Scholarship winners lead horticultural talk

NANAIMO – Graduates of Vancouver Island University's horticulture program discuss planting and growing.

Join three experienced Nanaimo Horticultural Society scholarship-winning graduates of Vancouver Island University’s horticulture program as they kick off the society’s 70th year with a panel discussion on Gardening Trends, Tips and Traps.

The presentation will be followed by a special anniversary gift presentation to VIU Foundation executive director William Litchfield.

The event will cover the joys and curses of owning a heritage orchard, what the upcoming growing season may bring in new plants and old diseases, or about the personal challenges and choices you may face as you build your own career in horticulture.

The presenters include Geoff Ball, executive director of Milner Gardens and Woodland; Bruce Chic, nursery associate with Art Knapp Plantland; and Jennifer Forrest, past president of the Ladysmith-Saltair Garden Club. The event is set for Wednesday (March 9), 7:30-9 p.m., at Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Rd. Admission is $3.

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