The Hope Garden Club is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year.
A small group of gardeners gathered in local homes over 20 years ago to start sharing plants, ideas and fellowship. Today the group has some of the original members who meet monthly.
Helen Zervini, treasurer for most of these years, remembers the late Ken Wilson and Dave McCart, who were also founding members.
The club has given funds to aid a number of community groups, Memorial Park and local schools. Funds are raised by the annual plant sale and raffles.
The club hosted Brian Minter in February. A donation jar was set out and instead of using this to pay for costs, the club voted to give it to the First Hope Scouts.
Crystal Medlock said the money went to the purchase of a number of snowshoes, which were used at their recent winter camping expedition.
Another $500 was given this spring to Tillicum to aid in the beautification of their grounds. Naomi Bergstrom was thrilled with the gift and knows their clientele will enjoy working on the grounds.
Hope Communities in Bloom also received $1,000. The planters have been cleaned out and have some new pansies. With warmer weather new annuals will be added. In addition, the funds will be used to accent entrances to Hope and the berm at the junction. Local coordinator Victor Smith was delighted with the contribution, pointing out that the Hope Garden Club giving money for flowers, that the community and visitors can enjoy, is a natural combination.
On Saturday, May 10, the Hope Garden Club is hosting its ninth annual Plant and Book Sale at the Curling Rink from 9 a.m. to noon. This is the club’s biggest fundraiser and proceeds go towards a $1,000 bursary for a student at Hope Secondary, preferably one who is interested in horticulture, forestry or the environment.
The club welcomes donations from the community. Labeled plants and books can be dropped off at the Hope Curling Rink between 3-5 p.m. on May 9. Locals start lining up early to purchase perennials and small shrubs, veggies and annual flowers and fruit bearing plants. Garden related items such as pots, birdhouses are often sold as well.
For more information, call April at 604-860-4347 and for plant pick up call Bob at 604-869-0655.
The Hope Garden Club is a growing group and new members are always welcome.
The May 7 meeting will be at the Golden Agers Hall at 560 Douglas St. at 7 p.m. Renee Prasad from UFV will be speaking about garden pests.
For the $10 yearly membership fee, you receive a monthly newsletter that tells all about club activities.