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Grow Your Gardening Know-How at the Inspiration Garden

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COQUITLAM, BC, Sept. 1, 2017 – Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden will be hosting a variety of hands-on workshops for both kids and adults in September and October.

The Inspiration Garden is dedicated to growing, supporting and connecting gardeners in the community.  The Kids in the Garden series has programs for preschoolers to school-aged kids. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Friday, Sept. 15 or 29 – Budding Gardeners (3 – 5 years): An adult participation program for kids to explore the garden through storytelling, crafts and hands-on activities. Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Cost: $5.00
  • Thursday, Sept. 14 or Oct. 12 – Wormy Workshop (5 – 9 years): A hands-on adult participation program for kids to learn about worms and other soil-dwelling creatures that live in the garden. Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Cost: $5.00
  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Happy Harvester (5 – 9 years): A kids-only program where they’ll help to harvest vegetables from the Inspiration Garden while learning how vegetables grow, from seed to table. Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Cost: $5.00

The Garden Basics series is designed to support gardeners in the community. Including both hands-on workshops and information sessions the series aims to build confidence in new gardeners and to help more experienced gardeners tackle new projects. Upcoming sessions include:

  • Saturday, Sept. 16 – Perennial Selection, Division and Care: Discover how to keep your perennials flourishing in your garden or containers at home. Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. Cost: $15.00
  • Saturday, Sept. 23 – Fall Lawn and Garden Maintenance: Find out what you should do now to keep your lawn and garden healthy throughout the year. Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. Cost: $15.00
  • Saturday, Sept. 30 – Growing Garlic and Broad Beans: Learn about different varieties and how best to grow in our climate. Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. Cost: $15.00
  • Saturday, Oct. 14 – Spring Bulb Container Workshop: A hands-on workshop to build your own take-home container. Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. Cost: $15.00

The workshops are hosted by Ali Penko, a Red Seal Certified Landscape Horticulturalist with over 21 years of experience. Her broad range of knowledge comes from working for many different gardens including the Park & Tilford Gardens, the UBC Botanical Gardens and the City of Toronto.

The Inspiration Garden is located in Town Centre Park, at the corner of Guildford Way and Pipeline Road. Free parking is available in the gravel lot beside the garden, entrance off of Pipeline Road.

To register or find more details on these workshops and the Inspiration Garden visit www.coquitlam.ca/garden.

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Media contact:
Wendy Wiederick
Manager, Parks Operations
Parks, Recreation and Culture Services