A little colour was already showing in the gardens around Cairnsmore Place on a grey, cool, early spring Wednesday morning, but the weather wasn’t dampening the spirits of the members of the Cairnsmore Garden Club.
Their enthusiasm was very evident. Two reasons: the cheer that comes from healthy, colourful gardens, and the new tools that club members were using to make the work more pleasant, thanks to two recent significant donations earmarked for the club and routed through the Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital.
These donations from a private citizen and the Duncan Christian Senior Home Society totalling $7,000 will be utilized to ensure that the club continues to maintain and develop the garden spaces around Cairnsmore Place and Cowichan Hospice House for the cheer and benefit of residents and patients.
With the addition of new garden territory around Cowichan Hospice House, thanks to fundraising efforts by the five Rotary organizations in the region, the club is looking for a few more members.
If colourful gardens and comfort to residents and patients is something that you appreciate the value of, and you’d like to make friends with 18 other gardeners, the club would love to include you.
Please come by at 9 a.m. any Wednesday to see what we do — and join in.
The generosity of those recent donors is complimented by the annual fundraising plant sale.
Over 11 years, these sales have raised well over $27,000 to support vibrant and inviting surroundings.
The sale was again virtual this year, with almost all plants selling out.
The team looks forward to an even bigger sale next year.
Bruce Wilkinson is the acting publicity director for the Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital.