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Great Village Notebook: Great Village garden supply business to mark 30th anniversary

In 2015, Lowland Gardens in Great Village celebrates 30 busy years in the nursery business.

Heather MacKay selects colourful pansies for her garden at Lowland Gardens located in Great Village.

Owners Gerrie and Tony van den Hoek have turned what began as a seasonal, craft market venture into a destination for gardeners from across the province. It is a pleasure to visit their greenhouses and beautifully landscaped grounds each growing season. They offer beautiful and unique container gardens, annual bedding plants, perennials, herbs, vegetables and garden ornaments along with friendly, knowledgeable service.

They also recognize the importance of giving back to their community.

Their annual silent auction fundraiser makes it possible for successful bidders to take home beautiful container gardens and the proceeds from the auction benefit a local non-profit organization.

This year's silent auction commences on May 30.


Plan to attend the delicious Sunday brunch on May 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of the Royal Canadian Legion, Great Village. The menu will include pancakes with maple syrup, sausages, beans, biscuits, ice cream for dessert and tea, coffee or juice. The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10.

Enjoy old time music while you eat.


It's not too late to pick up tickets for the fire brigadeauxiliary annual lobster dinner.

The lobster and potato salad take-out meals will be available for pickup from 3 to 5 p.m. on May 30 at the Great Village Fire Hall.

The cost is $18 per dinner and includes two canner lobsters, potato salad and trimmings, roll and pie.

Tickets for the meal are available from Betty MacNeil (902-668-2314) or any member of the fire brigade.


Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday May 10, 11am - 2pm. Reservations are required, please call Margaret Congdon 902-668-2409 or the café 902-668-2659 (leave a message).

May 23rd Eileen Eaton's Memorial Service at 1 pm with reception to follow in the café. The café will be closed for the reception

On May 30, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Great Village Garden Club will host a special event at Faith Baptist Church, Great Village to celebrate the start of Provincial Gardening Week, June 1 to 7.

Orchid grower Barry Langille will provide a hands-on potting demonstration and talk about growing orchids.

Light refreshments will follow the talk.

The event is open to the public.


A Festival Market showcasing the handcrafted work of approximately a dozen Nova Scotia artisans and artists will be part of the Elizabeth Bishop Festival scheduled for Aug. 8 in Great Village.

The market will run from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion.

Among those participating will be Alan Heustis (Appleton Chocolates), Brenda Barry (photography), Marie Eaton (pottery), Emma FitzGerald (house and business portraits), Wanda Frizzell (quilts), Carole Langille (folk art sculptures), Andrew Meredith (painting), Sandra and Tony Phillips (honey), Gary Shears (woodworking) and Mary Ellen Sullivan (Open Heart Farming). Bookmark of Halifax will be on hand, as well, to sell the published work of the various writers and poets taking part in the Festival. The Festival Market will provide an opportunity to pick up that special gift or maybe a treat for yourself and show your support for Nova Scotia craftspeople.


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

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