Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden: Visit the Bees and Take a Class

Do you grow your own fruits and vegetables? Or do you rely on the local farmers to put food on your plate like I do? Gardening may have skipped a generation but with the “Going Green” movement, it is starting to make a comeback. And the City of Coquitlam is trying to grow, develop and support local gardeners with their Inspiration Garden. This teaching demonstration garden is something unique not only to the Tri-Cities, but to all of Metro Vancouver.

Coquitlam Inspiration Garden

The Inspiration Garden in the spring this year. Stop by to see what it looks like now in the summer.

SHARE Bank Profits from Inspiration Garden

Part of Town Centre Park and Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam, Inspiration Garden is a nice addition with its many distinctive areas including a Rose Garden, a Cultural Fusion Garden and a Kitchen Garden. Not only is the site aesthetically pleasing but it has a practical purpose as well. It is a place where workshops are held on a variety of gardening related topics. In addition to it being a place to learn, the food that is grown on-site is donated to SHARE’s food bank. Last year, 600 pounds of food were donated! What a great cause – and if you are interested in volunteering, there are opportunities for everyone, from beginner gardeners to experts in the field. Check out the volunteer opportunities at Inspiration Garden Volunteer Opportunities.

Mason Bees Call the Gardens “Home”

Coquitlam Inspiration Garden

I thought I was getting a shot of one of the Mason Bees but I learned they’re black. Do you know what kind of bee this is?

If you scan Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden, you will find a few homes to some local residents…the Blue Orchid Mason Bees. When wandering the gardens, look up and you will see wooden structures with multiple holes neatly lined up.  These are their tubular “homes”.  Normally afraid of bees, I learned that Mason Bees will usually just fly away due to their shy, non-aggressive behaviour so when I stopped by recently, I was able to enjoy watching them fly from flower to flower.

The Inspiration Garden hosts a number of programs from March to October. Whether you want your child to learn about ladybugs or you want to learn how to pickle and preserve there are a variety of workshops to participate in. The following are the August, 2012 programs that you can sign up for, ranging in price from $5 to $20 per workshop. For detailed information on these programs go to Summer 2012 Calendar.

Child Programs

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 – Kids in The Garden, 6-8 years, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 – Kids in the Garden: Dessert in a Pot, 5-12 years, 10:00 – 11:30am
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 – Kids in the Garden: Ladybug Potsitter, 5-12 years, 10:00 – 11:30am
Thursday, August 23, 2012 – Kids in the Garden, 9-11 years, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Adult Programs

Saturday, August 11, 2012 – Waterwise Gardening, 10:00 – 11:00am
Sunday, August 12, 2012 – Basics of Pickling, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Sunday, August 12, 2012 – Maximize Your Harvest, 2:00 – 3:30pm

For more information about Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden visit their website, or click here to sign up for their newsletter to stay up-to-date on news, events and information.

Inspiration Garden

Corner of Guildford Way and Pipeline Road in Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
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