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Events · 29th March 2012
Val Barr
The Garden Club’s annual plant sale will be Monday, April 9th, 6:30 pm, at the Community Centre. After the sale, join the Garden Club meeting and be entertained by Captain Apple, aka Harry Burton from Apple Luscious Orchard on Salt Spring Island. Harry teaches the benefits of organic farming and will demonstrate grafting techniques at this presentation. If you have an apple variety that you would like to propagate bring a scion (5-6" of last year’s wood) to the meeting and learn how to prepare your graft. Harry believes that for all crops, the farmer must focus on the soil, and healthy food will follow. Organic growing, diversity, healthy soil, red fleshed apples and tasty, healthy food should be a priority for all of us - these are his basic beliefs. If you are not an apple grower yet, why not?

Retired from teaching environmental technology at a college in Ontario, Harry moved to Salt Spring in 1986, and is now ‘an organic grower of 200 of the best tasting apples in existence’. He calls his certified organic orchard an oasis and shares his knowledge. He is a key organizer of the Salt Spring Apple Festival in the fall each year.

Enter by the stage door for the plant sale which begins at 6:30 pm. Harry’s presentation will follow at 7:00. If you have plants to donate bring them to the backstage overhead door between 2 and 4 pm on April 9th. Plants may be left earlier, outside the stage door please. Pot up, or if too large, wrap in newsprint and place in a plastic bag. Please label the plants with a latin or a common name. Come on out to the final meeting this Spring and enjoy apples, good friends, and inexpensive, local, tried and true plants.