Spring is…sprunging, so get into gardening

Campbell River Elder College offers series aimed at enhancing green thumbs

It’s getting to be that time of year again, when the daylight lasts a little longer each day and fresh green shoots start pushing their way out of the soil.

As spring approaches many of us get the urge to get our hands dirty and get back to working in the garden.

So once again, Campbell River ElderCollege is offering another series of unique talks aimed at enhancing seniors’ green thumbs.

The series begins on Friday and runs for six weeks, starting at 10 a.m. Each week features a different gardening topic.

If you don’t know where to start or how to proceed Hans Rhenisch, gardener extraordinaire, will start with the why, how and where to plant, not to mention what.

Avoid or relieve those aches and pains often associated with gardening.

Registered physiotherapist Bev O’Sullivan will show participants how  to prepare their bodies for gardening. She will also illustrate relaxation techniques and provide an introduction to horticulture therapy.

Back by popular demand, Rick Monchak will share his love and expertise in growing dahlias. Bring your garden clippers for a hands-on exercise in cutting dahlia tubers.

Dr. Thierry Vrain will talk about the effect of global warming on agriculture.  The retired biologist from the Department of Agriculture, who is also an avid gardener, is expected to provide a thought-provoking discussion.

Trains in the garden?  What a wonderful and whimsical idea!  Chris Cracklow will bring in photos of his and other gardens with trains.  He will explain how the buildings are constructed, how to choose plants that are in proportion, as well as grading.

An information and plant exchange will be part of the session so that students can brainstorm and learn from each other.

Pre-registration is required and the fee for the six-part series is $30 (plus HST).  All ElderCollege classes are open to anyone aged 50 plus.

You can register in person at North Island College or online at www.nic.bc.ca/eldercollege.