Brandon’s community garden network thriving
Community gardening in Brandon began in 2000 through the work of Samaritan House to bring food security to Brandon low income residents.
There were many challenges in the early years, including gaining access to water.
Since that time, the Community Garden Network has blossomed.
Through partnerships with Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, Healthy Brandon, the City of Brandon, Agricultural Research Station and Samaritan house, all of the gardens have: water access, interested gardeners, and the support of educational workshops.
Community Gardens bring a social aspect to gardening.
The gardeners interact with members of their community while offering a place to provide fresh produce for their family.
Many of the immigrant families coming to Brandon are not aware of the foods that grow best in this region.
Through the Westman Immigrant Services entry program and the Community Gardens workshop series, immigrants are given the resources and knowledge needed to grow fresh and affordable produce.
All gardens offer companionship, food security, low impact exercise, and a safe, welcoming place to come together.
Many of the gardeners have a wide range of experience when it comes to gardening.
The gardeners range from beginner gardens to people who have gardened most of their life.
The Brandon Community Garden Network currently services over 2500 people in Brandon.
A large concentration of those people live in the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corp. (BNRC) zone.
Currently, there are 17 garden locations with over 800 garden plots and a waiting list of approximately 50 people.
The garden network also offers free weekly workshops and seminars to the community from April to October of each year.
Naturally control insects in your lawn and garden
• Lawn Guardian is a package of Canadian beneficial Nematodes that will help you naturally control insects in your lawn and garden.
• This one particularly focuses on the June-Japanese Beetle and European Chafer.
• Once applied, it will hunt down and kill the grubs before they are able to transform into the beetle.
Blossoming apple trees
in the late afternoon sunshine
Artist: Weiming Zhao
We are proud to be able to supply these awesome wheelchairs.
• We have sold many and have had such a great response.
• Stop by the store to compare it against yours.
• You won’t believe the difference!
Tips for hanging framed items
We offer these tips courtesy of Larson-Juhl.
Even the most beautiful pieces of framed art can still look awkward if they are not hung logically.
Some of the key considerations are:
- Choosing framed art that fits the space where it will hang
- Hang frames in reasonably close proximity to the furniture below it to create unison
- Hang frames at eye level for maximum viewing pleasure, keeping in mind people stand in foyers and halls and sit in many other spaces so that height can vary.
To avoid crooked frames on the wall
When frames are hung from a single point, they usually shift on the wall over time.
Both for safety and also to keep frames straight, always hang everything from two points.
On heavier pieces this also helps distribute the weight.
Get your keepsakes out of the drawer!