From left: Mauro Manzi

Art gallery improvements to include second community garden

North Columbia Environmental Society receives $5,000 from TD Bank to go towards second community garden at Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.

Revelstoke will soon have a second community garden, located at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.

Hailey Ross of the North Columbia Environmental Society announced the news while receiving a $5,000 donating from the Revelstoke branch of TD Canada Trust on Friday.

The new garden will be located at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre and will be installed when RVAC begins work on landscaping plans for its site on Wilson Street. The complete plans also include a zeriscape garden, small outdoor patio and walkways that would connect Victoria Road to the Columbia River path via the RVAC.

“The dream is for it to happen next year,” said Jackie Pendergast, the manager of RVAC. “We just need funding and permission.”

Ross said the new garden will complement the existing one outside the Revelstoke United Church and will provide more space and larger plots for people to use to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs.

The new garden will be wheelchair accessible.

She said some of the plots would be income generating.

The NCES received the $5,000 donation from TD Bank as part of the branch’s 50th anniversary celebration on Friday. The branch had cake, coffee and other snacks on hand; and several members of senior management travelled to Revelstoke for the occassion.

Charlene Roddick, the branch manager, pointed out that when the branch opened on Oct. 11, 1963, you could buy a pound of coffee at the Shop Easy next door for 69 cents.

 

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