‘Trees without Borders’, May 10

Trees without Borders talk and plant sale with Allan Goddard

On Friday evening, May 10, local landscaper and designer Allan Goddard will share beautiful images of trees from his work and travels around the world. He’ll talk about the diversity, benefits and special features of some of them and take questions about both international and local trees.

Allan started Almonte Landscape Services in 1989 with a wealth of academic and practical experience in horticulture, natural sciences, and landscape design. He has created English country gardens, woodland trails, ponds, streams, waterfalls, and gardens of wonder at museums.

Doors open at 6:30pm with refreshments, silent auction, and sale of plants, garden items and Mother’s Day goodies. Visit vendor tables and chat with a Master Gardener from Almonte Horticultural Society. Talk begins about 7:00pm with a glimpse of a Moringa tree greenhouse initiative and community care programs in Malawi, East Africa, followed by our featured guest speaker and more time to peruse items for sale.

Many thanks to our silent auction donors to date: Rock Wall Gardens, Acanthus, Pat Wolfe Logbuilding School, Darling Wood Farm, Vamos, Equator Coffee, and Pamelart textile artwork.

Entrance by donation. Charitable receipts available for donations of $20 or more. All proceeds from the evening go to the small, grassroots Likulezi Project.

The Likulezi team consists of an unpaid advisor, 13 hardworking local staff, and over 300 local unpaid volunteers. They have developed many community programs as needs arose, including a tree nursery to produce tea from the immune-boosting leaves of indigenous neem trees. Neem is the top request for support from those living with HIV/AIDS in the Phalombe region of Malawi. Other initiatives include grain storage for emergencies like the current one due to flooding, an interactive HIV/AIDS education program, home based care, orphan support, clean water and sanitation systems, literacy and leadership training, capacity building, and vocational training. For more information: www.africaaware.net

Location: Almonte United Church – Social Hall, 106 Elgin St, Almonte.

Call 613-256-2738 to become a vendor or donate plants and garden items!

Learn about this baobab tree in Malawi and others at Trees Without Borders talk with local landscaper Allan Goddard. Photo taken at Likulezi Project, Malawi, by Carolyn Blackstock.