Packed calendar of upcoming gardening events

Backyard Gardener, By Patti Sharpe

Published on May 8, 2014

Plants sales, Provincial Gardening Week, NSAGC convention top the list

Looks like spring is officially here and with it a new gardening season. While you're waiting for the soil to warm, take in some of the many gardening events happening in central Nova Scotia in May and June. Whether you're new to the gardening game or a seasoned professional, there’s something for everyone.

Starting on May 10 and continuing every weekend until June 14, eight local garden clubs will be hosting plant sales. Perennials are the most sought after items at these sales, but many clubs also have trees, shrubs, houseplants and annual transplants among their offerings. Prices are reasonable and advice will be available in abundance. For a complete listing, email me at the email address below or visit and look for plant sales under the “What’s New” tab.

The website listing will also include similar sales happening throughout the province should you find yourself gearing up for a road trip that takes you beyond central Nova Scotia. Come prepared with cardboard boxes and lots of cash — debit or Visa won’t be an option. 

On May 24, the greenhouses of the Halifax Public Garden host their annual open house from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 5711 Sackville St. in Halifax. It’s a great chance to meet the people who work in the Public Gardens and view the beautiful plants they have to work with.

The Public Garden will also play a part in recognising the 60th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs (NSAGC) this summer when one of their large carpet beds will be planted to incorporate the NSAGC logo.

On June 1 through 7 the first annual Nova Scotia Provincial Gardening Week takes place. It was on May 31, 2013 that the Nova Scotia government proclaimed the first week of June each year as Provincial Gardening Week in Nova Scotia. This is an initiative of the NSAGC, in cooperation with Greenhouse Nova Scotia, Landscape Nova Scotia and the Buy Local movement, to recognize food and plants grown locally, to support farmers’ markets and local farms, and showcase the work of garden clubs and homeowners in their communities.

A number of garden clubs will be planting special beds and planning events in their respective communities to recognise Provincial Gardening Week.

The Bible Hill Garden Club invites everyone to a gardening talk and book signing on June 4, from 7 p.m. at the Bible Hill Fire Hall with Nova Scotia author and landscape consultant, Denise Adams. Adams gardens at Indian Harbour on the south shore of Nova Scotia. She has recently published her first book, Atlantic Coastal Gardens (Nimbus Publishing) and will be offering advice and asking questions based on her gardening experiences. Not to worry if you don't live on the coast, because her advice will be applicable regardless of where you might live in Nova Scotia.

The NSAGC will host its annual convention June 6 and 7 in Truro at the Royal Canadian Legion.  The theme is Everyday Gardening and the line-up of speakers includes Pam Ross, Brenda Hiltz, Bernard Jackson, Allan Banks, Charlie Baird, Lloyd Mappleback and Andrew Hebda. Topics include birds and butterflies in the garden, pollinators, new perennials for 2014, irises, trees and shrubs. Gardening vendors from across the province will be in attendance on the Legion’s lower level.

You don't need to be a member of the NSAGC to take part. Full registration information is available on the NSAGC website at Registration closes May 15. I'll be attending some of these events and hope to see you, but be sure to leave time for gardening.

Patti Sharpe is a long-time resident of Great Village and actively involved in various organizations within her community. Send your news to her at