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Powell River Garden Club prepares for event at Patricia Theatre

Serenity garden fundraiser and plant sale on the horizon
SERENITY FUNDRAISER: Powell River Garden Club is an active group of novice and expert gardeners who meet regularly at Cranberry Seniors Centre. They are hosting a fundraiser at the Patricia Theatre on May 4, to raise money for the Four Tides Hospice Society serenity garden space.

Gardening and horticulture skills are sometimes acquired by trial and error, but a lot of the knowledge comes from other people.

Many folks in the qathet region who want to know more about soil, plants and flowers, and exchange ideas, eventually find Powell River Garden Club (PRGC). Its membership includes a busy group that regularly invites guest speakers and plans garden visits, plants sales and garden tours.

This year, PRGC is adding one more item to its list of events: a Four Tides Hospice Society fundraiser at the Patricia Theatre on Saturday, May 4, from 1 to 3 pm.

"We have a committee where we talk about community projects and somebody mentioned the hospice society," said PRGC president Lesley Moseley. “They are planning to create a serenity garden at their new facility.”

Four Tides Hospice Society has been on a major fundraising campaign to build a hospice house and gardens in qathet. Screening of a 21-minute video created for the hospice society by filmmaker Claudia Medina will have its premiere during the garden club fundraiser at the Patricia.

Medicinal herbalist Todd Caldecott will give a talk and Kathy Pritchard will speak about native birds. Musician Ron Campbell will be on hand playing live music and raffle prizes will range from a staycation to soil delivery.

However, the garden club fun doesn't stop there. On Sunday, May 5, the club will hold its annual plant sale at Powell River Curling Club. For the past couple years the sale was held at various locations, but Moseley is happy the plant sale is back to being in one central space.

"A whole variety of perennial plants, vegetables and flowers have been donated by garden club members," said Moseley. "We are accepting donations for plants and looking forward to having other vendors book a spot to sell their own plants."

The only plants not accepted are invasive species.

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