Horticulture Centre celebrates Earth Day with free lessons, seedlings

Saanich horticulture centre honours Mother Earth with free admission, instructions and Oak trees

Enjoy Mother Earth in her blooming best with free entry at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific on Earth Day (April 22).

“The gardens look amazing right now because we’ve had this early burst of heat,” says Lisa Ballinger, executive director of operations, and sales and marketing at HCP.

The centre has partnered with Bartlett Tree Service and, in addition to free admission, will offer day-long demonstrations, from tree-planting to more complex air-spading. The latter session runs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on one of trees right at the Centre.

“It’s because the tree is not thriving and is leaking sap all the time,” Ballinger said.

The process includes injecting air around the roots.

Those who come early, will also take home a treat.

“The first 50 people get their own Bur oak tree seedling to take home, plant and give back to Mother Earth,” said Ballinger.

The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, at 505 Quayle Rd., is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Earth Day.

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