For the past 17 years, the Mill Bay Plantaholics have held a plant sale in Mill Bay to support a variety of charities. Barb Kohlman, Sharon Martin, Ali Morris, Noreen Carver, Lynne Testemale, Louise Neveu and Elaine Scott have been very busy, and a wonderful selection of plants will be available for sale. In addition, Don Loewen and Wes Heinrichs have been busy in their workshops and have donated hand-made garden novelties to the sale. All of the profit raised from this sale will be donated to the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society in Duncan
This annual plant sale has become well known to local gardeners as a source of healthy, interesting plants at a reasonable price. More than 1,500 plants have been potted up ready for sale. A wide array of plants will be available including drought tolerant plants and plants that are great for a pollinating garden. Don’t forget to include in your garden later flowering plants that are useful to provide food for the bees later in the season. It is important for us to try to conserve as much water as possible but also to feed our pollinating creatures as our local crops are so dependent on them.
The sale this year will raise funds for Somenos House. Somenos House is a program of the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society and provides short term shelter and support when women (with or without children) need safety from violence and abuse. Providing a safe, supportive and quiet environment for women and children who are trapped in a violent situation is an extremely important program of a caring community — and Duncan and the greater Cowichan Valley is exactly that — a caring community. The society also provides a wide array of additional services. Information on Somenos House and the Society in general can be found at www.cwav.org.
Over the past two years we have had to go online due to COVID and our customer list has grown to the point where we can no longer provide an on-site sale. We will be organizing the plant sale similar to last year with some modifications. If you were a customer last year you should have already received an email providing details of the sale. If not, you may want to contact me at TheScottRogers@aol.com to have your name put on our customer list. We will email the list of all items for sale to our customers on April 10. Orders will be made by email and will be handled in the order they are received. You then will receive an email confirming your order and indicating the total cost of the order.
Pick up will be on Saturday, April 23 at 2836 Oceanside Lane, Mill Bay. Confirmation of your order will include pick up time and directions.
So, please consider supporting this very worthy local cause while at the same time obtaining healthy plants at a reasonable cost. Current COVID guidelines will be observed.
Elaine Scott is a member of the Mill Bay Plantaholics.