So many choices, May 2nd

When our youngest daughter was in 6th grade, she had to write a two-page short story. At page five, she was still writing, so I asked her why. “I can’t help it,” she exclaimed. “Things just keep happening!!

Things just keep happening on the garden calendar, too. Sunday, May 2nd is no exception, and one or more of these events is sure to appeal to you.

First up is the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society annual plant sale, from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Toronto Botanical Garden. This horticultural society is about more than rock gardens. Hardy plants, including many rare varieties, are the emphasis here. If you’re hunting for unusual but adaptable specimens that are often compact, which is great for smaller gardens, come early for best selection.

Rare plants not your cup of tea? But a tea party is? Then this sounds like a fun early Mother’s Day event, and it benefits a good cause. Windfall, a charity that gets brand new clothing and other life basics to Toronto’s neediest people each year, is hosting Tea Talk, The Garden Party at the Old Mill, from 1 to 4 pm. Themed How Green Is Your Garden? it features speaker Carson Arthur of Green Force and Room to Grow talking about eco-innovations for the garden, plus there’s a silent auction and the promise of a “brimming gift bag.” Yay, goodies. Tickets are $50, purchased through the link above.

The third event is all about the compost. Now, I am the Compost Queen, but I didn’t know that next week is Compost Awareness Week. In fact, it’s the 15th Anniversary. To kick it off, the Composting Council of Canada is holding a Compost Garden Party at Mustard Seed Community Garden on Queen Street East, starting at 2 pm. This party features local-guys-make-good-music band Jane’s Party (hear their sound here). Families can enjoy veggie garden workshops to get the kids involved, and there’s even a Grow Your Own Soup tasting.

Circle your calendars. It’s likely we’ll see you at one or more of these events on Sunday.


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