What’s Up in March

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March 7 to 9 – Nanaimo
13th Annual Celebration of Island Gardening Spring Festival presented by the Central
Vancouver Island Botanical Garden Society. Visit the GardenWise booth. 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fri; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat, Sun. Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo. Admission $5/day; $12/weekend; free for kids under 12. www.cvibgs.org

March 9 – Victoria
Spring and Summer Lawn Care. Chris Lawes offers tips to help your lawn recover from
winter, including moss control, fertilizing, aerating and de-thatching. 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Cannor Nursery Victoria, 4660 Elk Lake Dr., Victoria 250-658-5415. www.cannor.com

March 9 to 15 – Victoria
Art in Bloom: lectures, demonstrations and floral exhibits. Sponsored by GardenWise. Open house 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun; free admission. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon to Fri, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Sat. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. $12 Adults; $8 Seniors/Students; free for kids under 5. See website for lecture schedule and prices. www.aggv.bc.ca/artinbloom

March 15 – Victoria
“12 Steps to Sustainable, Home-Grown Food Production.” Carolyn Herriot’s course runs over 12 Saturdays to October 21. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Glendale Gardens & Woodland, 505 Quayle Rd., Victoria. 12 sessions $650; Individual sessions (space permitting) $45 HCP members; $55 non-members. 250-479-6162 www.hcp.bc.ca

March 16 – Burnaby
Master Gardeners’ Update: “Within 100 Miles – Home & Beyond.” 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave., Burnaby. Everyone welcome. Tickets $35 advance; $45 at the door. www.bcmastergardeners.org

March 23 – Chilliwack
Minter Gardens celebrates opening day with a delicious Easter brunch. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 52892 Bunker Rd. Rosedale, Exit 135 from the Trans Canada Highway. For reservations [phone symbol] 604-794-7044. www.mintergardens.com

March 27 – Victoria
Des Kennedy speaks on “Garden Artistry.” Hosted by the Mill Bay Garden Club. 7 p.m. Cobble Hill Hall, 2550 Watson St., Cobble Hill. Tickets $5 members; $10 non-members. 250-743-1638 (Brenda)

March 28 to 30 – Chilliwack
6th Annual Outdoor Decor Yard & Garden Show. 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fri; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat, Sun. Chilliwack Heritage Park. Weekend pass $6 adults; $4 seniors.

March 29, 30 – Vancouver
Vancouver Orchid Festival. Show and sale to benefit the Loving Spoonful, VanDusen Botanical Garden and the Pacific Northwest Judging Centre. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun. Floral Hall, *VBG. Admission $5. 604-871-1068 (Wayne) www.orchidfest.com

March 31 – Vancouver
Pacific Northwest Palm and Exotic Plant Society Meeting. Rudi Pinkowski will discuss palms in exotic Russia! Rudi’s shows are always popular, so make plans to attend. 7:30 p.m. Floral Hall, * VBG. Free admission. www.hardypalm.com