The 2nd generation Hunniford has been working in the family business since she was twelve. She went away to run a greenhouse in Kamloops for five years, and then came back to help the family business expand to 16 acres of newly-purchased land. “I wanted to help the family business keep going for another generation,” Lacey explains. “I also get really excited about flowers and food. People buying plants tend to be happy, so it's usually a happy place to be.”
The garden centre was busy last season hosting workshops, and is anticipating being even busier this spring: “the response was overwhelming last year, all but one workshop was booked to capacity,” says Lacey. She and her family have added a broader array of workshops for 2019, so there is sure to be something to tickle everyone's green thumb. Hunniford explains that the workshops make it easier for people to pick up new skills. “We're with them, guiding them. It makes gardening more fun and less intimidating.”
We asked Lacey to tell us a little bit about the workshops coming up in March.
Food Gardening in Containers
March 23rd, 9:30-11:00 am.
Hunniford says that this workshop is more of a presentation than an activity: she will be teaching people what they can and can't grow in containers if they don't have the space for a garden. “Some things grow better in containers so if you do it right, it's going to have great results. Watering, fertilizing, all of this becomes more important. It's very accessible; you can start out with five containers of plants on your balcony and get quite a lot of food.”
Kids Fairy Garden
March 24th, 9:30-10:30 am.
This activity was so popular that Hunniford had to repeat it a few times last year. Kids from 4-12 come and are given options of plants and pots to choose from. “They pick a few plants, then we guide them through how to plant the plants, cover the soil surface with rocks and coloured trinkets.” Most children seem to really enjoy the last part – choosing a fairy, a dragon, or an elf to live in their pot. “The kids really love how creative it is. It gets their imagination going; they're interested in the little world they're building, thinking of a little story to go along with it.”
Build an Indoor Succulent Garden
March 30th, 9:30-10:30 am.
Hunniford says that brides or would-be interior decorators will want to sign up for this class. “We're seeing this as a huge trend in the last couple of years – succulents for weddings, parties, the living room.” She adds that this class will focus on choosing succulents that will do well indoors. Participants will be taught how to arrange the succulents in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, how to keep them alive, and where to put them in their homes for best results.
If you're interested in learning more about these workshops or Hunniford Gardens, follow this link.