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A tasty last hurrah is being held for the Langley Demonstration Garden as it prepares to move to new digs.
The Garden was established by the Township at 4887 – 221 Street in Murrayville in 1992 and is run by the Langley Environmental Partners Society in partnership with the Township. Providing educational and entertaining activities and classes, the Garden is a haven for those who want to know more about sustainable gardening, composting, native plants, and ways to enhance the environment.
To mark the closure, the annual Blackberry Bake-off and Demonstration Garden open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
The public is invited taste blackberry concoctions created by local cooks, enjoy a barbecue lunch, listen to live music, and visit a mini farmers market and kids’ corner.
During the free event, visitors can learn more about the Garden’s new location at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum in the 21200 block of 57 Avenue at the end of September.
“The arboretum is an oasis of trails and trees, and is the perfect place for the Demonstration Garden,” said Township solid waste co-ordinator Debbie Fleming.
Once it is established at the arboretum, the garden will be open throughout the summer, providing green home and garden workshops, Eco-Explorer Kids’ Camps, special events, and classes.
Residents will also be able to drop in and ask questions of staff.
In the meantime, the public is invited to say farewell to the Murrayville site on Aug. 22.
“We’re referring to this event as the ‘Blackberry Send-off’,” joked LEPS executive director Nichole Marples.
“Although it is sad to see the end of the current garden, we are excited about the development of the new location,” she said, adding that it will include community garden plots where residents can grow their own flowers and vegetables.