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Date: April 15, 2004

UVic Plant Sale, Garden Tour Next Month

The UVic Plant Sale—one of the largest events of its kind on Vancouver Island—will be on Sunday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the university’s McKinnon Gymnasium becomes one huge garden centre.

The sale is co-ordinated by the volunteer members of the UVic Finnerty Garden Friends and all net proceeds support ongoing improvements to Finnerty Gardens, the 2.6-hectare campus showcase of heritage rhododendrons and a rich variety of other plants, walking paths and ponds.

New features of this year’s sale include the additions of dahlias and chrysanthemums as well as a “Gardening for Kids” table.

Thanks to last year’s sale, which netted close to $14,000, the gardens underwent an expansion and face-lift along the west side of the university’s Henderson Road entrance. The wooden pergola was moved and a sign added to attract passers-by, more paths were laid out, several birch and maple trees replaced cherry trees that had succumbed to bugs, rhododendrons were spaced, beds redefined and perennial borders planted.

Closer to the Interfaith Chapel, a space is being cleared for a hydrangea collection. And after a few too many dry summers, an improved irrigation system that gauges water use was installed.

As for the sale itself, it’s a good idea to bring carrying boxes and come early. Plant experts will be on hand to answer questions and give advice.

On May 9 (Mother’s Day) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. there will be guided tours and tea in the gardens. Tours will begin from the main entrance to the gardens, near the Interfaith Chapel, on parking lot 6.

Parking is free on weekends and the gardens are always open free of charge.

Media contacts:
Mike McNeney (UVic Alumni Communications) at (250) 721-7642 or mmcneney@uvic.ca

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