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Inspiration this weekend at gardening workshops

In the grey days of fall, it can be hard for even the hardiest green thumb to find inspiration. That's where Coquitlam's Inspiration Garden, located in Town Centre Park, comes in.

In the grey days of fall, it can be hard for even the hardiest green thumb to find inspiration.

That's where Coquitlam's Inspiration Garden, located in Town Centre Park, comes in. It's offering he following programs this weekend:

Make a spring lasagna bulb planter with Botanus Inc.: On Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., representatives of Botanus Inc., a mail order bulb company from Langley, will be at the Inspiration Garden to teach you how to make your own lasagna spring bulb planter in an easy hands-on class. Cost is $25 and all supplies are included.

Garden how-to's: planting garlic, broad beans and 'lasagna gardening' plus pesticide free lawn and garden care: On Sunday, Oct. 16, the Inspiration Garden will host back-to-back seminars at a cost of $5 each per person. From at noon to 1:15 p.m., join Sharon Hanna, an experienced food gardener and a regular contributor to GardenWise magazine, creator of HotBeds Grow Some Food at the Inspiration Garden. She will de-mystify how to plant garlic and broad beans, and present a brief demo on "lasagna gardening," also know as "sheet composting," which is an organic way of building new beds. From 2 to 3 p.m. the same day, Catherine Dale, an organic master gardener from Society of Organic Urban Landscapers, will share how to keep your garden and lawn healthy and green naturally, without using artificial chemical herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers.

To register online for any of the three programs outlined above, go to www.coquitlam.ca/inspirationgarden.

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