Gardengate May plant sales in Kamloops will proceed

In May, Gardengate will be selling certified organic bedding plants grown by Gardengate participants and volunteers.

The sales will take place on Saturdays — May 9, May 16 and May 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — at the Gardengate facility, at 915 Southill St. in Brocklehurst.

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All on-site sales and order pick-ups will be observing safety procedures in relation to COVID-19 including distancing, limitation of people on site, and using purchase via credit or debit card instead of cash or cheque if possible. Online pre-ordering is recommended and encouraged to reduce the number of people at the facility during sale times.

For more information on the online orders or to find out more about the expansion project and other ways you can support it, go online to www.opendoorgroup.org, call 250-554-9453 or email robert.wright@opendoorgroup.org.

The Open Door Group’s Gardengate program is funded by Interior Health and is a partner of the Kamloops Food Policy Council. The horticulture program helps those with addictions and/or mental-health issues.

The program has been operating since 2000 out of space in Brocklehurst that is largely unusable during winter months due to lack of heat.

“This is a difficult time for many people and gardening is a great thing to turn to during all the social distancing and stay-at-home orders, especially with the upcoming warmer weather,” said program manager Robert Wright.

The plant sale will support space expansion for Gardengate, allowing more people to access the program. The cost of the facility expansion is $500,000 and more than $150,000 has been raised so far.

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