Take a walk to this magical ­Garden Party ­during FernFest

›› Alexis Hogan

Join the Compost Education Centre on June 22nd from 11:00am to 3:00pm for our Summer Solstice Garden Party, a satellite event of FernFest, located in the Teaching Gardens of the Compost Education Centre in the heart of Fernwood!

Chock full of awesomeness, the Summer Solstice Garden Party, which is part AGM, part community celebration and part silent auction, is sure to deliver the goods during a packed weekend. Heck, with all the fun things going on around the city, we might as well call it a city-wide Summer Solstice Festival!

At the Compost Education ­Centre, located at 1216 North Park Street, we will hold our Annual General Meeting from 11:00am to noon. Here, members in good standing can vote on issues important to our organization and learn about the CEC’s extraordinary accomplishments in 2018. AGM attendees are automatically entered to win a door prize, and also receive a free meal ticket for our afternoon BBQ in the garden! (Yep, we’re bribing you to show up for an important meeting.)

Following the AGM, at 12:00pm and 2:00pm, our Site Manager, Kayla, will lead interactive site tours. Not gonna be here at 11:00am for our AGM, or not ­familiar with our site? Never fear, ­volunteers at FernFest’s Field of Dreams will be waiting to guide folks to our Teaching Gardens, and signage around the neighbourhood will point you in the right direction. During these 30 minute site tours, guests will learn through sight, smell, touch, and taste about our ­Teaching Gardens and multifaceted educational programming.

From 12:30pm to 3:00pm, we’ll be serving up BBQ eats and ice cold drinks by donation. Simultaneously, we will be hosting our annual silent auction in our Strawbale Classroom. Auction items are comprised of donations from an array of local businesses, from swanky restaurants, to useful gardening supplies, those much needed self-care gift cards, and so much more!

Come celebrate the fruits of our ­garden (and our labour), relax, and visit in the garden with good music, good food, and good company while supporting the ­Compost Education Centre’s ­commitment to accessible education, environmental ­sustainability, and, undoubtedly, ­composting. Whether you’re a longtime friend of the Compost Education Centre or a first time visitor, we would love to have you!