Stroll Callander’s gardens to help raise library funds

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Callander’s Public Library’s Community Fundraising Committee is hosting a very green way to raise some funds—a garden tour. The event takes place rain or shine on Saturday, July 16th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and tickets can be purchased from the library on that date or before for $15. All money raised is going towards the building fund for the new Callander Library.

Zoe Warenik, one of the main organizers of the event, mentioned there are seven gardens on the self-guided tour, and in addition to the gardens, local artisans will be highlighted as well along the way—hence the event’s title, Callander’s Garden & Artisan Tour.

It’s the first year for the event— “we’ve never done a garden tour before”—explained the library’s CEO, Melissa Sones. Despite being a green idea, Sones mentioned the tour “seemed like a perfect opportunity” as the event is outside, free of crowds, with lots of fresh air and greenery.

After two years with little fundraising events due to Covid, organizers saw this as a great opportunity to ease back into things. “It’s a fun and safe opportunity to get outside and support the local library,” Warenik said.

Once you hand over your $15 to library staff, they will give you the map outlining the stops on the tour. Gardens can be visited in any order, as long as those visits fall within the tour times. There is also a stop planned at Memory Tree Park, just off Main Street South, near Rock Street. Here you will find some friendly members of the Callander Horticultural Society, willing to answer your plant and garden questions, including offering some tips on what types of greenery are best for local gardens.

If your passion for plants temporarily dries up, your tour ticket will also grant you admission to the Callander Bay Heritage Museum and Alex Dufresne Gallery. The gallery is currently hosting an exhibit entitled “Flowers, Feathers, Forests,” so the garden theme will continue within.

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The ticket will also give you a 10 per cent discount on any purchases made at Laporte’s Nursery and Greenhouses on Lakeshore Drive in North Bay. However, organizers remind you that both the admission to the museum and the discount at Laporte’s is only good on the day of the tour.

When asked why Laporte’s Nursery and Greenhouses wanted to become involved in the tour, owner Lori Laporte explained that “I want people to beautify North Bay and surrounding areas. I think that’s very important, and I want people to succeed,” in their beautification efforts. “I want to help them in their journey of planting.”

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca

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