TRURO – Getting a little dirty is something Patti Sharpe is always eager to do.
The Great Village resident is a member of the Great Village Garden Club and she is preparing to attend the June 6 and 7 Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs’ annual convention.
The event expects to draw a crowd of about 250 garden enthusiasts from throughout the province, with activities taking place at the Royal Canadian Legion in Truro. The convention represents seven districts in the province and as the central district director for the northern area, Sharpe says the event will bring a lot to the Truro area.
“Gardening is such a far-reaching interest … and there will be some economic spinoff to the community with all those people here,” she said, adding the last such conference in Truro was in 2008.
“We are getting back to our basics,” she said, adding the conference will feature seven guest speakers and the theme will be ‘everyday gardening.’ Some of the topics of discussion will be butterflies and birds in the garden because “a lot of gardeners are interested in wildlife in gardens,” perennials, pollinators and Japanese Iris “which are a relatively new flower becoming more popular in the province,” Sharpe said.
Although the event is now closed to the general public, due to space considerations, everyone is welcome to attend a sale in the lower level of the legion both days of the event.
There will be 24 vendors with all kinds of garden related items up for grabs, including artwork. Vendors will be on hand all Friday afternoon and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sharpe said garden clubs remain active throughout the province, and locally as well. She said the association of garden clubs has 1,800 members throughout Nova Scotia and within Colchester and Cumberland counties, memberships “remain steadfast.”
Sharpe said the smallest group is in River Hebert with six members; Bible Hill has about 60 members.
“Most members are older and we’d like to have more younger members too,” she said.
To get involved in a local garden club, Sharpe simply suggests approaching it.
“All we want is enthusiasm. You don’t have to be an expert … we learn as we go.”