thank you Linda, John and family for the use of your orchard for the demonstration.