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GardenSmart will have a booth at the West Vancouver Spring Home and Garden Show Friday, April 20, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, 9: 30 a.m.-5: 30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the West Vancouver Ice Arena, 786 22nd St.

GardenSmart will have a booth at the West Vancouver Spring Home and Garden Show Friday, April 20, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, 9: 30 a.m.-5: 30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the West Vancouver Ice Arena, 786 22nd St. Come learn about the Green Can program and backyard composting. Info: www.greencan. northshorerecycling.ca.

The B.C. Fuchsia and Begonia Society will hold their annual plant, bake and craft sale Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver. Info: info@ bcfuchsiasociety.com.

Earth Day: Whole Foods Market will team up with AspenClean for its annual free product swap with the goal of eliminating harmful chemical cleaning products Saturday, April 21, 1-3 p.m. Customers are invited to trade in their conventional household cleaning products for 100 per cent natural replacements (maximum one per person). Whole Foods Market North Shore location is in Park Royal Village.

GardenSmart Workshop - Advanced Backyard Veggie Production: Learn tips and tricks to maximize your

harvest Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.-noon at John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West First St., North Vancouver. Admission: $5. Registration: 604-990-3755. Info: www. gardensmart.ca.

The Point Grey Chrysanthemum Association will hold a rooted cutting sale Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-noon at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver. Info: 604-943-0996 or sgpinton@ dccnet.com.

Celebrate Earth Day Saturday, April 22, noon-4 p.m. at Heywood Park, North Vancouver. Activities will include the opening of the Heywood Park playground and the new fish hatchery as well as the kickoff for the city's Green Can food scraps collection program. Info: www.cnv.org/ earthday.

GardenSmart Workshop - Gardening on a Budget: Learn how to grow a great garden without breaking the bank Wednesday, April 25, 78: 30 p.m. at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver. Admission: $5. Registration: 604-990-3755. Info: www.gardensmart. ca.

Special Lecture - Private Paradise: Learn about Elsie Reford's lily garden on the Lower St. Lawrence Thursday, April 26, 7: 30 p.m. in the Visitor Centre at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver. The gardens' current director Alexander Reford will talk about the development of Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens and how they continue to contribute to innovation in horticulture and garden design. Admission: $15 for non-members, $10 for members. Tickets are available at the administration office or at the door. Info: www. vandusengarden.org.

A Friends of the Garden Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.1 p.m. at Park & Tilford Gardens, North Vancouver. Well informed volunteers will help choosing interesting and unusual plants well suited to our climate. Master gardeners will be available to answer all gardening questions. Rain or shine, cash only. Funds raised go towards enhancing the garden.

Plantmania: VanDusen Botanical Garden will hold its annual plant sale Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 5251 Oak St., Vancouver. This year's theme is Small Space Gardens, but there will be plants suitable for all types and sizes of gardens. Master gardeners will be on site to give advice. Info: www.vandusengarden.org.

Rainforest Programs for Adults - Moss and Mushrooms: A close look at the forest floor will be taken in search of spring mushrooms and tiny mosses Saturday, May 12, 1-2: 30 p.m. at Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, 3663 Park Rd., North Vancouver. Fee: $5. Registration: 604-990-3755. Info: www.dnv. org/ecology/.

Pond Dipping - The World Beneath the Lily Pads: A program for families with children ages five to 11 Saturday, May 26, 10: 30 a.m.-noon or 1: 30-3 p.m. at

VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver. Fee: $20 per non-member family or $10 per member family. Registration required: 604-718-5898 or www.familyprograms@ vandusen.org.

Bird Survey: All levels of birders welcome on the first Saturday of the month, 8 a.m.12: 30 p.m. at Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, 2645 Dollarton Hwy., North Vancouver. Info: 6049034471. Info: www.wildbirdtrust. org.

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