With winter leaving it’s time to start thinking about bees and seeds

Busy bees in Mount Revelstoke National Park may also be pollinating the plants in your garden this summer. David F. Rooney photo


By David F. Rooney

With the snow fast disappearing it’s time to start thinking about… you guessed it — gardening!

And the North Columbia Environmental Society has some pretty cool events lined up for everyone who fancies they have a green thumb.

First up is a table the group will set up at the second to last Winter Market on March 31 to promote the Community Garden. But the NCES needs some help with this.

“We need volunteers to help (wo)man this table between 2 pm and 5 pm in shifts of at least one hour,” NCES President Hailey Ross said in an e-mail. ”Please email haileysross@gmail.com if you are keen to help out.”

Then, on April 16 from 10 am until noon, it is sponsoring Bees & Seeds, a native bee workshop and seed exchange at the United Church.

“In honour of Earth Week, the North Columbia Environmental Society has invited native bee specialist Lynn Westcott for a unique educational experience on bees,” Ross said.

“This workshop will help us to understand our local bee species, their importance, their needs, and ways we can help these pollinators. Various hand-made nests will be demonstrated, participants will have the opportunity to build their own tube-nests.

“This event will also serve as the kick-off event for the Downtown Community Garden’s Garden Guru Series. Opportunities to exchange seeds will be provided as well as the schedule of events for the season to come.

“Participants should bring:

• 1 or 2 litre milk jug or pop bottle, or a large tin can

• seeds for exchange.  (Heritage and organic varieties are preferred!)”

There is an $8 fee for attending this workshop.

For more info contact Hailey Ross at 250-837-5091.

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