On Sunday, Sept. 1, the place for festive family fun is the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden’s 10th annual Harvest Festival. It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5941 Mason Road, Sechelt.
Participants will take in a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations, plant and garlic bulb sales, baking and preserves and much more. DJ little d will spin the tunes, and all the toys will be out for the sand pile and lawn. Admission is by donation.
Recreation goes natural, with a children’s craft in the picnic and play area, plus all-you-can-pick blackberries. Tour the extremely productive vegetable garden and see what’s growing for the food bank. Ask the master gardeners and veggie volunteers your questions about growing. View the surface of the sun through the astronomy club’s special telescopes, see the woodcrafters’ skilled creations, ask your solar energy questions of the solar association or watch the spinners and weavers work their magic. Lippy the clown will charm the child in everyone.
Lunch is by the Lions Club, the Apple Fest will have snacks, the Garden’s volunteer bakers provide the sweets, and in the Native Plant Garden visitors can taste some wild preserved salal jam. Please share your harvest – bring your homegrown or purchased food items for the food bank and enter to win a prize.
Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden is open Friday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer. Admission is by donation. Members enjoy unlimited visits plus many extra perks. For information about events or rentals, visit www.coastbotanicalgarden.org
– Submitted by Paddy Wales