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Learning Sessions

These sessions are being hosted by Community Gardens Coordinator, Chris Sanford, and feature local gardening experts/enthusiasts. Sessions are held at Hodge Podge Garden (corner of Aberdeen & Elm) or Art Happening (757 King St.).

Every 4th Tuesday of the month April-October, 6-8pm. All are welcome!

$8.70 + $1.30 HST = $10/session

*Free of charge for BCG volunteers and Hodge Podge gardeners.


Feed your Plants: Organic Fertilizers

Gardening organically doesn’t mean you can’t fertilize your vegetable garden for fast results. Learn how to understand fertilizer labels (what is that NPK ratio all about anyway?), what the organic options are, and how to make your own from inexpensive/local ingredients!

Tues., June 27, 6-8pm

Hodge Podge Garden (rain loc- Art Happening)


Summer Weeds and Pests: How to Identify and Control Organically

Are weeds taking over your garden? And how can you tell which insects in the garden are the ones eating your plants? We’ll give the scoop on identifying common weeds and insects pests, and how to deal with them organically. Recipes for organic sprays and other methods of control will be shared!

Tues., July 25, 6-8pm

Hodge Podge Garden (rain loc-Art Happening)


August Learning Session Topic TBD

Tues., August 22, 6-8pm

Hodge Podge Garden (rain loc- Art Happening)

Thanks for the support of Lunenburg County Community Health Board’s
Wellness Grant and industry sponsor, Helping Nature Heal Inc.


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Wednesday July 5, Shipyard’s Landing

3-4pm: Information Session for interested garden mentors

4-5pm: Planting Sweet Cherry Trees

Cherry trees provide sweet smelling and beautiful blossoms in the spring and tasty fruit in the summer! We’ve selected sweet cherry varieties with a compact form for easy picking to plant in a row at Shipyard’s Landing as part of our Foodscapes project. Come lend a hand and learn more about growing fruit and nut trees in Bridgewater!


Wednesday July 12, Aberdeen Green

3-4pm: Information Session for interested garden mentors

4-5pm: Planting Table Grapes

Did you know that you can grow tasty grapes right here in Bridgewater? Join us as we plant a row of table grapes next to the Hodge Podge Garden in Aberdeen Green. Learn how to get started with your own row of grapes and learn more about our Foodscapes project in town parks!


Wednesday July 19, Aberdeen Green

4-5pm: Sharing Gardening Secrets

Do you have gardening secrets passed down through your family or lessons learned the hard way? Come share your knowledge or to pick up tips from garden enthusiasts.


Wednesday July 26, Aberdeen Green

4-5pm: Recipe Swap

Let’s sit in the shade and share our favourite recipes for cooking from the garden! Pickles and preserves, casseroles and soups- bring stories and recipes to share!

Thanks to Nova Scotia’s Age-friendly Communities Grant for the support of this program.


Bridgewater Community Gardens

1618456 10152616058621387 3624154880805079461 nWe have lots of fun gardening projects on the go this summer! Volunteers are welcome to join in at any time. We’re currently busy planting for the bees and butterflies in the Bee’s Needs Pollinator Garden and fruit and berry plants in town parks as part of the Foodscapes project. We host work parties throughout the summer -- get in touch to learn more and stay informed!

Coordinator Onsite “Office Hours”: BCG Coordinator, Chris Sanford, will be at Hodge Podge Garden two Saturday mornings per month May-July. Look for a sandwich board by Aberdeen Road, and stop in to say “hi”!

Gardening Mentorship Program: Are you a someone with gardening knowledge to share? We are starting a mentorship program for organizations with our raised garden beds. You bring the know-how and they bring the muscles! Get in touch with BCG Coordinator, or come to one of our two information sessions July 5 3-4pm at Shipyard’s Landing or July 12 3-4pm at Aberdeen Green. Thanks to Nova Scotia’s Age-friendly Communities Grant for its support of this project!

Join us on Facebook: “Bridgewater Community Gardens Network” public group Check out our webpage: www.bridgewater.ca (click on Town Services: Parks, Recreation & Culture – Community Gardens) Email: BCG Coordinator, Chris Sanford – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call: Bridgewater Parks, Recreation & Culture Department at (902) 543-2274

ALSO! Join us for our 7th Annual Open House and “Bee a Gardener”- A Celebration of our Community’s Agricultural Heritage, Saturday, July 15, 1-4pm (rain date is Sunday July 16th) at Hodge Podge Garden & Aberdeen Green (corner of Aberdeen and Elm).

A fun-filled afternoon to celebrate gardening in our community! Activities and games for all ages (including the best slip ‘n' slide in town!), live music, and demonstrations/tours of our gardening projects. Hodge Podge and cake will be served!


Thanks to Canada’s 150 Forward Fund for extra support for this event, and the Lunenburg County
Community Health Board’s Wellness Grant for helping us improve the Hodge Podge Garden in 2017,
as well as our industry partner, Helping Nature Heal Inc.