PROVINCIAL GARDENING WEEK
Starting in 2013 gardeners in Nova Scotia began to celebrate the first week in June as ‘Provincial Gardening Week’. First initiated by NSAGC past President Don Butler, this special week was proclaimed in the Nova Scotia Legislature and received unanimous consent from all parties.
Nova Scotia is blessed with one of the finest climates in North America for growing plants with ample rainfall, moderate temperatures winter and summer, and few major insects or disease problems. In addition to all these positives we have a well educated and skilled gardening community spread from one end of the province to the other. This is not a new trend as gardening has had a large and important role in our provinces history. As you drive around the province passing through cities, towns or small communities scattered along the highway you become aware of the role individual gardeners and garden clubs play in the sheer beauty of our surroundings. Provincial Gardening Week only brings these accomplishments to the forefront and makes us aware of what a wonderful place we make our home.
Garden Clubs from across the province will be holding a number of activities to celebrate this week and it usually closes out with the annual Garden Club Convention. Some events planned by clubs include plant sales, gardening demonstrations for the public, and placing flower displays in churches and local businesses. Information sheets on gardening are handed out at Farmers Markets and Libraries along with the presence of garden club members to answer any questions.
It is hoped that many more groups and businesses will join in the celebration of Provincial Gardening Week in the future.