YARMOUTH - The late Ken Langille would have beamed to see the number of gardeners attending the Communities in Bloom (CIB) gardening symposium on Feb. 24 at Yarmouth town hall.
Langille, who was a councillor for the town and former chair of CIB, passed away in March 2016 at the age of 63. The symposium was named after him.
CIB chair Wade Cleveland says organizers were very pleased with the level of participation.
“We had something like 137 that registered for the event,” he said, and comments were very positive. “Those taking part told us that they were impressed with how it was organized and the quality of the presenters.”
“We're very excited about the future of the event. We think it can continue to grow. We’re looking at possibly a larger venue that would accommodate bigger groups more comfortably for next year.”
In addition to presentations on various topics, there were information tables in the lobby.
Cleveland says there was considerable interest in the NSCC community garden display.
“It was awesome how many people came out of the talk on bees very excited. I had a great discussion following that talk on some things the town could be doing as far as encouraging more wildflowers and natural development,” he said.
Eight new members signed up with the Yarmouth Garden Club at the event.
Ann Durkee buys a few tickets on a hooked rug she donated as a fundraiser as Yarmouth Garden Club members Eileen Watkins and Cerliana Hood look on. “If I win it, I’m just going to donate it back again,” laughed Durkee.
Want to learn more about gardening this spring? Join your local garden club.
The next meeting for the Yarmouth Garden club is Saturday March 10, at NSCC Burridge Campus, 1 to 3 p.m. The program will be on photo contest results with speaker/judge Brenda Tate.
The Pubnico and Area Garden Club will be meeting on Monday, March 12, at the Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos (West Pubnico) at 7 p.m. Sacha Begg will be speaking on herbs.
Alice d’Entremont (Ouest-ville Perennials) will be speaking on garden design at the Yarmouth Art Gallery on March 25 at 2 p.m.
The Shelburne County Garden Club’s next meeting is Monday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the men's meeting room of Shelburne Community Centre on King Street in Shelburne. This will be a meeting to get organized for the 2018 gardening season as the club takes a break for January and February. Members look forward to meeting with others who love gardening.