Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18, the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society holds its annual Trees are Terrific Festival, a chance for everyone to enjoy and learn about trees.
Keynote speaker is Linda Chalker-Scott, a certified arbourist and educator from the Washington State University extension centre. The Saturday event will be at the Sechelt Legion. Doors open for displays and plant sales at 12:30 p.m., the lecture begins at 1 p.m. Sunday's Fall Colour Tours will be at the Garden at 5941 Mason Rd. and at Willow Farm Nursery, 6739 Norwest Bay Rd. from 2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday will also feature a plant sale, tree artwork from the students at West Sechelt Elementary School and a botanical display of labeled plants for autumn interest. The Sunshine Coast Woodworkers Guild will also have a show of their creations in wood.
Chalker-Scott's lecture is entitled Take It All Off: The bare-root method of installing trees and shrubs. Her book, The Informed Gardener, is a collection of myth-busting answers to gardeners' queries about trees, shrubs and soils. Her "12-step program" for planting trees and shrubs gives gardeners confidence and success. You'll be surprised by some of the facts about soil amendments, handling roots and tree care.
At Sunday's tours, the aspens, maples, oaks and lindens at the Garden and the collection of Japanese maples at nearby Willow Farm Nursery should look magnificent decked in their fall colours. Admission is by donation ($5 to $20 suggested). This is the last scheduled tour for the Garden site this year, as construction for the groundwork infrastructure project begins soon.
Tickets for the Saturday event are $15 for members or $18 for non-members available from B&K Soils & Landscape Supply, Casey's Country Gardens, Deluxe Landscaping & Garden Centre, Quality Farm & Garden Supply, Sechelt Visitor Centre, Sunshine Coast Nursery and Willow Farm Nursery. Last minute tickets will be at the door.
For more information see www.coastbotanicalgarden.org.