James Bay Grows Greener, Rain or Shine
By Marion Yas
The James Bay Second Annual Autumn Plant Sale & Swap, organized by the James Bay Neighbourhood Association Garden Committee, took place on a very rainy Saturday, September the 9th. Considering the long dry spell Victoria has been experiencing this summer, the weather couldn’t have been better suited to the event! Sales and trades flowed as expert and novice selected from a wide variety of houseplants as well as JB-acclimatized fruit and veggie starters. General advice and hints for tricky growing spaces circulated steadily between visitors and organizers.
In the photo above, Dan, JB resident and first-time swapper who went home with a huge climbing hibiscus as well as a fine rake stands at the right with four members of the Garden Committee. They are, from left to right, Kathryn Pankowski (official Gardening Advocate for the JBNA), Pat McGuire, Dorothy Rich, and Terry Loeppky holding the fine rake. Tim Van Alstine is packing up the few plants left over, and Marion Yas is behind the camera.
Many thanks for the coffee generously provided by the Heron Rock Bistro; the ginger brownies baked by Dorothy; and the bags of fruit given away by Pat, picked from her own James Bay apple and pear trees.
The James Bay Second Annual Spring Plant Sale & Swap is just around the garden corner. Plan early to bring your mature plants, starters, seeds, tools, etc. to sell or trade. Or just join us for coffee, goodies, and great growing tips. Rain or shine!