Earth Day seems like the perfect day to spend in the garden tidying up from winter and having a look at what’s growing. Rhubarb is just starting to poke through the surface, there’s a handful of strawberry plants that squirrels and other critters haven’t ravaged yet, new shoots of bleeding heart, peonies, hydrangea, a few onions, some chives, and allium. Spring bulbs like daffodils, and native plants like trillium and blood root are coming along too. It makes me eager for a couple of Innisfil events that are always on my Spring calendar, and one new one.The Gilford and District Horticultural Society (GDHS) always holds their annual Plant Sale, also known as the Plant, Tailgate, Bake Sale and BBQ, after the May long weekend at the Innisfil Arboretum – this year it’s on Saturday, May 25. Of course it’s an opportunity to support the organization by buying some plants for your garden, donated by GDHS members. It’s also part community ‘garage’ sale, craft and bake sale. (Those gardeners seem to know a thing or two about baking cookies, cakes and pies too). You may see me there helping to cook up some of those peameal bacon on a bun that are always popular.
Visit the Plant Sale early because Innisfil Public Library is sponsoring the planting of a Community Herb Garden at each of its four branches at 2:00 p.m. on the same day, May 25 (Rain date, June 1). Library visitors are invited to help tend the garden during the summer and also to share in the herbs as they mature. The Libarary event will feature refreshments, music and activities for all ages.
And if you enjoy eating as well as growing, then you’ll want to mark the opening of the Innisfil Farmers’ Market on your calendar too – this year Market vendors return to the Innisfil Recreational Complex on Thursday, June 20. The Farmers’ Market will run weekly from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursdays until October 10. The growing season starts a couple of weeks later than our neighbours further south, so the Market Committee decided to open accordingly after experimenting with a earlier date last year. The Market is also going to stay open into the evening this year to accommodate commuting residents who want to support local growers. Innisfil growers interested in being a vendor, can find an Application Form available online.