The Cairnsmore Volunteer Gardeners Group is getting ready to take online orders for hundreds of plants available starting April 10 in their 2021 plant sale.
For more than 12 years this dedicated group of community-minded gardening enthusiasts have met Wednesday mornings for a couple of hours of volunteer gardening and community camaraderie. The group convenes every spring to plan, plant, weed, and prune to beautify the gardens around Cairnsmore Place and Cowichan Hospice House for the benefit of the patients and staff within.
Early on, the group embraced organizing an annual plant sale to help pay for plants, soil and compost, tools, irrigation equipment, and general garden materials. Appealing to local gardeners for donations of surplus plants from some of the Valley’s finest gardens, the group collects, repots, and labels hundreds of plants for a one-day sale that usually sells out within a couple of hours. Now in their 10th plant sale year, the group has raised more than $27,000 for the gardens.
Sprucing up the gardens has encouraged others to help out as well. Local businesses provide discounts on necessary items and have donated many gifts in kind. Thankful Cairnsmore families make donations to the gardens on behalf of loved ones who enjoyed both watching the weekly activity of the gardening volunteers as well as enjoying the blooms of their labour.
The group’s success rests on the common desire to make the gardens beautiful and inviting for residents, their families, the staff, and the surrounding neighbourhood. New volunteers are always welcome.
This year due to COVID-19, to keep the sale safe for everyone, the group will be taking online orders, with distanced pickup in the Cairnsmore neighbourhood. There are hundreds of plants available, including a wide range of flowering shrubs and perennials, and an especially large selection of peonies and hostas. The plant list, prices, and complete sale information will be available from April 10 by sending an email request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.